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British teenager Naomi Broady hits ranking high

Naomi Broady
Broady has bounced back after being suspended by the LTA in 2007

Britain's Naomi Broady is celebrating a career-high world ranking after winning her third title in a row.

The 19-year-old from Stockport picked up her second ITF title in Havana on Saturday, following a previous success in Puerta, Mexico.

A run of 15 straight wins on the ITF circuit - the level below the WTA Tour - has taken her to 309 in the world and seventh in the British rankings.

Broady, who is not funded by the LTA, began the year ranked 444th.

She has not been under the LTA's wing since she was suspended in 2007 following what was deemed a breach of her contract.

The LTA accused the Under-18 champion of "unprofessional behaviour" and a "lack of discipline" after seeing photos of her on social networking website Bebo.

Since then, Broady has split her time between the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris and the Manchester Northern Lawn Tennis Club.

Her brother Liam, 15, is also considered a bright prospect, and won the Under-14 European Masters last year.

Broady's success, which comes after a four-month lay-off with a wrist injury, caps an encouraging year for Britain's women.

Elena Baltacha, ranked 85th, Katie O'Brien (88th) and Anne Keothavong (99th) are all inside the top 100.

By contrast, Britain's men have only one representative in the top 100 - Andy Murray - while the next highest-ranked player is Alex Bogdanovic at 164, with number three Daniel Evans a distant 261.

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