By Jake Davies
- Liam Broady defeats Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6 6-3
- Su Wei Hsieh defeats Katie Boulter 6-4 7-5
- Nicolas Jarry defeats Cameron Norrie 7-6 6-2
MIAMI, USA – Three Brits were in action on Day 2 of the Miami Open, but only Liam Broady could get over the line, while Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie bowed out in the first round.
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Liam Broady def. Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6 6-3
Liam Broady registered his first ever win at a Masters 1000 event as he came through with a memorable straight sets victory over rival Bjorn Fratangelo in the Miami heat. This win comes at a huge time for Broady, who was plugging away at the Challenger events and at qualifying rounds of the ATP level events and he finally gets the satisfying win that he would have been searching for for quite some time – the sort of win to suggest that Broady belongs at a much higher level than he has been playing.
Broady was the first player to salvage the first break for 3-1 but he wasn’t having it all his own way on his serve. Fratangelo put him under pressure in his first three service games, but the American struggled to strike the killing blow when it mattered most, mustering just the single break for his efforts, but it was the Brit that edged out the first set tiebreak and he would then go on to break three more times in the 2nd set to clinch the win.
Broady was sitting on a five match losing streak coming into this week before putting together a fine run of two wins in the qualifying rounds and now a first Masters victory and a win against a player he had found tough to break down in previous meetings and had never won a match against Fratangelo before today.
Su-Wei Hsieh def. Katie Boulter 6-4 7-5
Katie Boulter‘s journey into a first WTA main draw ended with a straight sets loss to the experienced Su-Wei Hsieh. The Brit managed her match very well. There was 123 places separating these two players in the WTA rankings, but Boulter certainly did not look out of a place on a match court with a Top 70 player, which bodes well for her development during the 2018 season.
Hsieh had break advantages early on in both sets, but Boulter showed great character, resilience and mental toughness to get both sets back on serve, but she struggled to string enough meaningful points together to cause significant and lasting damage to her higher-ranked opponent. It is a fantastic week for Boulter, nevertheless, as she looks back on a first win over a Top 100 player and a positive outing in her first main draw at this level.
Nicolas Jarry def. Cameron Norrie 7-6 6-2
Cameron Norrie‘s progress stopped at the first round stage as he fell at the hands of the in-form and improving Nicolas Jarry of Chile. Jarry was playing his first match since making his first ATP final in Sao Paulo, so there was a chance that Norrie could catch him cold, but Jarry’s level was consistently impressive throughout. After a first set dominated by serve, which Jarry closed out in the tiebreak he would then go on to seal the match in a one-sided second set.
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