By Jake Davies
- Naomi Broady vs Carol Zhao H2H: First meeting
MONTERREY, MEXICO – Naomi Broady will put all her effort into another main draw appearance at the event in Monterrey.
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Naomi Broady vs Carol Zhao H2H: First meeting
Monterrey is an event where British players have done well at in the past. Heather Watson went as far as winning the title back in 2016 and backed that up with a quarter-final showing, where it took a good performance from former World No.1 Angelique Kerber to get the better of the Brit.
This is a fantastic chance for Naomi Broady to really regain the form of 2016, which saw her rise inside the World’s Top 100 and get a first real taste of what playing at the highest level of WTA feels like. It’s been a rocky, up-and-down process for Broady as she tries to make another climb up the rankings, but with a winnable match in the first round in Monterrey, she has to feel that she can make a real impact this week and to take the opportunity with both hands.
Her opponent in the first round is Canada’s Carol Zhao, who is vastly inexperienced at this level and only holds a sole WTA main draw win, while finding a bit more of her success on the ITF circuit, winning a 100k at the end of last season.
The question is how well will Broady deal with the occasion in a match she can win and how she will respond to the difficult conditions presented for all the players in Monterrey. As players have commented in the past the conditions in this part of the world and at this particular event is very fast, because of the high altitude. The Brit has picked up big wins at this event in the past, including last year against Catherine Bellis, so she is more than capable of putting a run together, but is still looking for that all-important WTA main draw win, with her last coming in Luxembourg in October of last year.
Prediction: Broady in three sets
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