Wild card Freya Christie has reached the quarter-finals of the ITF $25k event in Woking, after a thrilling three-sets victory over fellow-Brit Francesca Jones.
Christie fought back from a first set deficit to defeat her 17 year-old opponent 6-7 7-6 6-2 in a match that lasted three hours. Jones, who claimed an impressive win against Latvian 7th seed Diana Marcinkevica, had been on a fantastic run of form after being a finalist in Vienna and winning last week’s ITF $15k tournament in Tampere.
Victory confirms Christie’s best run in a singles tournament this year as she continues her comeback from injury.
It’s been a tough year for the 20 year-old, who suffered a wrist injury and has seen her ranking drop outside the top 500. The former world number 286 has struggled to put a string of wins together in 2018, but has shown signs in recent weeks that she could be getting back to her best.
Last week, Christie came through three rounds of qualifying at the Challenger Banque Nationale De Granby – an ITF $60k tournament – before pushing fourth seed Francesca di Lorenzo in three sets. A good run in Woking, and backing it up in Chiswick next week, could see Christie build all-important momentum going into the latter stages of the season.
She will now face 4th seed Andreea Amalia Rosca in the quarter-finals. The Romanian, who is ranked at 233, defeated Briton Eden Silva 6-4 6-3.
Elsewhere, Maia Lumsden fell to Ivana Jorovic 6-2 6-4, whilst Jodie Burrage was unable to serve out the second set against 8th seed Pemra Ozgen, losing 6-3 7-5.
Freya Christie was also successful in the doubles, teaming up with Sam Murray to oust British pair Anoushka Wooller and Martina Paladini Jennings 6-1 6-0.