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Katie Boulter

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Katie Boulter

Katie Boulter will face Jodie Burrage in the final of the LTA Progress Tour Women's Championships after both won their semis in straight sets in Roehampton yesterday.

Boulter saw off her close friend Freya Christie 6-3 7-6 (5) in their last-four contest at the National Tennis Centre.

Meanwhile, Burrage, who Boulter defeated in the group stage, booked her place in the final with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Alicia Barnett.

"We've both had better days and I think I will have to up my game for the final," said Boulter, who had not played competitively for 19 weeks before this event.

"But I got the win and that is all that counts. I would take any win at the moment.

"I've missed playing so much. To have such a long period out was tough to take, but I'm glad we can play events like this."

Former World No.82 Boulter, who is also taking her first steps back following a lengthy back injury, is yet to drop a set this week.

The 23-year-old has been the favourite to win the tournament, with Johanna Konta not playing and Heather Watson withdrawing on the eve of the event.

Petra Kvitova, meanwhile, says there is no guarantee she will compete in the US Open and she knows of players who will definitely not enter the draw in the current climate.

Flushing Meadows is set to stage what will be the second Grand Slam of the year behind closed doors from August 31 to September 13.

Over 32,000 people in New York state have died after contracting the coronavirus, with more than 431,000 cases reported.

US Open organisers vowed that the tournament will go ahead in the "safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks".

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova says some players will not travel as it stands.

"I know a few players will definitely not go if the restrictions are like they are now," the World No.12 from the Czech Republic said.

"I'm still thinking of what everything will look like, what the restrictions will be, how many people we can take and if they quarantine us."

Belfast Telegraph