Wimbledon 2017: Kyle Edmund beats Alex Ward in all-British contest

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Edmund beats Ward in all-British clash - best shots
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Venue: All England Club Dates: 3-16 July Starts: 11:30 BST
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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.

British wildcard Katie Boulter, making her Grand Slam debut, lost 3-6 7-5 6-3 to world number 60 Christina McHale.

Brydan Klein and James Ward also bowed out, both men losing in straight sets.

James Ward, 30, lost 6-4 6-4 6-3 to Marcos Baghdatis, faring marginally better than Klein, 27, who won only nine games as he was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 by Japan's Yuichi Sugita.

Alex 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, who beat Daniel Brands of Germany 6-3 7-5 6-4.

Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson all won on Monday.

Brits at Wimbledon

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.

"It's been tough starting again this year from a low ranking. But experiences like this make the sacrifices all worthwhile," said Ward.

"And today's my mum's 60th birthday, so playing that match was a nice present for her."

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Analysis

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.

Battling Boulter bows out

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Britain's Boulter loses to McHale - best shots

Boulter, the world number 238, made a confident start on her senior Grand Slam debut but could not maintain her momentum against the experienced McHale.

Helped by a noisy home crowd on court 12, 20-year-old Boulter took the first set with some powerful baseline play but she became more inconsistent the longer the match went on.

McHale took advantage when Boulter's serve dipped at the end of the second set and the 25-year-old American won nine straight points in the decider on her way to wrapping up the match in two hours and four minutes.

"I'm completely devastated in this one moment," Boulter said. "I'm sure in the next couple of days I will reflect on it a little bit more.

"Of course I'm proud to represent my country and to give my all."

Former British number one Jo Durie said: "McHale gradually broke Boulter down until it was like a torrent coming down towards her in the final set.

"But, overall, Boulter was not too far off the pace and can be pleased with her performance.

"That is what you want to do when you come on court for a match like this - believe you can win, and work for it, and I think Boulter did all of that."

Ward cannot recapture Wimbledon magic

Marcos Baghdatis and James Ward
Ward (right) was playing just his fifth match since suffering a serious knee problem in September 2016

James Ward was number 89 in the world in 2015 but his ranking has tumbled to 1,085 after a lengthy injury absence.

He was handed a wildcard into the main draw but his hopes of a repeat of his performance here two years ago, when he reached the third round, were quickly ended on court 18.

Baghdatis, who reached the semi-finals at SW19 in 2006, did not face a single break point and completed a dominant victory in one hour and 40 minutes.

"I have come a long road. There were times I never knew if I was going to play tennis again. I was in the gym every day rehabbing with a physio and it was tough, because you just don't know when it's going to get better.

"You see very small improvements. Sometimes you go backwards. And then now I'm at a stage where I'm not completely 100% pain-free, but I don't know if I ever will be. So that's what I maybe have to live with."

Knee injury hinders Klein

Brydan Klein
Klein needed lengthy treatment following a fall

Over on court 16, Klein, the world number 232, started strongly against Sugita and forced a first-set tie-break against a player ranked 188 places higher.

But Klein, 27, never recovered after falling awkwardly while 5-2 down in the second set and, after lengthy treatment, won only one more game as his Japanese opponent triumphed in two hours and six minutes.

"The knee was a bit sore and I was losing my balance a bit, but not much," said the British number six.

"When I lost a few points my mind was maybe on my knee when it should have been elsewhere, but I was already a set and 5-2 down.

"He played well in the third and I didn't so it was disappointing. But even if I looked angry I was enjoying every second of it."

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