Ward fights back to win title

Great Britain's James Ward

Great Britain's James Ward - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Camden’s James Ward claimed his third ATP Challenger tour title on Sunday at the Fifth Third Bank Championships in Kentucky.

Ward, a former Islington Tennis Club player from Eversholt Street, Euston, came from behind to clinch victory over Australia’s James Duckworth in the final and leap back into the top 200 world rankings.

The British number two – who had dropped just one game as he swept past Filip Peliwo in the semi-final – lost the first set 6-4.

But he recovered to win the last two 6-3, 6-4 and secure the title that eluded him two years ago, when he was beaten in the final by Wayne Odesnik.

“I started slow and obviously he was playing well,” said the 26-year-old, who has endured a difficult season after exiting in the first round at both Queen’s and Wimbledon.

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“He had a game plan a little bit different to how he’s played me in the past, so I just had to adjust.”

The result elevated Ward to 179th in the rankings ahead of his next test, the Odlum Brown Open in Vancouver.

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