Burrage loses in Jodhpur Open final

Jodie Burrage was unable to claim her biggest career title as she lost 6-3 3-6 6-3 to Japan’s Miharu Imanishi in the final of the Jodhpur Open.

The Briton was unable to claim a third-successive seeded scalp as she fell just short in Sunday’s final.

Looking to claim her first ever W25 title, Burrage was broken in the seventh game before missing several opportunities to break immediately back. Burrage was much more composed in the second set, breaking twice to race into a 5-2 lead and taking the set on the Japanese’s service game.

Despite being broken in the opening game of the final set, the 19 year-old had opportunities to break back, with Imanishi come through two marathon service games to take a 3-1 lead. And despite a mini revival, Burrage was unable to force her opponent to serve for the match, going down in three tough sets.

While it wasn’t the outcome that Burrage was looking for, a final appearance at a W25 event is something that would’ve been unexpected a few weeks ago when she was displaying images of her with a cast around her foot. The Brit has come out of the blocks well in 2019, and with a few opportunities coming up in Britain, with the Shrewsbury W60 and Glasgow W25, Burrage should be given opportunities for more main draw scalps in the coming weeks.

A new career high will be announced when the rankings are updated on 11 February; another indicator that 2019 could be the year that we see Burrage rise and make a big impact on the ITF circuit.

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