JODIE Burrage’s grass-court season just gets better and better.

The Surbiton Trophy semi-finalist, who has already been handed a wild card into the women’s singles draw at Wimbledon, has now reached the final of the Ilkley Trophy.

The 23-year-old defeated fellow British wild card Sonay Kartal 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-1) in the semi-finals of the $100,000 ITF Women’s World Tour event and will play top seed Dalma Galfi in today’s final in front of a sell-out crowd.

The Hungarian had a fierce battle against third seed Katie Volynets (United States) before emerging victorious 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Burrage, who is part of the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme, admitted of her semi-final against 20-year-old Kartal: “It was a pretty tough match.

“The conditions definitely didn’t suit me, they definitely suited her a little bit more being colder and windy, but I think I managed how I was playing pretty well.

“She made so many balls, so I really had to keep patient, really keep my mind together, finishing points and stuff so happy to get through but it was definitely a tough one.”

The final of the $125,000 ATP Challenger Tour event will be between fifth seed Jack Sock (United States) and qualifier Zizou Bergs of Belgium, who is a self-confessed grass-court rookie.

Sock beat unseeded Frenchman Constant Lestienne 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in 2hr 18min, coming on to Centre Court immediately after Bergs had defeated lucky loser Alexei Popyrin (Australia) 6-2, 7-5.

Sock, who hit a combination of big serves, whipped forehands and sliced backhands, said: “Oh man, that was quite an interesting match for sure, a lot of ups and downs, some highs and lows, but scrapped out another one and happy to be in the final.

“Thank you guys for coming out, I know it’s not the best weather, a bit chilly but appreciate you guys coming out on the weekend and supporting us playing out here.”

Sock said of Lestienne: “He’s a really tricky player. He’s fairly unorthodox with his game style, super athletic and gets around these courts very, very well.

“The guy puts you under some pressure but I was able to find a few good shots there at the end and pulled through but he’s got a lot of wins coming ahead if he’s playing like that.”

Bergs, 23, who has been playing the sport for 20 years, said: “I started from the qualies this week. It means a lot of matches and I needed those on grass because I’m still kind of a rookie.

“It’s been five years I didn’t play on grass so I just think it works out with my game style, the returning, the serving and in general the aggressive mindset and I’m really happy to be in this stage to get a chance to play the final - a new chance for a new title and I want to keep building on that.”

Day seven ended with some British success as wild cards Julian Cash and Henry Patten won the men’s doubles title, defeating Ramkumar Ramanathan (India) and John-Patrick Smith (Australia) 7-5, 6-4.

Cash and Patten, who have been handed a place in the men’s doubles draw at Wimbledon, also won the tournament at Surbiton and were runners-up last week at Nottingham so are in a rich vein of form.

The opportunity for a double doubles victory for Great Britain came so close as Naiktha Bains, of Shadwell, near Leeds, and Glaswegian Maia Lumsden lost the women’s final 6-7 (7-9), 6-0, 11-9 to Lizette Cabrera (Australia) and Sujeong Jang (South Korea).

Bains, who emigrated to Australia with her family when she was eight before returning to the country of her birth, said: “It’s always tough losing in a third-set breaker in the final so I don’t think we’re gonna get over that for a little while but I mean if we take that out of it it’s been well fun playing with Maia. Next time we will get over the line in the final.”

Cabrera said: “I’m really grateful that I got to play with Sujeong. She was really fun to play with the whole week, we had some really good matches and it was really exciting to win the title.

“We are both going to London and preparing for Wimbledon qualifying on Tuesday.”