Broady into Washington second round

By Ros Satar

  • Naomi Broady beat World 76 Jarmila Gajdosova 3-6 7-5 7-6(6)
  • Only Brit left after Heather Watson was bundled out in the first round
  • Next up is top seed Ekaterina Makarova
  • Win for Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith in the doubles

Naomi Broady kept the flag flying in Washington when she continued her good run from qualifying to beat Jarmila Gajdosova in three sets.

At first it looked to be going all the Australian’s way as she broke the Brit twice in the first set to take the first set but Broady started the second set brightly with two break points on the Aussie’s serve in the first game, although she was unable to consolidate.

The pair were more evenly matched in the second set, before Broady took her chance, breaking at the end of the set and holding confidently to love to level the match.

From there, neither would give an inch, both comfortably holding their service games until Broady threatened once more, forcing Gajdosova to save a couple more break points before pushing the decider to a tie-break.

That was a tense affair with Broady striking first, before the World No. 76 hit back to bring up the first match point. Broady saved it, and got another mini-break to bring up a match point of her own, and she only needed the one.

Broady thanked fans at home and in Washington for their support after the match:

Next up for Broady will be top seed Ekaterina Makarova, ranked 200 places above her. The Russian, who made the Australian Open semi-finals at the start of the year had a brief and short-lived run out on the grass and is playing in her first tournament since exiting in the second round of Wimbledon.

The Russian has made the semi-finals in Washington twice in a row, and started with a straight sets win over Alison Van Uytvanck (7-5 7-5). It actually had proved to be a topsy-turvy affair with the pair trading breaks in the first set before a more competitive and evenly matched set.

There was a win also for Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith in the doubles, as theySuvvess for  defeated wildcards Louisa Chirico (who beat Heather Watson on Monday) and Alize Lim 6-0 6-2.

Broady and Makarova are likely to play their match on Thursday – follow the action via the Britwatch Live-Scores.

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