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Wimbledon: Liam Broady advances after dispatching Marinko Matosevic

By Nick Purewal

Liam Broady salvaged both family and national pride on a mixed opening day for the British hopes at Wimbledon, with Heather Watson's campaign hanging in the balance.

Broady overturned a two-set deficit to see off Marinko Matosevic in a five-set thriller, before his sister Naomi crashed out to Mariana Duque-Marino and Johanna Konta lost to Maria Sharapova.

Watson levelled her clash with Caroline Garcia at one set apiece before play was suspended for bad light, with the match to be resumed on Tuesday.

Liam Broady's first grand slam tournament victory proved Britain's sole success of the day, the 21-year-old eventually dispatching Australia's Matosevic 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Naomi Broady was unable to be inspired after watching her brother's triumph however, losing out 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 to Colombia's Duque-Marino.

Liam Broady will now meet 16th seed David Goffin in the second round, and will join forces with his sister for the mixed doubles.

"It means everything to win my first grand slam match, I couldn't be happier," said Broady, who has already banked £47,000 but faces a £2,000 fine for swearing on court.

"I travel more than anything, 35 to 40 weeks of the year, and that's what the prize money's great for."

Naomi Broady conceded 82 ranking places to world number 126 Duque-Marino from South America, and in the end that gap took its toll.

The 25-year-old Duque-Marino edged out Broady in a tense first-set tie-break, before the Colombian prevailed in a hard-fought second set to progress to the second round.

As with her brother earlier in the day, Broady was right on the brink of defeat when launching a comeback.

Unlike sibling Liam though, Naomi Broady was unable to complete the dramatic turnaround.

Broady surrendered her serve on the fifth break point to slip 3-1 behind in the second set - only to steal Duque-Marino's very next service game.

Where Matosevic cracked mentally against Liam Broady in the day's opening clash however, Naomi's Colombian foe held firm.

Johanna Konta fell the same way as Naomi Broady, losing out 6-2 6-2 to the 2004 Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Maria Sharapova.

Konta was unable to make her momentum from reaching the Eastbourne quarter-finals count against the five-time grand slam-winning Russian.

The 24-year-old's wait for a first victory at Wimbledon continues, but that did not leave her too disheartened afterwards.

Quickly changing focus to her first-round doubles clash with the 12th seeds Venus and Serena Williams, Konta said: "I feel I'm one of the luckiest athletes in the world that I get to play not one, not two, but three incredible champions in the string of a few days. Not many people can say that."

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