Talbot Heath pupil Jodie Burrage has been celebrating her achievements on the tennis court after a very exciting fortnight. She made her Wimbledon debut on Monday after being served a wild card for the girls’ draw at the All England Club. Although she lost a 6-4, 6-3 defeat in the first round against Ipek Soylu from Turkey, the 15-year-old gave a good account of herself in the match, demonstrating her high standard of playing to reach this coveted level. Only two weeks earlier Jodie was celebrating an exciting win over the 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, when they played at the Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament. Jodie, who is currently 208 in the Junior rankings, went on to win the tournament, beating Tara Moore 6-4, 7-5.
Also making an exciting debut at the SW19 address with a wild card was Lower 5 pupil Lauryn John-Baptiste. Although the 15-year-old bowed out at the qualifying stage it was another success for the squad, the school and West Hants Tennis Club where both girls train. The Head, Angharad Holloway stated, ‘We are very proud of Jodie and Lauryn and their achievements to date. Both the school and West Hants work in partnership to provide a very supportive environment for the girls to achieve their potential, both academically and on the tennis court. We wish them every success for their future. They will certainly be ones to watch.’