In an all British battle, Katie Boulter has come from a set down to defeat Jodie Burrage in the Canberra International final.
Boulter winning the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in front of a sizeable crowd at the Canberra Tennis Centre.
Burrage broke twice in the opening set, with Boulter having one break in the opening game of the match. Burrage immediately broke back.
The second break of serve for Burrage coming at 4-3 when back-to-back unforced forehand errors saw Boulter at 0-30. A backhand into the net saw Burrage suddenly with three break points. One was saved after Burrage hit long from inside the service line.
Burrage held serve to secure the first set.
In the second set it took just one break for Boulter to claim the set. Boulter earned the break point with a backhand service return winner. After a long rally Boulter converted with a forehand winner.
In the third set a kookaburra decided to make an appearance halting play for a short moment.
“I’ve seen a few kookaburras this week but this is the first time in a long time I can remember I’ve seen any and they are quite the species,” Boulter said.
“They’re pretty cool.
“I don’t know what that was but it was definitely an interesting noise. It was pretty funny. It was nice to have a lighthearted game to keep a bit of perspective and remind yourself that it’s not the be all and end all.”
Boulter got well on top in the third set, breaking twice to seal the championship.
The first break coming in the opening game of the third set, the second in the fifth game for a 4-1 lead.
Earlier in the match Burrage had hurt her knee after a long rally.