Australian Open 2024: Jodie Burrage, Novak Djokovic & Aryna Sabalenka play on day one-ZoomTech News

Burrage is one in all seven British gamers in the primary draw of the singles, alongside Katie Boulter, Emma Raducanu, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray and Jack Draper.

Gaining direct entry into the Australian Open for the primary time in her profession is indicative of her rise over the previous 12 months.

Final 12 months, the 24-year-old cracked the world’s prime 100 for the primary time, on the again of reaching the Nottingham remaining and incomes her first Grand Slam main-draw win at Wimbledon.

Now she is planning to construct additional on her career-best season, however initially doesn’t need to look past cementing a spot inside the highest 100.

“I do know I had a very good 12 months, however I additionally put strain on myself to maintain getting higher,” stated Burrage, who considered quitting the game in 2020 after a collection of accidents.

“I consider there is a lengthy technique to go and the place I can get to.

“This 12 months I actually simply need to safe myself within the prime 100. I’ve not obtained many [ranking] factors to defend within the subsequent few months due to my accidents final 12 months and provides me a free run to take a stab at just a few of the larger tournaments.

“As soon as I get into that place, then take a look at the place I can get to. I would like to say I need to end the 12 months within the prime 50 or no matter. I feel a sensible aim is prime 75 however relies upon how the 12 months goes.”

Anne Keothavong, Britain’s girls’s group captain, says Burrage will be capable to fulfil this ambition if she continues to extend her self-belief.

“Jodie competes rather a lot and has completed so nicely to get her rating the place it’s,” Keothavong informed BBC Sport.

“Now it is about being comfy on the tour – she’s an WTA participant now, not an ITF participant.

“It is about feeling comfy she belongs among the many greatest, that she will compete with these ladies and she or he backs herself.”

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