New York | Boulter and Burrage win openers, making a perfect 7 for the Brits

Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage made it a clean sweep by the Brits at the US Open in New York, as 3 women joined the 4 men in the 2nd-round, without the loss of a single set.

It’s been a really good day for all of us. Definitely, I did feel the pressure, but it’s also a really good day, and it puts you in a better mood when other people are winning. It makes you believe that you can do it a little bit more I think as well. Jodie Burrage

Boulter credits the boisterous crowd for her success, as the British No 1 produced a sterling performance to dispatch France’s Diane Parray, 6-4 6-0, in 82 minutes to open proceedings on Court 6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

“It was tight in the first set, and I just tried to stay with her, but at the end, I played some great tennis which is good for me going into the second round,” said Boulter, who provisionally rises to No 53 in the live rankings. “It’s so good for me.”

The 27-year-old, who reached a career-high world ranking of 60 this month, fired off 31 winners against Parry, before clinching the match with a 106mph ace.

“I felt the love out there today, which was really, really nice,” said Boulter. “It was such a good atmosphere.

“What I love most is those front courts where they have all the matches going along all the time. It’s a challenge for me to focus and stay in the moment, and not hear all the other courts going on, which is what I did unbelievably well today.

“The fans got me over the line. I don’t know if they were British, American. I think they were everything, which was super nice. There were a lot of GB flags, which made me feel very at home.

“I did appreciate it out there. When you hear little kids screaming your name, that’s when it pushes you. It makes you think for a second, ‘hey, this is where I want to be and these are the matches that I want to play’.”

Having swept past Parry, Boulter faces China’s Yafan Wang next, who pulled off the biggest upset of Day 2 of the US Open, by beating another Frenchwoman, 2022 semi-finalist Caroline Garcia, 6-4 6-1.


Jodie Burrage made it a perfect 7 when she beat Anna Blinkova on Tuesday night, with all 7 Brits, 3 women and 4 men, advancing without losing a set in New York

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Much later in the day, under the lights, Burrage rounded off the remarkable clean sweep by beating Russian Anna Blinkova, 6-3 6-4 out on Court 9, joining Lily Miyazaki, who won her 1st-round match as the sole Brit on Monday.

“Hopefully I’ve started everyone off well today,” Miyazaki told Sky Sports afterwards, and that proved to be the case, as Cameron Norrie, Andy Murray, Jack Draper and Dan Evans all won in straight sets.

Burrage made it a perfect 7, beating the World No 38 in 76 minutes to ensure all British players in the singles draws advanced.

“It’s been a really good day for all of us,” said Burrage. “Definitely, I did feel the pressure, but it’s also a really good day, and it puts you in a better mood when other people are winning. It makes you believe that you can do it a little bit more I think as well.

“I was very much following the all results. I sat in the changing room. They have a little room with about six TVs. I had Andy and Jack on there and followed the other girls this morning.

“I was back at the hotel for Bolts’ match but watched her online. Supporting the others, to know what’s going on and not think about me too much. Especially a day like today where you’re hanging around a lot, you can get inside your own head a little bit I think and think about the match too much.”

Burrage’s next opponent is the formidable Aryna Sabalenka, the World No 2 from Belarus, who won her opening match in the last night session match on Louis Armstrong against Belgian Maryna Zanevska, 6-3 6-2.





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