Katy Dunne one win from Nature Valley Classic qualification

Katy Dunne defeated fellow wild card Jodie Burrage to reach the final qualifying round of the Nature Valley Classic in Edgbaston.

Dunne, who defeated her first top 100 player yesterday against Natalia Vikhlyantseva, was pushed by her 19 year-old opponent but eventually came through to claim a 7-5 6-3 victory. Katy Dunne qualified for the main draw in 2014 and will be looking to make her first WTA main draw this year.

Jodie Burrage claimed her first ever WTA victory yesterday in an assured performance against the returning Bojana Jovanovski Petrovic. And it was the teenager that made the better start, breaking Dunne and then holding serve to take a 5-3 lead. But, after failing to take two set points on Dunne’s serve, Burrage couldn’t see out the set and let another two set points slip before Dunne could level the scores.

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Jodie Burrage was unable to capture the same serving statistics that served her so well yesterday.

It was at this point that the match changed on its head as the more experienced Brit took her second set point on the Burrage serve. Burrage, who served six aces in yesterday’s victory, was unable to replicate the same form, serving six double faults instead.

The second set was pretty even, until Dunne broke her opponent’s serve and then claimed the match after 90 minutes. She will now face Italian number one Camila Giorgi, who reached the quarter-final stage last year, or Oceane Dodin.

Image courtesy of Peter Menzel @ Flickr.

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