NAOMI Broady served up her answer for the critics with a first ever singles win at Wimbledon.
The Stockport teenager, at the centre of a storm last year, fired her way into the second round of the junior event.
And she did it with the help of a good luck message from Andy Murray just before he went on to Centre Court to defeat Tommy Haas.
Given a wild card into the junior event at SW19, she caused an upset by defeating Romanian seventh seed Ana Bogdan in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (7/5).
A confident performance, including 12 aces, made her the sole British winner in the girls’ singles on Wimbledon’s Middle Saturday.
Broady, 18, was suspended for four weeks and had her Lawn Tennis Association funding withdrawn last year for “unprofessional” behaviour.
The sanctions came after she posted pictures of herself in a nightclub on social networking site Bebo, also writing that one of her pet hates was “hangovers after a good nite owt”.
But all that was forgotten as she let her tennis do the talking in front of a packed crowd, including a team of supporters from the Bolton High Performance Centre where she is now based.
After watching her triumph on Court 19 I interviewed Broady in the press centre, where she told me how the British No 1 had wished her well.
“I saw Andy before and he said good luck.”
His elder brother Jamie had also sent her a text of support last year when the web story erupted.
Broady became friendly with the Murray family while based at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
“I was naive to put it up but I didn’t think I did anything wrong, by having a life other than tennis,” she insisted.
“I think British young people in general always seem to get bad press.
“Even if they do something good, the bad press always overrides it. I’ve just forgotten about it now, it’s all in the past.”
Broady hit back and made her own headlines with an assured display against the 15-year-old seed in what will be the Heaton Mersey player’s last junior event.
In 2007 she went out in the first round against second seed Anastasia Pivovarova but had to play the match at a nearby college due to the rain backlog at the All England Club.
So this was her first singles match at Wimbledon itself, having also won through one round of the girls’ doubles last year.
“I didn’t get to play on the courts last year, so it was good to get on them this year and win – although I wasn’t sure at first which one Court 19 was.
“I like playing with a crowd, and you could hear the cheers coming from Court One next door as well.
“My backhand was a bit wobbly today. It’s normally my weapon.
“But it’s nice to get through a match even when it’s wobbly. You don’t want to peak in the first round either.
“I just go out there and believe you can win every match, because you never know what’s going to happen when you’re playing.”
Around 20 supporters from Bolton backed Broady from the stands, as a record 40,876 Middle Saturday crowd soaked up the sunshine.
They made up for the absence of her dad Simon, away travelling with younger brother Liam, 14, who is playing in a tennis tournament in Spain, and her mum Shirley, unable to get to London until the second round on Tuesday.
“Everyone was cheeering me on. I also had lots of guys with John McEnroe wigs shouting, ’We love you Naomi.’
“I was really nervous at the start. I just needed to hit through my shots, which I did in the end.
“This will be my last junior tournament, so I hope to make my mark before I go.”
Broady remains bemused by all the fuss about her website.
“I never really thought about it, even when it was going on. I still don’t really understand how it made the press. I don’t know what I did wrong.”
Her Bebo site is now closed and her Facebook web profile is much more carefully managed.
“When it happened the coaches were saying, ’Do you know what www dot stands for? It’s world wide web.’
“But it worked out for the better because during my suspension when I was training at Bolton I found I was happier there.
“So I decided not to come back to London. And I’m playing better now. I’m a northern girl, Stockport at heart.”