Broady impresses in loss to Radwanska

By Jake Davies

  • Agnieszka Radwanska [4] defeats Naomi Broady 7-6 (9) 6-3
  • Johanna Konta is the last British woman remaining in this year’s US Open.
NEW YORK, USA – It may not have gone her way but Naomi Broady rattled Agnieszka Radwanska and showed us what more is to come.

 

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Agnieszka Radwanska [4] defeats Naomi Broady 7-6 (9) 6-3

Broady, who was playing just her second ever second round match at a Grand Slam, showed an impressive array of flashing, punishing ground strokes against one of the games very best players in Radwanska.

The fourth seed came back from an early break deficit before edging the tightest of tiebreaks – a tiebreak that Broady will feel she really should have won.

Broady continuously sent down aces at high speeds of 125mph and played fearless, breathless tennis. She made the most of the fact that she was serving at a frame of 6ft 2in – one of the taller frames on the WTA tour.

Radwanska was rattled, but like every top tier tennis player, she found a way to work her magic even against a player that was playing well above her regular level during the normal events throughout the long WTA schedule.

Undoubtedly, Broady will be disappointed with what could have been, it is very rare that a player outside the Top 80 get a real opportunity at a massive upset at one of the majors and Broady had a legitimate shot at shocking the world.

Broady, the 82nd ranked player, had a break advantage in the second set but Radwanska responded and eventually took the decisive break at 4-4. The Pole even resorted to rushes to the net as a way of preventing Broady from making the exact same strategic ventures forward.

It was a great match, particularly in the first set. Broady played her part in it and now will take a few days rest away from the tennis before she prepares for the remainder of her packed 2016 schedule.

Radwanska is still bidding to become the new World No.1 in the women’s game. With Muguruza’s early loss, only Radwanska and Angelique Kerber can overtake the current No.1 Serena Williams during this year’s US Open, although Radwanska’s chances are considerably slimmer to Kerber’s.

Great Britain’s Johanna Konta is now the last remaining British female in the Women’s singles draw. She will play former US Open quarter-finalist Belinda Bencic on Friday’s schedule at Flushing Meadows.

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