St Albans' Broom beats former Wimbledon quarter-finalist on way to main draw of Ilkley Trophy
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Charles Broom reached the main draw of the LTA’s Ilkley Trophy having come through qualifying in style.
He went down 7-6 7-6 to another qualifier, Daniel Cox, in the round of 32 of the ATP Challenger event in West Yorkshire but it was his qualifying performances which stood out.
They included a 6-4 6-1 victory over former world number six Giles Simon, the Frenchman having made the quarter-final of Wimbledon in 2015.
Broom's final qualifying victory was a straight sets win over Jason Jung, the 24-year-old former St Albans School pupil winning 7-6 6-4 despite a wobble towards the end of the second set.
Broom said: "It was good overall. I played some of the big points really well, and that’s obviously what swung the match. I had spells where I played really well and spells where I thought he played a bit better.
"I was up in the second set and had a chance quite early, suddenly he found a bit of rhythm. I felt like I did well to steady the ship, keep my head a bit, and played a really good game at 5-4."
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