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Net gains for British number 3 Naomi Broady in New Zealand

By Staff Reporter

British No.3 Naomi Broady beat a top-20 ranked opponent for the first time as she knocked out former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic in the first round of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Ranked No.122 in the world, qualifier Broady  beat the former French Open champion 7-5 6-4 in 88 minutes.

Ivanovic was the second high-profile player to exit after defending champion Venus Williams was knocked out by an 18-year-old wild card entry.

World No.16 Ivanovic, whose career earnings dwarfed her opponent's by £9.5 million, had no answer to Broady's service game.

The 25-year-old won 74 per cent of her first serve points, notched 14 aces and didn't double fault once as she ousted the tournament's 2014 champion.

Williams lost to Russian Darya Kasatkina 6-7 (7-4) 6-3 6-3.

British No.1 Johanna Konta, meanwhile, was beaten by qualifier Qiang Wang in the first round of the Shenzhen Open.

Konta, ranked 48 in the world, lost 6-3 3-6 6-3 to the 110-ranked Chinese in a match that lasted just under two hours.

Elsewhere, Caroline Wozniacki came back from 4-0 down in the first set to beat Danka Kovinic 6-4 6-4. She said: "When I won seven games in a row, I really felt like it was getting there."

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