Naomi Broady: British number three knocked out of ASB Classic

Naomi Broady
Naomi Broady had beaten former world number on Ana Ivanovic in the first round

British number three Naomi Broady was beaten in the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic by American Sloane Stephens.

Broady had two chances to win the first set but lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in Auckland.

The world number 122 led 6-5 in the opener, but fifth seed Stephens held her serve to force a tie-break and saved a set point before taking it 8-6.

Broady, who won a controversial match to reach the last eight, broke to lead 2-1 in the next set, but Stephens won five of the next six games to progress.

"It was a tough one, Naomi's a great player," said Stephens. "She has had such a great week here."

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