Photo: Rowland Charles GoodmanLiam Broady (GBR)
20-year-old Liam Broady won his second career pro singles title at The West Hants Club on Saturday with a 75 62 defeat of Luke Bambridge.
Despite the weather forecast a healthy crowd of about 100, were treated to a great final played in blustery but dry conditions.
19-year-old Bambridge playing his first pro singles final on clay, started very positively getting an early break of serve, but after some long opening games, number 4 seed Broady worked his way back into the set, which he eventually took 75.
The second set started like the first (very close), but the 20-year-old Mancunian began to take control, and after clinching the final point showed the crowd his obvious delight at capturing a first singles title of the year.
Broady who is currently at a career high of 447, will now be closing in on the top 400 with the 18 points he won at Bournemouth.
In fact, with both players at current career highs, they will both be looking to emulate 2013 champion Borna Coric, who since winning in Bournemouth as a 16-year-old qualifier, has moved from outside the Top 1000 to inside the Top 300, and earlier this month beat Top 20 player Jerzy Janowicz in the Croatia v Poland Davis Cup tie.
Speaking after the match Broady, congratulated the ground staff on the great job they had done despite the inclement weather throughout the week. He added: "The blustery conditions made it difficult out here today. It’s always a little bit different playing someone you know so well, train with, play doubles with, and share the same coach. One of my current goals is to get to more Futures level final’s and make the most of the experience from such occasions".