Naomi Broady

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Naomi Broady
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Broady at the 2016 US Open
Full name Naomi Broady
Country (sports)  Great Britain
Born (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 27)
Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $966,218
Career record 337–271
Career titles 9 ITF
Highest ranking No. 76 (7 March 2016)
Current ranking No. 110 (17 July 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2017)
French Open 1R (2016)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2016)
Career record 197–144
Career titles 14 ITF
Highest ranking No. 56 (22 May 2017)
Current ranking No. 56 (22 May 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2017)
French Open 1R (2016, 2017)
Wimbledon 3R (2016)
US Open 2R (2016)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (2014)
Last updated on: 22 May 2017.

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

Broady has won nine singles and 13 doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 7 March 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 76. On 22 May 2017, she peaked at world number 56 in the doubles rankings.


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.


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]


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 number 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 ITF tournament, losing to Christina Wheeler. Her 2007 year-end worldwide ranking was world number 713.[4]

Bebo controversy[edit]

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]


A more promising start to 2008 saw Broady reach the semifinals of her first $10,000 ITF event of the year in Sunderland. She was beaten by Johanna Larsson, 4–6, 2–6. 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]


Broady reached the quarterfinals of the $10,000 ITF 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 number five seed, Varvara Galanina, in the quarterfinals and the number one seed, Youlia Fedossova, in the final. She did not drop a set throughout the tournament.[7] 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.


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 wildcard into the main draw of Wimbledon.[8] She recorded her first ever Grand Slam victory at the tournament, coming from a set down to defeat world number 92 Tímea Babos of Hungary.[9] Her run was ended in the second round, losing to former world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.[10] However, partnering Neal Skupski, she reached the quarterfinals in mixed doubles.[11]


The start of Broady's season in 2015 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 secound 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 2015 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 ITF event in Landisville, where she defeated American player Robin Anderson in the final.

Broady attempted to qualify for the 2015 US Open, but lost in the final qualifying round to Anett Kontaveit. She next entered the 2015 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 US 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 WTA tour in 2015.[12]

Broady went on to reach the final of the 2015 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, where she lost in an extremely 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.


Broady began her 2016 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. 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 number 2 seed Ana Ivanovic. Broady's second round contest with Latvian youngster 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.[13] Broady went out in the next round when she lost out to American 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.[14]

Broady's next event was the qualifying of the high-value WTA 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.[15] This run lifted Broady to a new career high ranking of 76.


Competing in the ITF 2017 Dow Tennis Classic in February, Broady reached the singles final before losing in three sets to Tatjana Maria. In May in the 2017 Empire Slovak Open, Broady, partnered by Heather Watson, won the doubles competition on clay in two sets bringing Broady's doubles ranking to a new high of 56.

Playing style[edit]

Broady's big serve is the stand out feature of her game.[16] 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 finals[edit]

Doubles (0–1)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
125K series (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 10 October 2016 International Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong Hard United Kingdom Heather Watson Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
3–6, 1–6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles (9–10)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (8–8)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 January 2009 $10,000 Grenoble, France Hard (i) France Youlia Fedossova 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 4 May 2009 $10,000 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay Hungary Tímea Babos 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–7(8–10)
Winner 2. 23 November 2009 $25,000 Puebla, Mexico Hard Croatia Ajla Tomljanović 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Winner 3. 30 November 2009 $10,000 Havana, Cuba Hard Russia Yana Koroleva 6–2, 6–0
Winner 4. 7 December 2009 $10,000 Havana, Cuba Hard Italy Valentine Confalonieri 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 6 September 2010 $10,000 Madrid, Spain Hard Russia Marta Sirotkina 6–4, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 10 January 2011 $10,000 Glasgow, United Kingdom Hard (i) Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmina Tinjić 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 24 January 2011 $25,000 Grenoble, France Hard (i) Poland Marta Domachowska 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 16 May 2011 $25,000 Izmir, Turkey Hard Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 6. 23 April 2012 $10,000 Bournemouth, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Jade Windley 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 7. 4 March 2013 $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Russia Daria Mironova 6–7(2–7), 6–2, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 8. 10 March 2014 $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko 6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 17 March 2014 $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Russia Vitalia Diatchenko 6–2, 3–0, ret.
Winner 6. 21 April 2014 $25,000 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard Uzbekistan Nigina Abduraimova 6–3, 6–4
Winner 7. 5 May 2014 $50,000 Fukuoka, Japan Grass Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 8. 10 August 2015 $25,000 Landisville, United States Hard United States Robin Anderson 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 9. 21 September 2015 $75,000 Albuquerque, United States Hard Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek 7–6(7–2), 6–7(3–7), 5–7
Winner 9. 1 February 2016 $100,000 Midland, United States Hard (i) United States Robin Anderson 6–7(6–8), 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 10. 5 February 2017 $100,000 Midland, United States Hard (i) Germany Tatjana Maria 4–6, 7–6(8–6), 4–6

Doubles (14–12)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (9–9)
Clay (3–1)
Grass (1–2)
Carpet (1–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 5 November 2007 $10,000 Redbridge, United Kingdom Hard (i) Poland Patrycja Sanduska Netherlands Daniëlle Harmsen
Netherlands Renée Reinhard
0–6, 6–1, [10–5]
Winner 2. 14 April 2008 $10,000 Bol, Croatia Clay Switzerland Amra Sadiković Slovenia Tina Obrez
Slovenia Anja Prislan
6–4, 6–3
Winner 3. 4 May 2009 $10,000 Edinburgh, United Kingdom Clay United Kingdom Elizabeth Thomas Norway Helene Auensen
Belarus Volha Duko
3–6, 6–3, [10–7]
Runner-up 1. 28 May 2009 $50,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Grass United Kingdom Katie O'Brien United Kingdom Sarah Borwell
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
3–6, 6–2, [7–10]
Winner 4. 6 September 2010 $10,000 Madrid, Spain Hard United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith United Kingdom Jennifer Ren
Russia Marta Sirotkina
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 25 April 2011 $25,000 Qarshi, Uzbekistan Hard Australia Isabella Holland Ukraine Tetyana Arefyeva
Russia Eugeniya Pashkova
7–6(7–1), 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 5. 16 May 2011 $25,000 Izmir, Turkey Hard United Kingdom Lisa Whybourn Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu
Croatia Tereza Mrdeža
3–6, 7–6(7–4), [10–7]
Winner 6. 7 November 2011 $25,000 Opole, Poland Carpet (i) France Kristina Mladenovic Poland Paula Kania
Poland Magda Linette
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 7. 14 November 2011 $25,000 Bratislava, Slovakia Hard (i) France Kristina Mladenovic Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková
5–7, 6–4, [10–2]
Runner-up 3. 12 March 2012 $25,000 Clearwater, United States Hard United Kingdom Heather Watson Georgia (country) Ekaterine Gorgodze
Ukraine Alyona Sotnikova
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 16 April 2012 $25,000 Namangan, Uzbekistan Hard Poland Paula Kania Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
Russia Marta Sirotkina
2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 5. 14 May 2012 $50,000+H Saint-Gaudens, France Clay Israel Julia Glushko Serbia Vesna Dolonc
Russia Irina Khromacheva
2–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 25 February 2013 $10,000 Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Hard Serbia Ana Veselinović Romania Ilka Csöregi
Madagascar Zarah Razafimahatratra
5–7, 3–6
Winner 8. 13 May 2013 $25,000 Balikpapan, Indonesia Hard Serbia Teodora Mirčić Chinese Taipei Chen Yi
China Xu Yifan
6–3, 6–3
Winner 9. 20 May 2013 $25,000 Tarakan, Indonesia Hard (i) Serbia Teodora Mirčić China Tang Haochen
China Tian Ran
6–2, 1–6, [10–5]
Winner 10. 1 July 2013 $50,000 Sacramento, United States Hard Australia Storm Sanders United States Robin Anderson
United States Lauren Embree
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 8 July 2013 $50,000 Yakima, United States Hard United States Irina Falconi United States Jan Abaza
United States Allie Will
5–7, 6–3, [3–10]
Winner 11. 14 October 2013 $25,000 Lagos, Nigeria Hard United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith Oman Fatma Al-Nabhani
Romania Cristina Dinu
3–6, 6–4, [10–7]
Winner 12. 28 October 2013 $75,000 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i) Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková Romania Raluca Olaru
Austria Tamira Paszek
6–3, 3–6, [10–5]
Runner-up 8. 17 February 2014 $25,000 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hard (i) Czech Republic Renata Voráčová United Kingdom Jocelyn Rae
United Kingdom Anna Smith
6–7(6–8), 4–6
Runner-up 9. 5 May 2014 $50,000 Fukuoka, Japan Grass Greece Eleni Daniilidou Japan Shuko Aoyama
Japan Eri Hozumi
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 6 April 2015 $25,000 Barnstaple, United Kingdom Hard (i) Russia Ekaterina Bychkova France Stéphanie Foretz
Croatia Ana Vrljić
2–6, 7–5, [7–10]
Winner 13. 4 May 2015 $50,000 Fukuoka, Japan Grass Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková Japan Eri Hozumi
Japan Junri Namigata
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 1 February 2016 $100,000 Midland, United States Hard (i) United States Shelby Rogers United States Catherine Bellis
United States Ingrid Neel
2–6, 4–6
Winner 14. 20 May 2017 $100,000 Trnava, Slovakia Clay United Kingdom Heather Watson Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–3, 6–2
Runner–up 12. 17 July 2017 $100,000 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure Russia Natela Dzalamidze
Russia Veronika Kudermetova
2–6, 0–6

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]


Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Australian Open A A A A Q2 A A Q1 Q1 1R 0–1
French Open A A A A Q1 A A Q2 1R Q1 0–1
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 Q1 1R 1R Q2 2R 1R 1R 1R 1–6
US Open A A A Q3 Q1 A Q1 Q3 2R 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–9


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