Tara Moore and Naomi Broady are on form in Barnstaple
Britain's Tara Moore and Naomi Broady recorded victories on the opening day of the main draw at the AEGON GB Pro-Series tournament in Barnstaple yesterday.
Moore scored one of the biggest wins of her career as she took out the fourth seed, beating Slovakia's Jana Cepelova, the world number 106, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
"I played well," the 20-year-old Briton said. "I used my forehand well and was coming in quite a bit too."
Moore, the second highest-ranked British player in the draw, behind Anne Keothavong, started well, breaking her opponent four out of five times in first set, but Cepelova struck back in the second, winning five games in a row after trailing 1-2, to force the match into a decider.
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In the final set the British player was twice a break down early on, before winning won four games in a row for 5-2 and serving out to love at 5-3 to claim the win in one hour and 29 minutes.
Broady was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Lina Stanciute of Lithuania. Broady, the world number 279 said: "It was a tough first round. We're good friends and know each other's games well.
"I served really well and I think that got me through it. I've struggled with my confidence this year and haven't been winning many matches. A lot of the tournaments that I have played have had stronger draws, and it's been tougher to win and get my ranking up.
There were also wins yesterday for Madison Brengle of the United States, Russia's Ekaterina Bychkova, Vesna Dolonc of Serbia plus the sixth seeded, former world number 14 Eleni Daniilidou of Greece.
Today, top seed and world number 59 Romina Oprandi will be in action at 11am, taking on Kazakhstan's Anna Danilina.
Keothavong, the British number three, will be third on Court Two against Diana Marcinkevica of Latvia.