Broady and beard cut down to size by Goffin

Wed Jul 1, 2015 1:20pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - British wildcard Liam Broady, whose bushy beard and family dramas have received as much attention as his first-round win, was cut down to size by Belgium's David Goffin at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Broady, one of four home players through to the second round of the men's singles for the first time since 2006, stayed with 16th seed Goffin in the opening set but could not maintain the pace in searing heat and went down 7-6(3) 6-1 6-1.

A service game lasting more than 10 minutes broke Broady's resistance early in the second set and the accurate Goffin pressed the accelerator to race away from the 21-year-old.

Home fans were given some cheer later though when Heather Watson, the only British woman to reach the second round, beat Slovakia's former world number five Daniela Hantuchova 6-4 6-2.

Watson's next task could be against five-times champion and world number one Serena Williams.

Broady's sister Naomi was one of the British casualties in the first round on Monday, the day Liam recovered from two sets down to beat experienced Australian Marinko Matosevic.

They were the first British brother and sister to play at Wimbledon for 37 years but it was not all family harmony.

Liam, born in Stockport which also was the birthplace of former British great Fred Perry, fell out with his father Simon over his decision to accept backing from the LTA after Naomi had been cut adrift by the national association.   Continued...

Liam Broady of Britain waves to the crowd after losing his match against David Goffin of Belgium at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth