Monterrey Open: Naomi Broady beats Catherine Bellis in first round

Naomi Broady
Broady is ranked 123rd and became British number two for the first time on Monday

Britain's Naomi Broady reached the second round of the Monterrey Open in Mexico with victory over American world number 54 Catherine Bellis.

The British number two secured her second WTA Tour win of the year with a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory over Bellis, who is ranked 69 places above her.

Broady, 27, served 17 aces in the match, including 11 in the first set as she won a competitive tie-break.

She next faces Hungary's Timea Babos or Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands.

Fellow Briton Heather Watson is the defending champion in Monterrey and opens her campaign against Serbia's Nina Stojanovic at around 21:00 BST on Tuesday.

Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard suffered her fifth successive defeat, going down 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo, and the Canadian has not won a match since the Australian Open in January.

World number one Angelique Kerber plays Italy's Francesca Schiavone in her opening match on Tuesday.

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