Search

James Ward makes early exit at Queen’s - but pockets Wimbledon wild card

15:01 12 June 2012

James Ward

James Ward

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Camden’s James Ward was eliminated in the first round at Queen’s Club today – but still has cause to celebrate after receiving a wild card entry to Wimbledon.

Ward, who is Britain’s No2 and is currently ranked 171 in the world, lost to the ninth seed and world No30 Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 on centre court at the AEGON Championships in Kensington.

The 25-year-old, from Eversholt Street near Euston station, reached the semi-finals of the competition last year before being beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – but he was unable to repeat such heroics this time around.

Despite that disappointment, Ward is already assured of a place at Wimbledon, after being handed one of seven wild cards for the tournament earlier today.

“I played a good match,” he said. “I didn’t do many things wrong but he [Anderson] has a great serve and when you fall behind it’s tough to get back in.

“I had a couple of chances but didn’t take them and he did take his. You don’t get too many and the half-chances you do get, you have to take. It’s a start, I’ll look to improve and see what I can do at Eastbourne.”

Meanwhile, Hackney’s Anne Keothavong – who is currently ranked No76 in the world - beat the world No58 Tamira Paszek 6-2, 7-5 at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

The 28-year-old also received a Wimbledon wildcard today for the women’s doubles, and will partner Elena Baltacha in SW19.

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

15 minutes ago
Aarron Morgan (left) in action against Jan Balog. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGSPHOTO

Former Islington BC captain Aarron ‘The Marksman’ Morgan is to box for the first title of his professional career next month.

Yesterday, 21:41
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates his goal at Loftus Road

Second half goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez secured Arsenal three points in their London derby against QPR at Loftus Road.

Yesterday, 17:32
Islington & Camden U12s

Mark Stephenson’s second-half double earned Islington & Camden Under-12s their first win of the new year as they saw off Brent 2-0 at St Aloysius’ College.

Yesterday, 17:23
Jack Farmer, Lion ABC

Lion ABC’s Jack Farmer made a triumphant return to the ring after a two-year absence as the Hoxton club bade farewell to their old Pitfield Street building.

Most read sport

It’s safe to say that no one is happy with the PM’s latest suggestion.

Is there a James Bond hangover in the secret services?

A report by the OECD has found that less than one in 20 girls considers a career in a Stem subject, compared to one in five boys.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder