At the Eastbourne International, Coco Gauff showcased her exceptional skills as she outclassed Jodie Burrage, securing a spot in the quarter-finals. Currently ranked seventh in the world, Gauff overwhelmed her British opponent with an impressive score of 6-1, 6-1 in just one hour of play.
Burrage struggled to match Gauff’s level throughout the match, losing ten consecutive games before finally breaking Gauff’s serve as the American served for the victory. However, Gauff swiftly regained her composure, ensuring a swift recovery to secure her triumph and secure a place in the tournament’s last 16.
In the upcoming round, Gauff will face either her doubles partner and world number three, Jessica Pegula, or Colombia’s Camila Osorio.
Speaking on BBC Two, the 19-year-old Gauff shared her thoughts on the match, saying, “Jodie has performed well on grass over the past few weeks, and I hope she has a great time at Wimbledon. Being in a town like Eastbourne, where you can take peaceful walks, reminds me of home. It’s a calm atmosphere I need before entering a Grand Slam.”
Burrage, who received a wildcard entry, will also compete at Wimbledon, commencing on July 3. She had an impressive run at the Nottingham Open at the beginning of the grass-court season, reaching the final after defeating world number 23 Magda Linette and experienced French player Alize Cornet.
Nonetheless, Burrage faced a significant challenge against Gauff, who holds a ranking 121 places higher and possesses exceptional agility on grass courts. Gauff dominated the first set, winning five consecutive games, including a powerful backhand winner and a 124mph ace to solidify her lead.
In the second set, Burrage put up a fight in the opening game, but a missed backhand resulted in Gauff breaking her serve. The American went on to claim another five consecutive games. Burrage managed to avoid a complete shutout by winning one game, bringing the score to 5-1. However, on match point, she hit a forehand shot beyond the baseline, granting Gauff the victory.
In other matches, Russian ninth seed Daria Kasatkina triumphed over 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to secure her place in the last 16. Pliskova, who has struggled for consistency recently, expressed frustration over a disputed Kasatkina forehand that was not called out during a crucial moment in the third set. Despite leading with a break in the final set, Pliskova lost the point and her serve, allowing Kasatkina to take a 4-3 lead. Kasatkina later broke Pliskova’s serve again, setting up a quarter-final clash against either French second seed Caroline Garcia or Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan.
Additionally, Croatia’s Petra Martic advanced when eighth seed Beatriz Haddad Maia retired due to illness while trailing 6-4, 3-2.
Later on Wednesday, Britain’s Harriet Dart is set to face former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tennis tournament
Q: Who dominated the match between Coco Gauff and Jodie Burrage at the Eastbourne International?
A: Coco Gauff dominated the match, defeating Jodie Burrage with a score of 6-1, 6-1.
Q: What was the outcome of the match between Daria Kasatkina and Karolina Pliskova?
A: Daria Kasatkina emerged victorious, defeating Karolina Pliskova with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Q: Which player retired due to illness during the match?
A: Beatriz Haddad Maia retired from the match against Petra Martic due to illness when trailing 6-4, 3-2.
Q: Who will Coco Gauff face in the next round of the Eastbourne International?
A: Coco Gauff will face either Jessica Pegula or Camila Osorio in the next round.
Q: Is Jodie Burrage participating in Wimbledon?
A: Yes, Jodie Burrage has received a wildcard entry and will be participating in Wimbledon.
Q: Who will Daria Kasatkina face in the quarter-finals?
A: Daria Kasatkina will face either Caroline Garcia or Ana Bogdan in the quarter-finals.