By Jake Davies
- Timea Babos defeats Naomi Broady 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-5
MONTERREY, MEXICO – Naomi Broady‘s singles campaign in Monterrey came to an end as she lost to the 2012 champion Hungary’s Timea Babos in a very tough second round match.
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Timea Babos defeats Naomi Broady 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-5
The match was always going to be decided by a game or two of bad service games as both players both have big serves and both rely heavily on that weapon to get them through matches. Babos made the first meaningful statement in the first set, which was enough to give the Hungarian the first set. She dropped just the single point on her first serve and edged it with the single break.
The second set followed the same pattern of play. Both players refused to budge on serve and Babos was getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of chances she could create on Broady’s serve, who improved incredibly in the second set. The British No.3 rallied into a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set tiebreak, before being pegged back by the higher-ranked Babos, who generated a match point, but gagged at a forehand miss at the net, which would have seen her through. Broady punished her for the lapse in concentration and took the match into a deciding set.
The third set was decided by one poor service game as you would expect between these two big servers. Broady questioned a line call at 0-15 down in the twelfth game of the set and subsequently never recovered mentally from that moment. The 2012 Monterrey champion did a good job at exposing Broady’s movement at the baseline by yanking her on the stretch and struck with much more venom and purpose than Broady’s previous opponent in the first round.
Broady moves on to the doubles, where she is teaming up with Sara Sorribes Tormo in the quarter-finals of Monterrey and has a real chance to get some more wins under her belt in a different environment in the doubles.
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