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Boulter wins Progress Tour Championships

Katie Boulter may have dropped her first set of the week but was ultimately too strong for Jodie Burrage on her way to winning the Progress Tour Women's Championships in London.

The World No.85 won all three group matches and her semi-final with relative ease but Burrage was the form player coming into the contest having reached her third tournament final in as many weeks.

Burrage, the British No.7, claimed the first set 6-3 and took the second set to a tie-break. But Boulter fought back to claim victory, 3-6 7-6 6-2. 

"It was a massive battle for me, I thought we both played well, it was very good for me to get through that and it gives me a lot of confidence going into a lot more matches that I’ll play now," Boulter said.

"Nothing replicates playing a match, it’s completely different out there and to get through five matches out there is an accomplishment in itself and not be completely toast afterwards, it’s definitely a well accomplished week.

"The event has been really, really fun.  It’s come at the perfect time and I’m really happy to be back on the match court and I’m thankful fo everyone for putting it together."

The Progress Tour Women's Championships have provided playing and earning opportunities for 28 players throughout the event at a time when Covid-19 travel and lockdown restrictions have severely limited the income streams of professional tennis players.

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