By Ros Satar
- Naomi Broady v Pauline Parmentier – First Meeting
- Broady could be close to career high once more, with a win
- Into the doubles quarter-final too (with Alicja Rosolska)
KATOWICE, POLAND – Naomi Broady could continue her climb back up the rankings if she can get past Pauline Parmentier in the second round of the Katowice Open.
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After a rough day for Brits in action world wide, Broady is the only person left flying the flag on main tour action, advancing to the doubles quarter-final with Alicja Rosolska and facing France’s Parmentier who sent the defending champion Anna Karoline Schmiedlova packing.
It has generally been an unhappy year for the Slovakian who won her last tour match in Sydney at the start of the season, along with one Fed Cup match. For the Frenchwoman, it is a continuation of a climb-back after an injury-marred 2014 saw her drop out of the Top 200 after two consecutive years in the Top 100.
Broady’s electric start to the year saw her crack the Top 100 for the first time, and now she is really snapping at the heels of British No. 2 Heather Watson. The Katowice draw is as wide open as any draw could be with the withdrawal of top seed, and major crowd draw Agnieszka Radwanska, and the way is clear for someone to really capitalise.
Both play an aggressive game, and Broady is possessed of a decent serve and an aggressive return game, and will need to counter the French baseliner, who believes her best shots are her serve and forehand.
Perhaps the key for Broady will be to maybe target the slightly weaker backhand. With her doubles time on court this week, it’s a great opportunity for the Brit to move Parmentier around but we can expect a ton of hard hitting and this could be another terse three setter for the Stockport girl.
Yet wins help boost confidence, and while the Brit girls will all cheerfully assert that they push each other along, there is no doubt that Broady can close the gap on Watson, although it is unclear if she is scheduled to play any of the other clay court tour events in the run up to the French Open. With Watson scheduled for Istanbul and Prague, she may hold Broady at bay a little while longer, but this is going to be one hell of a fight over the year!
Prediction: Broady in three sets
Broady and Parmentier are scheduled on Centre Court Spodek, not before 1:30pm (12:30pm BST).
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