COURT kings and queens served up a terrific show as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro event at USN Bolton Arena, including a British success in the women’s doubles.

It was a hugely successful tournament for British star Jodie Burrage, who made the final of the singles event and, alongside Alicia Barnett, took victory in the women’s doubles.

The men’s singles semi-final saw the remaining British interest in the event go out.

The experience of 31-year-old former world number 52, Igor Sijsling, from the Netherlands, was too much for Lloyd Glassbrook, who was beaten 6-2, 6-0.

The other men’s semi-final saw the sixth seed, Germany’s Julian Lenz, play another Dutchman, Botic Van De Zandschlup.

Van De Zandschlup had been in impressive form all week, particularly in beating number one seed Liam Broady, and his good form continued as he took the match 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.

The women’s singles semi-finals saw an all-British match between 16-year-old Emma Raducanu and 19-year-old Burrage.

Raducanu started the stronger, taking the first set 6-2, but Burrage came back strongly to take the second 6-1. A close deciding set saw Burrage come out as a 6-4 winner to seal her place in the final.

In the other semi-final the number one seed, Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko, played the sixth seed, Belgian Greet Minnen.

Diatchenko lived up to her star billing as she produced some impressive play to take a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

The men’s final produced the closest – and longest – match of the event.

Van De Zandshlup took the first set in a tie-break and was serving for the second set.

But Sijsling broke back and took the set to another tie-break, which he won.

The final set saw both players at their best with some superb points played.

With the score 6-5 to the Dutchman a third tie-break looked likely but, with a combination of excellent returns and a couple of errors from Sijsling, Van De Zandshlup took the title.

In the women’s singles finals Burrage found Diatchenko in superb form. The Russian consistently hit her shots hard and with depth, putting her opponent on the defensive.

Despite some brilliant points from Burrage, Diatchenko proved a worthy winner, adding the Bolton title to her wins in 2019 at Grenoble, Shrewsbury and Croissy-Beaubourg, successes that have taken her to 94th in the world rankings.

The men’s doubles final was an all-Dutch affair and provided some exciting tennis. Ryan Nijboer and Tim Van Rijthoven needed a final-set tie-break as they came from behind to beat Gijs Brouwer and Glenn Smits.

Brouwer and Smits took the first set on a tie-break, but Nijboer and Van Rijthoven came back to square the match with a 6-3 win in the second and they took the third set’s tie-break 10-5.

Burrage, playing with Alicia Barnett, followed her fantastic performance in the singles event with an event-winning performance against Germans Laura-Ioana Paar and Helene Scholsen.

The British duo rarely looked in trouble and they took a 6-3, 6-3 win.