Stockport’s Naomi Broady is into the last eight of the Aegon Manchester Trophy after a gutsy win over American Maria Sanchez.
The 7-6 7-6 victory took the world number 123 set up an encounter with top seed Kai-Chen Chang from Chinese Taipei tomorrow.
Broady had to combat the elements on a blustery day in Didsbury in order to secure victory in a tight encounter against the American qualifier.
Following the match the 27-year-old from Heaton Moor said: “She made it really tough for me today she likes to serve-volley and come to the net a lot.
“It was really tough conditions in the wind today, hopefully it won’t be this windy for the rest of the week, it stops me serving as well so hopefully the wind will die down and I’ll get my serve back a bit.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever had a real home crowd behind me, I’ve played against it so many times and it’s so nice to have it behind you.
“I love how biased they are, so hopefully they’ll be back again tomorrow to help me get through the next match.”
Top seed Chang, currently ranked 109 in the world and previously as high as 82, was made to battle for her quarter-final spot by 22-year-old Brit Katy Dunne.
The Chinese-Taipei player had to adapt her game to adjust to the wind to secure victory in three sets 6-3 4-6 6-1:
Fellow Brit Gabriella Taylor joined Broady in the last eight after her opponent, second seed Maryna Zanevska, was forced to retire injured.
Magdalena Frech, from Poland, also progressed into the last eight in a surprise victory against number three seed Alison van Uytvanck from Belgium 61 16 64:
Serbian, Aleksandra Krunic who overcame Britain’s Katie Boulter 6-2 6-4 in only her second match on grass this year was joined by Kazakhstani Zarina Diyas, fifth seed Anna Blinkova from Russia and number four seed Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus to complete the quarter-final line-up.
Gabriella Taylor will kick off proceedings against Aleksandra Krunic tomorrow at 11am on Centre Court followed by Naomi Broady v Kai-Chen Chang.