Ilkley | Brits Kartel & Burrage clash in semis

A mix of sunny, windy and rainy conditions met Day 6 at the LTA Ilkley Trophy in West Yorkshire, which saw Sonay Kartal and Jodie Burrage set up an all-British semi-final for Saturday.

I’m just focussing on the next match and getting the job done here before I start that Jodie Burrage

Wildcard Kartal, from Sussex, kicked winning proceedings off for the Brits by defeating Simona Waltert of Switzerland 6-2 6-3.

Switzerland’s Waltert struggled with a wrist injury as well as the blustery conditions while Kartal looked confident in her performance throughout.

“I think she’s struggling with a bad wrist it seemed but the conditions today were really tricky” Kartal said.

“The wind picked up quite a lot during the match. I just tried to accept that I’m not going to play my best tennis in this kind of weather and just tried to stick with it for the whole match.

“I’m just taking one match at a time, and yeah I’m not looking any further ahead, I’m just concentrating on who’s across me on the net on the day.”

Burrage, from Surrey, swiftly overcame Ukrainian fourth seed Daria Snigur 6-2 6-3.

“For the last few weeks I’ve just been thinking about each match as it comes, really not trying to think about it too much,” commented Burrage after her win

“I’m just focussing on the next match and getting the job done here before I start that.”

Kartal leads the head-to-head 1-0 after beating Burrage earlier this year at the ITF W25 event in Glasgow.

Leeds-born and home favourite Naiktha Bains picked up a big win with Scottish partner Maia Lumsden in the ITF W100 doubles event.

The British pairing, who have secured their first final together at the ITF W100 level, defeated French second seeds Estelle Cascino and Jessika Ponchet 7-5 6-1.

In the doubles event of the ATP Challenger, the in-form pairing of Julian Cash and Henry Patten knocked out the No.1 seeds Fabrice Martin and Hugo Nys 6-7(3) 6-3 10-5.

The British duo, who were runners-up at the Nottingham ATP Challenger last week, lost out in a tight first set but after a brief rain delay came back the stronger of the two to take the second set. A dominant tiebreak performance helped the pair to close out the match to take them to a third Challenger final in as many weeks.

In the singles draw, Jack Sock of the US at five is the only remaining seed as he defeated the second seeded Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-6(4) 3-6 7-6(3) to reach the semis

“That was interesting for sure. Really tricky conditions here this year for sure, I love playing over here but we usually don’t see the sun that much so that was a factor of today,” the American said

“The wind is pretty crazy down here, I think this valley makes it very tricky, it’s moving all over and then you’re playing a guy who can take the racket out of your hand. I don’t think I’ve ever got aced that much in my life so he’s an incredible server, he’s a great grass court player so I knew it was gonna be tough.”

The other semi-final features qualifier Zizou Berg of Belgium against Aussie Alexei Popyrin.a Lucky Loser after the former beat Andreas Seppi of Itly 6-2 5-7 6-3 and the latter another qualifier, Gigs Brouwer of The Netherlands 6-0 7-5.



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