Katie Boulter in the first round of the 2022 Rothesay Classic in Birmingham, UK
Katie Boulter in the first round of the 2022 Rothesay Classic in Birmingham, UK | (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | WTA Eastbourne 2022 | Boulter, Dart and Burrage face tough opposition in second round

By Ros Satar

  • Katie Boulter v Karolina Pliskova [4]
  • Jodie Burrage [WC] v Paula Badosa [1]
  • Harriet Dart [WC] v Jil Teichmann [10]
EASTBOURNE, UK – It’s a quick turnaround as Harriet Dart and Jodie Burrage join Katie Boulter in the second round at the Rothesay International.

 

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Katie Boulter v Karolina Pliskova [4] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Katie Boulter v Karolina Pliskova [4] H2H: Pliskova leads 1-0
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It was another strong win for Katie Boulter as she dispatched Tereza Martincova in straight sets. The Brit started strongly building up a 4-2 lead, in the first set, before being pegged back and battling back in the first set. Another quick start whittled away but Boulter started quickly in tie-break, holding on for a 7-5 7-6(5) win.

She earns a match up against Karolina Pliskova, who has just three matches on grass to her name, having to battle her way to the Berlin quarter-final. Pliskova started her season late after a freak injury at the start of the year and has notched up one semi-final and the quarter-final last week since her return in March.

The two-time Eastbourne champion has all the experience to get over the line, but Boulter is in good form and has the home crowd behind her.

Prediction: Boulter in three sets.

 

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Jodie Burrage [WC] v Paula Badosa [1] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Jodie Burrage [WC] v Petra Martic H2H: Watson leads 1-0 (Qualifying)
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Third on Court 1, not before 2pm BST BBC Sport

Jodie Burrage scored her best win of her career over Petra Martic in the first round, coming from a set down to win her first main draw match at Eastbourne. Twice she had to overcome a first break from Martic to keep the comeback on, adding to a week that saw her break the Top 170 for the first time.

She earns match-up against the top seed Paula Badosa, whose great run at Roland Garros, where she was emerging as one of the favourites, ended in a sudden retirement.

It is probably safe to say grass is not one of Badosa’s strongest surfaces but she did reach the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, and has more experience on the tour so far than Burrage – but this could be the upset of the day if Burrage can overturn the top seed.

Prediction: Badosa in three sets.

 

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Harriet Dart [WC] v Jil Teichmann [10] | H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Harriet Dart [WC] v Jil Teichmann [10] H2H: Watson leads 1-0 (Qualifying)
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Third on Court 2, not before 2pm BST BBC Sport

Harriet Dart demonstrated her now trademark fighting spirit against Madison Brengle, coming back from a set down to earn a second career win in Eastbourne. She faces Jil Teichmann, who enjoyed a solid clay court season, but her record on grass is not great, on a five-match losing streak including qualifying, and 0-3 in main draw matches.

Prediction: Dart in straight sets.

 

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