BORWELL BACK IN THE BLACK
Sarah Borwell breathed a huge sigh of relief on Monday after securing a Wimbledon wild card entry which will wipe out her debts.
It proved a day of double delight for Borwell, who also beat friend Melanie South to clinch a place in the second round of the dfs Classic at Edgbaston.
With the 26-year-old admitting to being £10,000 in the red, she now knows the money gained from simply being in the first round of both the women's singles and doubles at the All England Club will see her back in the black.
"I feel great," beamed Borwell.
"It's nice my achievements have been acknowledged, so now I can relax and play another year without worrying.
"I was in Germany recently and was supposed to play in a tournament in Gran Canaria, but couldn't afford the flight and had to go home.
"So this is a big weight off my shoulders. My bank account will look a lot healthier in a few weeks' time."
Borwell, who did not turn professional until she was 23, is eager to succeed without help from friends and family.
The Middlesbrough-born British number four, who has risen in the rankings by more than 50 places this year, added: "Tennis is an expensive sport.
"When you are starting out you don't make that much money. It all goes on credit card.
"My parents take an involvement with encouragement. I would rather they enjoy their lifestyle and I'll try and get through on my own."
Borwell endured a two-hour battle with fellow wild card South before finally clinching a place in the last 32 with a 7-6 3-6 6-3 win.
Borwell will now play Jamea Jackson, who knocked out Klara Koukalova earlier in the day, one of three seeds to suffer an early exit, with Catalina Castano and Laura Granville also falling by the wayside
Koukalova, the 10th seed from the Czech Republic, was comfortably swept aside 6-4 6-1 in 55 minutes by 19-year-old Jackson, the American ranked 48 places below her opponent.