Naomi Broady knocked out in Monterrey Open second round

 

By Jake Davies

  • British No.2 Naomi Broady loses in the second round of the Monterrey Open
MONTERREY, MEXICO – Then there was one, as No. 5 seed Timea Babos continued her dominant form this week in Monterrey knocking out British No. 2 Naomi Broady in straight sets.

 

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Timea Babos [5] defeats Naomi Broady 6-3 6-2

British No.2 Naomi Broady lost out in straight sets to Hungary’s Timea Babos in just the second stage of the Monterrey Open. It was a step too far for Broady, who had made some progress throughout the week, where she picked up her first win since January by beating the in-form Catherine Bellis in straight sets.

Broady has struggled for form and consistency throughout 2017 after having a stellar 2016 season where she experienced a major breakthrough on the WTA Tour. Now the Brit has to regain some momentum and prove that she is the real deal on the highest stages of women’s tennis and she can do that by earning some valuable wins on the ITF tour in order to boost her slumping ranking in recent months.

This year, Broady made the final of the ITF tournament in Midland, but subsequently ended up losing every match on the WTA tour coming into the Monterrey Open. The next goal for Broady will be to build on from the single win against Bellis and try to improve further on the red clay. Traditionally it has not been a court surface that has fitted her game style well, but Broady will recognise that managing to win some matches on clay will help alleviate the pressure on the grass courts during the summer.

Defending champion Heather Watson continues her bid against No. 6 seed and wild-card Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday.

 

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