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British No 1 Katie Boulter is rising in confidence and has the flexibility to compete with the easiest on the US Open, in keeping with Sky Sports activities Tennis analysts Johanna Konta and Laura Robson.

Boulter and Burrage each impressed through the grass-court season however it was the 27-year-old from Leicester who shone brightest as she grew to become the brand new British No 1 and received her maiden WTA title in Nottingham.

Boulter then reached the third-round of Wimbledon earlier than being overwhelmed by No 3 seed Elena Rybakina and her run on the Nationwide Financial institution Open in Montreal ended with one other humbling defeat by the hands of Coco Gauff.

After the failure of the French Open, the place no British ladies made the principle draw of a Grand Slam for the primary time because the 2009 US Open, and the necessity for wild playing cards to treatment that at Wimbledon, Burrage has since reached her profession excessive of 94 to ensure her a spot within the US Open foremost draw, alongside world No 60 Boulter.

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“I am so comfortable that we have got two ladies in the principle draw after everybody made such a giant deal out of no ladies in the principle draw straight at Wimbledon. Everybody wanted wild playing cards, so it reveals how rapidly issues can change,” mentioned former Wimbledon junior champion, Robson.

“The truth that Katie’s now at a profession excessive and Jodie’s simply snuck in, we have got a few actually nice gamers in qualifiers as properly with Harriet Dart, Katie Swan, Lily Miyazaki and Heather Watson. They will all be trying to be part of Katie and Jodie in the principle draw.

“Hopefully we’ll have just a few extra by the point the principle draw begins, however I I simply really feel like they’re each taking part in a few of the greatest tennis of their whole profession – particularly Katie.

“She’s profitable the matches that she needs to be profitable, which isn’t at all times straightforward, and it is much more strain to place in your self once you really feel like ‘oh, I am lastly on the rating the place perhaps I needs to be’, however to truly nonetheless play your greatest tennis in these conditions could be could be tough.”

Boulter was compelled to withdraw from Cincinnati with a minor foot harm, however Robson believes the additional time will enable her to be 100 per cent wholesome for the US Open whereas Burrage competes at a WTA 125 occasion in Chicago.

“They’ve each bought large video games, which is the form of tennis that basically does properly in New York as a result of the court docket usually performs fairly quick and fairly a excessive bounce,” mentioned Robson. “When you can play aggressive tennis, then you’ll be able to simply take on a regular basis away out of your opponent so I feel they are going to be tremendous optimistic entering into into the primary spherical.”

Former US Open quarter-finalist Konta thinks Boulter must be competing with the easiest regularly to be able to push herself into the upper echelons of the game.

She mentioned: “I feel time at this degree will do wonders and the extra alternative she will get to play towards these large gamers the extra she is going to really feel ‘the place am I missing? is it my consistency? do I not take sufficient probabilities? do I not step in early sufficient within the level?’

“She’s going to then begin fascinated about what she must do on the observe court docket to attempt to iron out and push her personal boundaries to get higher.

“The largest hurdle for her till now’s staying bodily wholesome. She is ready now the place she is competing constantly week after week having had that reward by profitable Nottingham and making the third spherical of Wimbledon, qualifying in Montreal and profitable a spherical.

“All it will add to what we wish to name ‘confidence’ after which from there it should additionally construct out loads of issues and her recreation normally will begin to get higher with out essentially, particularly needing to deal with what she have to get higher at.

“The extra time you get to spend at this degree your recreation naturally improves.”

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The US Open returns to Sky Sports activities on Monday, August 28 with the promise to present followers stay protection of the Grand Slam like by no means earlier than.

Sky Sports activities has entry to all particular person court docket feeds and can broadcast a minimal of 135 hours of competitors all through the two-week Grand Slam match.

Sky Sports activities subscribers on Sky Glass, Sky Stream, Sky Q, and the Sky Sports activities app will have the ability to watch all courts for the primary time on Sky Sports activities.

Throughout Sky Sports activities’ linear channels and on Sky Sports activities digital and social channels, tennis followers can get pleasure from in depth protection, together with each the boys’s and ladies’s tournaments, alongside respective doubles, blended doubles, juniors, and wheelchair competitions.

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