Local favourite Naomi Broady is in the semi-finals of the Aegon Manchester at The Northern Lawn Tennis Club.
Broady overcame top seed Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) in comprehensive style 6-3, 6-4. She used her serve to full effect on the grass of Centre Court. The Stockport local appeared more assured than in her previous matches and commented following the match.
“I am really pleased, I was playing much better today than I was yesterday. I think it helped that it wasn’t as windy today. I served really well, I served a great game to finish off the match.
“She [Chang] is a great player, I knew that it would be tough. I had to really stick to my tactics, mixed in lots of slices again. I think my serve made the difference today”.
Fellow Brit, Gabriella Taylor couldn’t overcome seventh seed Aleksandra Krunic in their quarterfinal match-up. The Serb won 6-4, 6-1.
19-year-old Taylor has never previously reached the quarterfinals of a grass-court tournament. She was gracious in defeat and took heart from her performance this week.
“There was no pressure today, [Aleksandra] has been top 100 for quite a while. She’s obviously a very tough opponent and out there it was a tough match.
“I thought I had a lot of chances but I didn’t quite take them today. But there are a lot of positives to take as well. So, I’m quite happy in a way with this week’s performance and I’m looking forward to next week”.
Krunic will now play Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka who defeated 18-year-old Anna Blinkova 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-3.
The hard hitting 19-year-old believes that the crowd’s support carried her over the finish line.
“The people who supported me, it was really amazing, I feel it. It was a big help for me”.
Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas completes the final four, accounting for 19-year-old Magdalena Frech 6-1, 6-0. She did this in an impressive display of grass court tennis.
“I’m feeling really good, I played really well today. I was happy with my game, it was a little bit windy and [Frech] is a tough opponent. She beat a really good player yesterday so the score seems easy but I had to work for every point”.
With the weather promising a glorious weekend of sunshine the Aegon Manchester Trophy is set for a blockbuster weekend.