Edmund beats world number 869 Ward in all-British contest – report & highlights

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Edmund beats Ward in all-British clash – best shots

Kyle Edmund fought back to claim his first Wimbledon win and end the hopes of fellow Briton and world number 869 Alex Ward.

Edmund, ranked 50th, won 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 on court three to reach the second round for the first time – at the fifth time of asking.

Ward, 27, had come through qualifying to take his place in the main draw.

Edmund, 22, goes on to face French 15th seed Gael Monfils or Daniel Brands of Germany in round two.

Fellow Britons James Ward, Brydan Klein and Katie Boulter are in action later on day two, after Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson all won on Monday.

Edmund rises to the challenge

Ward captured the headlines heading into the all-British contest but it was as big a match for Edmund, who was without a win on grass this year and had recently split from his coach.

The British number two appeared the more nervous, dropping serve in the first game and failing to get the deficit back as a confident Ward took the set.

A shock was a realistic possibility until midway through the second set, when Edmund rose to the challenge and showed the class which has taken him to the world’s top 50.

The Yorkshireman dropped just six games in three sets to secure his second-round place.

“It’s nice to get the win,” he said. “It’s a home Grand Slam and one of those dreams you have as a kid. It’s not been a good tournament for me in recent years but it’s good to get the win now.”

Ward, who missed six months through injury last year, leaves the All England Club with £35,000 in prize money and his ranking projected to rise around 300 places.

“Well done to Alex,” added Edmund. “He went through qualifying after a long injury lay-off. It’s good to see the nice guys do well.”


Former British number one John Lloyd on BBC Two

A very fine performance by Kyle Edmund after a dodgy start. He was on a hiding to nothing going up against a fellow Brit. He started badly, a set down but had faith in his ability to come back.

His game improved, he was aggressive in the right way and his serve got better. This will do him the power of good. Ward ran out of gas. He looked fatigued, but has made a bit of money and hopefully now he can push his ranking up.

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