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At 29, Liam Broady continues to live under the shadow of older sister and former British number 1, Naomi Broady. While Naomi reached a career-best WTA ranking of 54, Liam has never been able to break into the top 100.
British fans have been made to wait by Broady, who turned pro in 2014 and was earmarked as a future successor of Andy Murray due to his unwavering determination and ability to bounce back. While the Scotsman is having a new lease on life in 2023, Broady is also impressing on the ATP tour.
He is enjoying his highest career ranking of 107 and will be moving up to 103 following his participation in the Cassis Challenger. A proper run on the European hard court swing post-US Open can see him break into the top 100 and finally start coming true on the potential he showed as a teenager. However, Broady has maintained his sense of humour during the ups and downs of his career, and one can only cheer him on.
Liam Broady’s next tournament and match
|Liam Broady’s next match and odds|
|Next Tournament||Saint-Tropez Challenger|
|Next Opponent||Constant Lestienne|
|Next Match Date and Time||24/09/2023|
|Liam Broady Odds||3/5 (1.60)|
Since the Championships, Broady has impressed on the Challenger Tour. He was seeded at Cary and Winnipeg, living up to his billing and reached the semi-finals. It helped him get wins under his belt in the US Open qualifiers but fell one step short of the main draw.
Returning to Europe, Broady picked off where he left off from. The Stockport native reached the semi-finals in Cassis but again fell short. Mattia Bellucci ended his run and Broady now goes into the lion’s den in Saint-Tropez, where the Italian is the reigning champion.
This is the first time the 103-ranked British ace will appear in Saint-Tropez. It has been a stepping stone for NextGen stars and one of the events that allowed Benjamin Bonzi to leap into the top 100. Broady will arrive with similar designs after being seeded 9th but will have to overcome the likes of 36-ranked Ugo Humbert to stake his claim.
Liam Broady’s next match – Saint-Tropez Challenger finals vs Constant Lestienne Radu Albot
The fourth time is the charm and Braody proved it in St Tropez. The British ace made little work of Radu Albot in the semi-finals, claiming a straight-set victory. However, it was not an easy encounter with a tiebreaker in the first and a threat of it in the second.
The British ace now turns his attention towards Constant Lestienne, their second meeting of the year and fourth overall. Broady defeated Lestienne in straight sets in the 2023 Wimbledon Championships and has a 2-1 record against him.
However, the Frenchman will be a possessed man after being given a fortunate draw. Sebastian Offner had to withdraw after the first set in the quarter-final while Michael Mmoh retired after trailing in the semi-final 5-3. With limited time spent on the court, he has the fresher legs and will fancy his silverware chances.
Liam Broady’s 2023 campaign so far
The 29-year-old’s season on the main tour has been a challenging one, as he encountered difficulties in finding consistent success. However, he showcased his talent and resilience on the ITF and Challenger circuits, where he made some notable achievements.
Broady’s season started with a promising quarterfinal run in Canberra after coming through the qualifying rounds. Despite the 2-1 defeat to Leandro Riedi, he displayed his potential but unfortunately could not carry that momentum over to the Australian Open, as he was knocked out in the first qualifying round by Emilio Gomez, missing the opportunity to compete in the main draw.
Upon returning to Europe, Broady experienced a breakthrough at the Vilnius Open, where he secured silverware. Zdenek Kolar fell victim to him in the final in straight sets, signalling a positive turning point in his season. However, his next stop in Doha presented a challenging draw, as he faced the formidable Daniil Medvedev in the second round after successfully navigating through the qualifiers.
BROADY ELIMINATES RUUD! 🔥🇬🇧
A completely unrecognizable Casper Ruud was eliminated in 5 sets by Liam Broady, who also bagelled him in the final set 🥯. Ruud’s forehand never worked.
— Relevant Tennis (@RelevantTennis) July 6, 2023
Continuing on the hard court circuit, Broady showed promise with a quarterfinal appearance in Lugano, Switzerland. Additionally, he reached the final of the Biel Challenger but was unfortunate to retire after the first set due to fitness concerns.
The transition to the clay court swing proved to be a difficult period for Broady. Struggling with injuries and fitness issues, he only managed to secure two wins out of six matches during this phase, making it a forgettable stretch of the season for the British player.
Prior to the Wimbledon Championships, Broady’s main tour performances were inconsistent. While he participated in four events, he only managed to progress past the first round on two occasions, indicating the challenges he faced against higher-ranked opponents.
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