WTA Tashkent: Broady v Sadikovic R1 Preview


By Ros Satar

  • Naomi Broady [8] v Amra Sadikovic
  • H2H: Broady leads 2-0
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN – British No. 3 is flying the flag at the Tashkent Open, and could be off to a winning start.




Naomi Broady [8] v Amra Sadikovic – H2H: Broady leads 2-0

The British No. 3 makes her debut in Tashkent and faces Sadikovic for the third time in her career – but their paths have taken very different turns over the years. While Broady has been determined to forge her own path and work her way up the rankings, Sadikovic actually retired from the game in 2014 because she was no longer enjoying the game and struggling financially to survive on the tour.

Inspired by her compatriot Timea Bacsinszky’s own comeback, we can fast-forward to 2016 and she has gone from being outside the Top 300 to inside the Top 150 and so has been quite adept at making her own way rapidly up the rankings starting just outside the Top 200 this year.

However it has been a lengthy gap off the court for the Swiss. She came through qualies in her home tournament of Gstaad but her US hard court summer was a first round loss in US Open qualies and WTA Quebec City.

Broady’s fortunes have not been much better since what looked like a promising start to the US hard court summer. She scored a hard fought win over former British No. 1 Laura Robson in the US Open, but lost in Quebec City in her opener after taking the first set.

Having hit a career high in March, she has kept her place in the top 100 but she was at one stage well within catching distance of Heather Watson. The Guernsey girl has pulled ahead once more, but with a strong end to the year Broady could find herself challenging again. Broady will look to make the mist of her booming serve, and might find this as close as their previous encounters.

Broady and Sadikovic are likely to be scheduled on Tuesday 27 September.