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Naomi Broady (/ˈbrdi/; born 28 February 1990 in Stockport) is a British tennis player.

Naomi Broady
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Broady at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports) Great Britain
Born (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 29)
Stockport, Greater Manchester
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,228,207
Official websitenaomibroady.co.uk
Singles
Career record388–332
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 76 (7 March 2016)
Current rankingNo. 392 (10 June 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
French Open1R (2016)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record251–185
Career titles1 WTA, 19 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 56 (22 May 2017)
Current rankingNo. 129 (10 June 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
French Open1R (2016, 2017, 2018)
Wimbledon3R (2016)
US Open2R (2016, 2018)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (2014)
Last updated on: 15 June 2019.

She has won one WTA doubles title, as well as nine singles titles and 19 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 7 March 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 76. On 22 May 2017, she peaked at No. 56 in the doubles rankings.

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BackgroundEdit

Born in Stockport, Naomi Broady is a sister of the tennis player Liam Broady and has another brother, Calum and a sister Emma.[1] She attended Priestnall School.[2] Broady began playing tennis at the age of 7 and was the 2007 British under 18 girls' champion.

CareerEdit

Junior (2004–08)Edit

Broady competed on the junior ITF circuit from January 2004 until June 2008. She won one singles title in April 2006 at the Sutton ITF Junior Tournament and lost in the quarterfinals of four others, one of which was the 2008 Wimbledon girls' tournament, where she was beaten by Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand. She had a singles win-loss record of 21–13.[3]

In junior doubles, Broady never won a title but reached the semifinals in one tournament and the quarterfinals in four others. In 2007, she and Tara Moore teamed up to compete in Wimbledon doubles, reaching the second round and Broady reached the same stage of Wimbledon doubles one year later partnering Jade Windley. Her final doubles win-loss record was 11–15 and her career-high combined ranking was world number 251 (achieved 7 July 2008).[3]

2005–07Edit

Broady began playing on the adult ITF circuit in January 2005, but was unable to qualify for any of the five tournaments she entered. As a result, she finished the year without a world ranking.[4]

She continued playing on the ITF circuit in 2006 but did not pass round two of any tournament until November, when she reached the quarterfinals of the $10,000 event in Sunderland, where she lost to Martina Pavelec. Her first ever year-end ranking was world No. 1464.[4]

Broady was again unable to progress past the second round of any tournament until August 2007 when she reached the quarterfinals of a $10,000 ITF event in Cumberland, West Hampstead, London, where Anna Smith beat her in three sets. She reached the semifinals of her final tournament in 2007, the Sunderland $10,000 tournament, losing to Christina Wheeler. Her 2007 year-end worldwide ranking was world No. 713.[4]

Bebo controversyEdit

In September 2007, Broady and fellow British competitor, David Rice, were both suspended by the LTA for "unprofessional behaviour" and "lack of discipline" due to pictures posted on the social networking website Bebo. The pictures and various comments made on them were deemed to be supportive of a lifestyle of drinking and partying, and as such, both players had resources such as funding and coaching withdrawn. Their pages on Bebo were later shut down.[5] Brendan Gallagher of The Daily Telegraph later commented that the photos were "comparatively tame" and "not the cleverest move for a wannabe tennis star but hardly scandalous behaviour for a 17-year-old."[6] The actions of the LTA led to Broady refusing to play for the national team, a position she has maintained throughout her career. At the time of the action the LTA were aware of (and warned) several other junior players for their behaviour.[7]

2008Edit

A more promising start saw Broady reach the semifinals of her first $10,000 ITF event of the year in Sunderland. She was beaten by Johanna Larsson, 6–4, 6–2. In February she reached the quarterfinals in Portimão, before losing to Russian Nina Bratchikova. She made her debut on the WTA Tour in June at the Tier III DFS Classic qualifying tournament. She beat Andreja Klepač in the opening round before losing a hard-fought contest with Margit Rüütel in the second round. Her next tournament was another first for Broady: her first Grand Slam appearance in the qualifying draw of Wimbledon. She was beaten by Rika Fujiwara in the opening round. Following this she spent the rest of the season on the ITF circuit and reached three more quarterfinals, in Felixstowe ($25,000), Cumberland ($10,000) and Traralgon ($25,000). Her end-of-year ranking was world number 444.[4]

2009Edit

Broady reached the quarterfinals of the $10,000 event in Glasgow in January. She won her first adult title later that month in Grenoble, France. She was unseeded in this event but beat the No. 5 seed, Varvara Galanina, in the quarterfinals and the No. 1 seed, Youlia Fedossova, in the final. She did not drop a set throughout the tournament.[8] In March, she reached the quarterfinals of another ITF tournament; this one in Bath. Her performance in this event moved her into the top 400 for the first time in her career. In June, she qualified for her first WTA main draw, at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. She held a match point against Alla Kudryavtseva before going down during a rain delayed match which was held over two days. She was defeated at the Aegon International in Eastbourne by Katie O'Brien and in the second round of qualifying at Wimbledon. She got injured and didn't play again until a $25,000 event in Mexico. She won the tournament to cap off the best week in her career. The week after she won a $10,000 event in Cuba.

2014Edit

Following a successful early half to the season, which included tournament wins in Sharm El Sheikh, Namangan, and Fukuoka, it was announced that Broady would receive a wild card into the main draw of Wimbledon.[9] She recorded her first ever Grand Slam victory at the tournament, coming from a set down to defeat world No. 92 Tímea Babos of Hungary.[10] Her run was ended in the second round, losing to former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.[11] However, partnering Neal Skupski, she reached the quarterfinals in mixed doubles.[12]

2015Edit

The start of the new season was lacklustre, with only a few semifinal-appearances at ITF events. She did however achieve her first win on clay since 2011 in qualifying for the French Open, but lost in the second qualifying round to Anastasia Rodionova. Her grass-court season started well, reaching the semifinals of Aegon Surbiton Trophy and achieving her first win of the season over a top-100 player by defeating Ajla Tomljanović at the Birmingham Classic in round one before losing to Simona Halep in the next round. Broady also failed to defend her second-round points at Wimbledon, losing in straight sets to Mariana Duque.

Broady's season picked up however during on the American hardcourts. She qualified for the main draw of the Citi Open. There she defeated Jarmila Gajdošová in three sets and achieved her first win in the main draw of a WTA event outside of a British grass event. However, she lost to Ekaterina Makarova in her next match. She then won her first title of the season at a $25,000 event in Landisville, where she defeated American player Robin Anderson in the final.

Broady attempted to qualify for the US Open, but lost in the final qualifying round to Anett Kontaveit. She next entered the Coupe Banque Nationale where she again lost in the final qualifying round but received a lucky loser entrance into the main draw. There she fought her way to her first semifinal of a WTA event, before ultimately losing to the young Latvian player Jeļena Ostapenko. It was during this period of wins during the U.S. hardcourt season that it became clear that she had more confidence in her game, by using her big serve to make it difficult for her opponents to break her and playing aggressive in return games so she could break her opponents herself. For example, in her match against Jarmila Gajdošová at the Citi Open, she served 19 aces, which was the fourth highest number of aces in a match on the 2015 WTA Tour.[13]

Broady went on to reach the final of the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, where she lost in an close match Michaëlla Krajicek. She had two match points in the third set, but failed to close it out. She also hit 28 aces in this match, which was very close to breaking the record on the ITF circuit for a female player. After this loss, Broady reached a career high ranking of 116.

2016Edit

Broady began her 2016 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. She entered the qualifying draw and defeated Laura Siegemund, Kateryna Kozlova, and Magdaléna Rybáriková for a spot in the main draw. In the first round, she recorded the biggest win of her career when she shocked No. 2 seed Ana Ivanovic. Broady's second-round contest with Jeļena Ostapenko featured a controversial incident during a second-set tiebreak, when Ostapenko flung her racket in the direction of the back of the court, which subsequently hit a ball boy. Although the ballboy wasn't injured, Broady approached the chair umpire to enquire why Ostapenko had not been defaulted, on the grounds that the racket had been thrown in frustration and not in an accidental fashion. After hailing the WTA supervisor, Ostapenko was issued a code violation and would go on to lose to Broady in three sets. A cold post-match handshake was also met with further drama, as the two verbally berated each other in an argument while packing their bags.[14] Broady went out in the next round when she lost to Sloane Stephens for a spot in the semifinals.

Having been eliminated in the opening round of qualifying at the Australian Open, Broady travelled to the United States to play the ITF events in Maui and Midland. Broady reached the semifinals in Hawaii before losing to top seed Christina McHale, but went two better by winning the $100,000 event in Midland, beating US youngster Robin Anderson in the final. Broady broke into the world's top 100 for the first time following these results.[15]

Broady's next event was the qualifying of the high-value Premier-5 event in Doha. She won her opening match, but then lost in final qualifying to Elena Vesnina. From here Broady moved on to Kuala Lumpur. She recorded wins over Klára Koukalová, Yang Zhaoxuan and former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki to reach her second WTA semifinal, exiting at that stage to another former Wimbledon runner-up, Eugenie Bouchard.[16] This run lifted Broady to a new career high ranking of 76.

2017Edit

Competing in the ITF Dow Tennis Classic in February, Broady reached the singles final before losing in three sets to Tatjana Maria. In May, in the Empire Slovak Open, partnered by Heather Watson, Broady won the doubles competition on clay in two sets bringing her doubles ranking to a new high of 56.

2018Edit

Broady lost in the first round of Wimbledon as a wild-card entry. This equalled her fifth first-round Wimbledon loss from six wild-card direct entries.

Playing styleEdit

Broady's big serve is the stand out feature of her game.[17] Her tactic is to dominate opponents with her serve, making it impossible for them to break her, and then to try to get a break herself. Off the ground she uses a one-handed backhand which can be very powerful but also breaks down easily. During rallies, Naomi hits powerful flat groundstrokes off both wings. She can also hit slice shots when on the defensive. She will often try to approach the net and volley to avoid long rallies.

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2016 Hong Kong Open, China International Hard   Heather Watson   Chan Hao-ching
  Chan Yung-jan
3–6, 1–6
Win 1–1 Apr 2018 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard   Sara Sorribes Tormo   Desirae Krawczyk
  Giuliana Olmos
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]

WTA 125K series finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2017 Taipei Open, Taiwan Carpet (i)   Monique Adamczak   Veronika Kudermetova
  Aryna Sabalenka
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [6–10]
Loss 0–2 April 2018 Zhengzhou Open, China Hard   Yanina Wickmayer   Duan Yingying
  Wang Yafan
6–7(5–7), 3–6

ITF finalsEdit

Singles (9–10)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (8–8)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1 February 2009 Grenoble, France Hard (i)   Youlia Fedossova 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 10 May 2009 Edinburgh, UK Clay   Tímea Babos 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–7(8–10)
Winner 2. 29 November 2009 Puebla, Mexico Hard   Ajla Tomljanović 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Winner 3. 6 December 2009 Havana, Cuba Hard   Yana Koroleva 6–2, 6–0
Winner 4. 13 December 2009 Havana, Cuba Hard   Valentine Confalonieri 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 12 September 2010 Madrid, Spain Hard   Marta Sirotkina 6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 10 January 2011 Glasgow, UK Hard (i)   Jasmina Tinjić 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 24 January 2011 Grenoble, France Hard (i)   Marta Domachowska 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 16 May 2011 Izmir, Turkey Hard   Mihaela Buzărnescu 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 29 April 2012 Bournemouth, UK Clay   Jade Windley 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 10 March 2013 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Daria Mironova 6–7(2–7), 6–2, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 8. 16 March 2014 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Vitalia Diatchenko 6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 23 March 2014 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Vitalia Diatchenko 6–2, 3–0 ret.
Winner 6. 26 April 2014 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard   Nigina Abduraimova 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 11 May 2014 Fukuoka, Japan Grass   Kristýna Plíšková 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 8. 10 August 2015 Landisville, United States Hard   Robin Anderson 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 9. 21 September 2015 Albuquerque, United States Hard   Michaëlla Krajicek 7–6(7–2), 6–7(3–7), 5–7
Winner 9. 1 February 2016 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Robin Anderson 6–7(6–8), 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 5 February 2017 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Tatjana Maria 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–6

Doubles (19–13)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (10–9)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (1–3)
Carpet (5–0)
Outcome No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 10 November 2007 $10,000 Redbridge, UK Hard (i)   Patrycja Sanduska   Daniëlle Harmsen
  Renée Reinhard
0–6, 6–1, [10–5]
Winner 2. 19 April 2008 $10,000 Bol, Croatia Clay   Amra Sadiković   Tina Obrez
  Anja Prislan
6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. 9 May 2009 $10,000 Edinburgh, UK Clay   Elizabeth Thomas   Helene Auensen
  Volha Duko
3–6, 6–3, [10–7]
Runner-up 1. 4 June 2010 $50,000 Nottingham, UK Grass   Katie O'Brien   Sarah Borwell
  Raquel Kops-Jones
3–6, 6–2, [7–10]
Winner 4. 11 September 2010 $10,000 Madrid, Spain Hard   Emily Webley-Smith   Jennifer Ren
  Marta Sirotkina
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 29 April 2011 $25,000 Qarshi, Uzbekistan Hard   Isabella Holland   Tetyana Arefyeva
  Eugeniya Pashkova
7–6(7–1), 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 5. 20 May 2011 $25,000 Izmir, Turkey Hard   Lisa Whybourn   Mihaela Buzărnescu
  Tereza Mrdeža
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [10–7]
Winner 6. 12 November 2011 $25,000 Opole, Poland Carpet (i)   Kristina Mladenovic   Paula Kania
  Magda Linette
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 7. 19 November 2011 $25,000 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i)   Kristina Mladenovic   Karolína Plíšková
  Kristýna Plíšková
5–7, 6–4, [10–2]
Runner-up 3. 17 March 2012 $25,000 Clearwater, United States Hard   Heather Watson   Ekaterine Gorgodze
  Alyona Sotnikova
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 20 April 2012 $25,000 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard   Paula Kania   Oksana Kalashnikova
  Marta Sirotkina
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 14 May 2012 $50,000+H Saint-Gaudens, France Clay   Julia Glushko   Vesna Dolonc
  Irina Khromacheva
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 2 March 2013 $10,000 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Ana Veselinović   Ilka Csöregi
  Zarah Razafimahatratra
5–7, 3–6
Winner 8. 18 May 2013 $25,000 Balikpapan, Indonesia Hard   Teodora Mirčić   Chen Yi
  Xu Yifan
6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. 25 May 2013 $25,000 Tarakan, Indonesia Hard (i)   Teodora Mirčić   Tang Haochen
  Tian Ran
6–2, 1–6, [10–5]
Winner 10. 6 July 2013 $50,000 Sacramento, United States Hard   Storm Sanders   Robin Anderson
  Lauren Embree
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 13 July 2013 $50,000 Yakima, United States Hard   Irina Falconi   Jan Abaza
  Allie Will
5–7, 6–3, [3–10]
Winner 11. 19 October 2013 $25,000 Lagos, Nigeria Hard   Emily Webley-Smith   Fatma Al-Nabhani
  Cristina Dinu
3–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 12. 3 November 2013 $75,000 Barnstaple, UK Hard (i)   Kristýna Plíšková   Raluca Olaru
  Tamira Paszek
6–3, 3–6, [10–5]
Runner-up 8. 22 February 2014 $25,000 Nottingham, UK Hard (i)   Renata Voráčová   Jocelyn Rae
  Anna Smith
6–7(6–8), 4–6
Runner-up 9. 11 May 2014 $50,000 Fukuoka, Japan Grass   Eleni Daniilidou   Shuko Aoyama
  Eri Hozumi
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 11 April 2015 $25,000 Barnstaple, UK Hard (i)   Ekaterina Bychkova   Stéphanie Foretz
  Ana Vrljić
2–6, 7–5, [7–10]
Winner 13. 10 May 2015 $50,000 Fukuoka, Japan Grass   Kristýna Plíšková   Eri Hozumi
  Junri Namigata
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 7 February 2016 $100,000 Midland, United States Hard (i)   Shelby Rogers   Catherine Bellis
  Ingrid Neel
2–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 20 May 2017 $100,000 Trnava, Slovakia Clay   Heather Watson   Chuang Chia-jung
  Renata Voráčová
6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 12. 22 July 2017 $100,000 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard   Ysaline Bonaventure   Natela Dzalamidze
  Veronika Kudermetova
2–6, 0–6
Winner 15. 13 May 2018 $60,000 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet   Asia Muhammad   Tara Moore
  Amra Sadiković
6–2, 6–0
Winner 16. 20 May 2018 $60,000 Kurume, Japan Carpet   Asia Muhammad   Katy Dunne
  Abigail Tere-Apisah
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 17 June 2018 $100,000 Manchester, UK Grass   Asia Muhammad   Luksika Kumkhum
  Prarthana Thombare
6–7(5–7), 3–6
Winner 17. 21 September 2018 $25,000 Lubbock, United States Hard   Nadia Podoroska   Vladica Babic
  Hayley Carter
3–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Winner 18. 11 May 2019 $60,000 Fukuoka, Japan Carpet   Heather Watson   Kristie Ahn
  Alison Bai
w/o
Winner 19. 25 May 2019 $25,000 Karuizawa, Japan Carpet   Ayaka Okuno   Erina Hayashi
  Momoko Kobori
6–3, 2–6, [10–7]

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A A A A Q2 A A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 Q1 0–1
French Open A A A A Q1 A A Q2 1R Q1 A A 0–1
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q2 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1–7
US Open A A A Q3 Q1 A Q1 Q3 2R Q3 Q2 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–3 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harman, Neil (10 October 2008). "Liam Broady doing just fine without LTA". The Times. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  2. ^ Vignes, Spencer (22 June 2011). "Tennis: Naomi Broady's Wimbledon bow ends in tears but youngster tells Spencer Vignes she will only be better for the experience". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
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  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7010983.stm
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  10. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (23 June 2014). "Wimbledon 2014: Naomi Broady wins; Konta, Ward, Cox beaten". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
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  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  15. ^ Gregory, Mark (8 February 2016). "Naomi Broady Powers to Title in Midland". brittennis.com. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
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External linksEdit