Naomi Broady stuns Alizé Cornet in Birmingham, Elina Svitolina downs Heather Watson
World number 111 Naomi Broady stunned Alizé Cornet 7-6 (3) 6-0 to progress to the second round at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.
Broady, 27, took the first set on a tie-break after 56 minutes before bageling her opponent in the second.
“I was really trying to mix the ball up a lot today, use my slice and then hit the next ball as hard as I could, just to keep mixing up the pace and not give her a rhythm,” said Broady
“Alize is great mover, she’s a very consistent player, so I knew if I played with a lot of rhythm then I would be playing into the way she wants to play. I tried to stay as far away from her game style as I could.”
British number two Broady will now face either Tereza Smitkova or Petra Kvitova in the next round.
Second seed Elina Svitolina weathered a Heather Watson fightback to progress to the second round.
Svitolina, 22, broke the serve of the British number three on three occasions as she claimed the first set in 43 minutes, but Watson rallied to break the Ukrainian in the eleventh game of the second before serving it out.
However, Svitolina, currently ranked fifth in the world, claimed a decisive break in the fourth game of the deciding set before sealing her progress to the second round with a timely hold of serve. .
RESULTS FROM THE BIRMINGHAM CLASSIC WOMEN'S SINGLES ROUND ONE
- Naomi Broady (Britain) beat Alize Cornet (France) 7-6(3) 6-0
- 2-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-2 5-7 6-3
- 8-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 6-3 6-3
- Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat Lauren Davis (U.S.) 6-1 2-6 7-6(4)