James Ward bows out in Nottingham but Harriet Dart wins Wimbledon qualifier
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Camden’s James Ward bowed out in the first round of the Aegon Open at Nottingham on Monday, despite having a double break in the third set.
The 29-year-old, from Eversholt Street near Euston station, led 4-1 against the Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the decider, but he lost five games in a row – three of them on his own serve – to exit the competition 1-6, 6-3, 4-6.
Ward, the world No177, was in trouble early on, losing the first set 6-1 against the world No60. However, he broke early on in the second and closed it out 6-3, before taking the momentum into the third, breaking twice to go 4-1 ahead.
Yet a double fault at 0-40 let Jaziri back into the match, and Ward was broken again as the scores were levelled, before finding himself 5-4 down. He needed to hold serve to stay in the match but, again, was unable to do so.
Britain’s No5 is now awaiting the draw for the first round of Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, having been given a wildcard for the tournament.
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Meanwhile, West Hampstead’s Harriet Dart overcame the world No169 Fangzhou Liu 7-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Wimbledon qualifiers on Monday. The 19-year-old is ranked 448th.
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