Brilliant Burrage Delights In Eastbourne

Jodie Burrage (photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)


Briton Jodie Burrage achieved the biggest win of her career by ranking after she outlasted World No. 80 Petra Martic of Croatia 3-6 7-5 6-3 at the Rothesay International Eastbourne. The Ilkley Trophy runner-up battled from a set and 3-5 down and two points from defeat to overcome the former World No. 14 after two hours and 13 minutes. The new British No.5 cracked the WTA top 200 in today’s rankings update and celebrated with the second top-100 win of her career.

“I only got in at 12 last night from Ilkley, so to win that in a three-set battle like it was, I really didn’t think I had it in me, but I’ve proved myself wrong yet again,” said Burrage. “I’ve got a lot more confidence in myself. I’m coping mentally better on court and I’m also a lot fitter. I’m just riding the energy of British tennis right now which is off the charts.”

Great Britain’s Harriet Dart fought back from a set down to topple the World No. 57 Madison Brengle from the United States 3-6 6-1 6-4. Dart extended her run of winning in the opening round at every grass-court tournament this season, as the Middlesex player reached the second round at Eastbourne for a third time in her career. It was her fourth top-100 win of the grass-court season for the British No. 2.

“I knew that it was never going to be easy. It was really important to regroup after the first set,” said Dart. “It was really tough and without the crowd I don’t think I would’ve got through. I felt the support out there and used it to my advantage. I definitely feel at home on the grass.”

Draper, de Minaur advance 

In the men’s draw, home favourite Jack Draper delighted on his debut at Devonshire Park as he defeated US-American Jenson Brooksby 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court. It is the third-best ranking scalp of his career (No. 34) and comes a week after he beat old No. 14 Taylor Fritz of the United States at the Cinch Championships. Draper raced into the lead as he took the opening set inside 32 minutes without dropping a point on his first serve. His level remained high in the second set and he finished the job in 64 minutes.

“I played really well today, I’m very happy with my performance today,” said Draper. “I felt like I learnt a few lessons from Queens and coming here I’ve felt really confident. There’s a good atmosphere around the place and playing in front of a home crowd always helps. I hope to play at this level more off my own merit.”

Alex de Minaur from Australian began his title defence in fine fashion as he defeated Cristian Garin in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court. The No. 6 seed extended his record to three wins against the Chilean. Garin had saved three match points on his serve, but was unable to turn the tide and fell to the defending champion after 81 minutes.

“I’m extremely happy. It’s great to be back in sunny Eastbourne, it is a pleasure to play here. It’s one of the seasons that I enjoy the most. I played a very good match today which I’m proud of, so hopefully I can keep it going,” said de Minaur.

Serena Williams will make her return to the grass courts of Devonshire Park on Tuesday as she teams up with Ons Jabeur in the last match of the day on Centre Court to take on Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Rothesay International Eastbourne Results