By Ros Satar

  • Naomi Broady [8] def. Amra Sadikovic 6-4 7-5
  • Faces Irina Khromacheva in the second round – First Meeting
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN – British No. 3 Naomi Broady got her Tashkent campaign off to a good start with a straight sets win.



Naomi Broady [8] def. Amra Sadikovic 6-4 7-5

In what was a competitive first set at least, Broady established control early on, breaking just the once with the only break point of the set and closing it out on a single set point. So far so good? She started strongly putting Sadikovic under immediate pressure at the start of the second set forcing the Swiss to save three break points.

But the tide was beginning to turn, as Sadikovic, who had already notched up a win over Broady this tournament in the doubles broke the Brit for a 3-1 lead. The pair traded breaks and with Sadikovic up 5-4 and serving for the set, Broady struck back to win five games on the spin edging the match in straight sets.


Broady v Irina Khromacheva – H2H: First Meeting

There are not many places separating the pair, as she faces the Russian. Much like Broady, she enjoys dictating with her serve and forehand combination but lists her favourite shots as including a backhand and volleys.

Broady can expect to glean a few more points with her serve and her height, but may find herself yanked around the court a lot more if Khromacheva looks to make her move. Broady’s single handed backhand may look an awkward shot with a somewhat static non-dominant arm but it can be quite powerful, yet also be prone to breaking down.

Expect to see her mixing hard, deep and flat shots with slices in rallies until she can thump a winner.

Prediction: Broady in three sets.
Broady and Khromacheva are scheduled at Court 2 at 11am (6am BST).




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