Ilkley | Galfi and Bergs victorious

Hungary’s Dalma Galfi defeated Britain’s Jodie Burrage 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win her first ITF W100 tournament

It was really a great week for me, the crowd was great even though it was against me a lot, but we were enjoying the atmosphere; the tournament is great and I would love to come back next year Dalma Galfi

In what was an up and down match for both players, the deciding set was halted when Galfi, the top seed, went off court for a medical time-out after a slip at 2-2.

Galfi remained focussed despite huge home support for Burrage, and converted her break points in the final set before serving out the match.

It has been a successful week for Burrage, who is supported as part of the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme.

Reaching the biggest final of her career will see her reach a lifetime-high ranking inside the World’s Top 170 on Monday, improving her position some 35 spots in one week.

“It’s been such a pleasure to play in front of you guy,” Burrage said following her loss.

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever played in front of a crowd as good as you guys so I’ve loved every single minute of, maybe not the last two points, but yeah apart from that, every single minute.

“I’ve played some good tennis and yeah just ready to keep that going.”

Galfi who had taken painkillers to help her through the final, congratulated both her opponent and the crowd.

“I also would like to congratulate Jodie for a great week because she played amazing,” she said.

“Even today, it was really, really, tough match and good luck for Wimby.

“It was really a great week for me, the crowd was great even though it was against me a lot, but we were enjoying the atmosphere; the tournament is great and I would love to come back next year.”


Zizou Bergs wins the men's Challenger

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Belgian Zizou Bergs picked up his fourth ATP Challenger title as he defeated former world no.8 Jack Sock 7-6(7) 2-6 7-6(6) in a marathon match lasting two hours and 44-minutes.

“Pretty incredible,” Bergs said. “I mean, it’s been five years I haven’t played on grass. When I played in juniors it was a really bad experience to be honest, I didn’t win one match. So to be able here to deliver such a level, for me it’s incredible to see it, to feel it, to build further on that and then after that starting from qualies it’s been a tough week but just so so happy to be through with it.”

Sock led the final set tiebreak 4-2 but Bergs dug deep to get himself back into a winning position and his relentless groundstrokes proved too consistent for the American.

“Yeah, congrats to Zizou for an incredible week coming from qualies and to his team. I’m sure we’ll see each other around. It’s been a good week here. I’ve played some great tennis for sure and hopefully next time I’ll get it done. Thanks to you guys for coming out, really appreciate it and see you soon.”
The victory means that Bergs will earn a wild card into this year’s Wimbledon Championships, his first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam.





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