There was no shortage of drama in Naomi Broady’s first outing of the day, as she took on Danka Kovinic for the third day of trying after rain has hit the Auckland schedules hard. It was a nervy affair to start with Kovinic the quicker off the mark, as she built up a 2-5 lead.
Broady had to save a set point before converting on her second break point chance in that game and her fifth in the match to make a breakthrough, and making the most of that momentum would break the Montenegrin again, eventually forcing a tie-break,
Again Kovinic put the pressure on, jumping out to a 4-1 lead before Broady reeled off six of the next seven points to nab the first set.
It was another slow start for the Brit at the start of the second set, finding herself 0-3 down at the first change of ends before again mounting her come-back, breaking Kovinic three times in a row, although she had to earn the match in the final game watching three match points whittled away before claiming her first win of 2017 on the fourth.
R2: Julia Goerges def. Broady 75 64
With the wind by now swirling around, the conditions looked and felt very messy as she took to the court again, this time to meet Julia Goerges, who earlier had put out No. 6 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Things started on an even keel and the pair looked well matched for the first six games. A loose game from Broady handed the first break to the German. An equally loose game gifted the break back and so the trading breaks continued.
It was Goerges who grabbed the decisive break, serving out more confidently for the first set. Despite the difficult conditions, and remembering that Goerges at her best was ranked as high as No. 15, she seemed to play some of the bigger points better but Broady got herself out of trouble more than once with some hefty serving, and some decisive shot-making that bodes well for the rest of her season as it gets underway.
Next up for the Brit will be the Australian Open, where she will be in the main draw for the first time in her career.
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