Jodie Burrage causes upset in Shrewsbury

Qualifier Jodie Burrage has reached the second round of the W60 tournament in Shrewsbury, after her opponent Valentini Grammatikopoulou retired in her opening round match.

Burrage served incredibly well throughout the match, where she led 6-3 4-0 before her opponent retired. The Brit’s powerful play, particularly impressing on her backhand, frustrated the Greek, who is ranked 198 places above Jodie.

Grammatikopoulou became frustrated in the second set, making many errors and bemoaning line judge calls from the umpire. And after being broken for a second time in the second set, the Greek threw away an easy fourth game and subsequently retired.

For Burrage, she showed great patience and her shot selection wasn’t impacted by her opponent’s discomfort and complaints. After reaching her first W25 final in Jodhpur two weeks ago, the Brit’s good run continues, and another good run in Shrewsbury will see her continue to propel up the rankings.

She will face either Tereza Smitkova or Sherazad Reix in the second round. Burrage joins Maia Lumsden as the only Brits left in the main draw, following defeats for Fran Jones, Freya Christie, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady.

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