There was to be no all-British clash in the men’s second round as Yen-Hsun Lu beat Britain’s number two, to set up a clash with Britain’s number one.
For a short time it looked as if Ward, a wild card entrant, might cause an upset against his opponent from Chinese Taipei who was ranked 144 places above him.
Ward showed no sign of nerves as he broke his 75th-ranked opponent in the very first game.
Though Lu broke back Ward eventually took the set in the ensuing tie-break.
Breaks were at a premium and Lu grabbed his second, but last of the match, to edge the second set and draw level.
The 74-miunute third set went with serve all the way to a tie-break and a dramatic one at that which Lu eventually took 13 points to 11.
Despite the agonising loss of the third set, Ward didn’t lose hope in the fourth which again went with serve all the way to a breaker which Lu took to four, to take the match in three hours and 35 minutes.
Young British wildcard Kyle Edmund had his first Wimbledon main draw match today and will take a lot from the experience, despite losing 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to Jerzy Janowicz.
Edmund stayed with the 24th seed for the first few games before the Pole won four games on the trot to take the first set.
Edmund, just 18 and ranked 385th in the world, was soon behind in the second set which Janowicz again won 6-2.
Edmund limited his opponent to just one break in the third set but that was enough to take it and with it the match in an hour and 27 minutes.
It was a tough draw for the Brit but he showed glimpses of the player he might become in the years to come if he can continue this upward arc.
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