Day five at the LTA’s Ilkley Trophy saw players battle hot conditions as well as their opponents, with LTA Pro Scholarship Programme player Jodie Burrage shrugging off the challenging conditions to beat Mai Hontama of Japan 6-3 6-2 in 71- minutes.
I played her pretty smart and just happy to be through to the next round Jodie Burrage
Burrage, from Surrey, dominated the serve of the Japanese fifth seed throughout the match, with some punishing returns. Fellow Briton Sonay Kartal, from Sussex, also advanced after beating compatriot Lily Miyazaki 3-6 6-3 6-3.
“I played a really good match today,” Burrage said. “Obviously it was pretty straight-forward, 3 and 2.
“I served really well and actually returned really well. My opponent doesn’t have the biggest of serves and I really capitalised on that and really used it to my advantage to get on top of the points right at the start, so I played a good match. I played her pretty smart and just happy to be through to the next round.”
Two British doubles pairings also advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger event and one pairing in the ITF W100 event. Julian Cash and Henry Patten continued their recent run of form by defeating Americans Nicholas Monroe and Max Schnur 6-2 6-1. Later in the day, Aidan McHugh and Luke Johnson beat French pairing Lucas Pouille and Constant Lestienne 6-4 4-6 10-7.
Johnson, from Leeds, sealed the win with a forehand passing shot that delighted the British fans on Court 3 at Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.
“I think we got off to a really good start which helped us,” Johnson said. “I mean, they’re two very well-established singles players so we knew we had to assert ourselves on the court early and we did that. We also knew that there would be twists and turns so it was good to get through.”
In the women’s doubles draw, Kartal and partner Nell Miller won through retirement at 6-3 2-1 against Arina Rodionova and Yanina Wickmayer.
In the men’s singles, Australian fourth seed John Millman was knocked out by Dutch qualifier Gijs Brouwer 6-4 6-2. Brouwer will face lucky loser Alexei Popyrin in the quarter-finals on Friday. Dan Cox, the only remaining Brit in the men’s draw, fell to Zizou Bergs of Belgium 7-6(2) 6-4.