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Broady secures first Wimbledon win

ESPN staff
June 23, 2014
Naomi Broady moves into the second round of a grand slam for the first time © PA Photos

Britain's Naomi Broady pulled off a stunning comeback from a set down against Timea Babos to secure a maiden Wimbledon victory.

Wild card Broady, 24, moved into the second round of a grand slam for the first time in her career after defeating Babos 2-6 7-6(7) 6-0 in eight minutes shy of two hours on Court 16.

"This time last year I was researching how to become an au pair, and was looking at Paris, because I couldn't afford to play tennis," said Broady.

"But I won a qualifying round and that got me through for a while, then I had some wins in the doubles and that helped me pay for the singles.

James Ward lost 6-2 6-2 6-1 to Mikhail Youzhny © Getty Images

"The difference a year can make is amazing. I think I'll be fine for a year or so now. It's very satisfying knowing that it's me that has achieved this.

"Not having LTA funding means I don't have to report back to anyone and it has made me hungrier. If I don't win I don't have any money. I have to fight harder on court."

Unlike Broady, British men's No.2 Dan Evans couldn't break his Wimbledon duck as he lost 6-1 7-5 3-6 7-6(5) to Andrey Kuznetsov on No.2 Court.

Earlier on Monday, British No.3 James Ward failed to upset 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny as he was dealt a crushing straight-sets defeat in the first round.

Ward's Wimbledon lasted just an hour and three-quarters as he went down 6-2 6-2 6-1 to the former world No.8 Russian on No.3 Court, missing out on joining British counterpart Andy Murray in the second round.

Earlier on Monday, Johanna Konta became the first Brit to be knocked out of Wimbledon when she lost in three sets to Shuai Peng.

World No.96 Konta lost 6-4 3-6 6-4 in two hours and 15 minutes, suffering her third straight first-round exit at the the tournament. Despite taking a break of serve in the first game of the first set, Konta was broken twice as Peng rallied to take the opener.

Konta broke three times to level the tie but her opponent's serve proved too strong in the decider.

"I believe I came back in the second set with a cool head and just started playing tennis," Konta told the BBC. "In that third set, it was just one more break and she played a good service game to serve it out."

Elsewhere, Dan Cox lost out 6-2 7-6(3) 6-7(6) 6-3 to Jeremy Chardy.

Cox struggled as Chardy took the first set with ease but the Brit hit back to force the second into a tie-break. However, Chardy prevailed to leave Cox facing a first-round exit.

Cox dug deep in to force the third set into the second breaker of the match and this time he took his chance on set point number three.

However, Cox could not swing the momentum his way and Chardy responded to take the fourth set 6-3 and, with it, the match.

There was also disappointment for Britain's Kyle Edmund, who went down 6-3 7-6(4) 6-2 to Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer.

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