Jodie and Finn excel in Chandegarh
Good work from two of our Tennis First team at the ITF Grade 3 event in the capital of the states of Punjab & Haryana in northern India. Jodie Burrage made a welcome competitive return after undergoing ankle surgery late last year and exceeded her seeding position by beating India’s top seed Mahak Jain 2-6 6-0 6-4 in the semi final. (Jain is definitely one to watch as she is only 14 and already 130 in the ITF junior world rankings). Jodie, 16, just failed to pocket the silverware in a close match with another Indian, Zeel Desai (seeded 3) 2-6 6-2 6-4, but she will be relieved to be back on a tournament court and doing well.
Finn Bass unfortunately suffered the same final demise. The No.1 seed had a fright in the first round but survived a third set TB against Indian qualifier Digvijaypratap Singh (just call me ‘Digger’) but progressed smoothly enough to the final where he found Chinese Linqxi Zhao on a fine run of form, losing 6-2 6-2. Both players stay in India for the Grade 2 in Delhi and will be looking to go one better despite the higher level after their fine showing in Week 1 of 2016 – well done both!