Katie Boulter is also making solid use of her wildcard, as she overcame Karolina Pliskova to book a spot in the third round against another good grass-playing Czech, Petra Kvitova. It was a slow start for Boulter, who was quickly overwhelmed by Pliskova in the first set, as she won five games in a row before Boulter finally got on the board.
Boulter started to work herself back into the match, getting chances to break in every Pliskova game until she finally took her chance. She was broken back straight away but gaining in confidence she broke back to level the match.
It was a lot edgier in the decider, with braces of breaks before Boulter broke one last time for the match. She faces Kvitova who is back on her beloved grass, and who reached the final on her 2011 debut in Eastbourne (before going on to win Wimbledon for the first time).
Kvitova is actually a little match-shy having gone out in the first round and faces the Brit who is in solid form, but as with Burrage, she has had a lot of play and fatigue could catch up with her.
Jodie Burrage’s form on grass took her to a career best win as she defeated top seed Paula Badosa. Burrage stayed toe-to-toe with the Spaniard, who had been widely regarded as one of the favourites in Roland Garros before having to retire injured and was coming into this match very cold.
It was Burrage making the running in the first set with the first break point chances, before final getting the breakthrough at end of the first set. It started out as one-way traffic in the second set with Burrage leaping out to a 4-0 lead, and while Badosa got one of the breaks back, it was not enough as Burrage advances to meet Beatriz Haddad Maia in some very rare form herself. She won in Nottingham and Birmingham and is currently on a 11-match winning streak.
This is by far the Brazilian’s best main draw run on grass, but she is against a Brit who has had to overcome ankle surgeries and has won six of her last seven matches. Fatigue might be a factor – for both.
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