By Niall Clarke
- Aljaz Bedene loses to Pierre Hugues Herbert in Winston Salem
- The Brit lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.
WINSTON SALEM, USA- Aljaz Bedene was soundly defeated by Pierre Hugues Herbert in the third round of Winston Salem on Wednesday night.
The British number two was looking to back up one of the biggest wins of his career after defeating top seed Gilles Simon in the second round. However, Simon’s compatriot Herbert stopped Bedene’s progress in the ATP 250 event for the loss of only three games.
The Brit got the better of the opening exchanges, earning four break point opportunities which he failed to take. From there it was all downhill for Bedene as the Frenchman hit the ascendency. The world number 58 was broken at 3-2 and Herbert would go on to serve out the set 6-3.
A disastrous second set from a British perspective started with an early break for the Frenchman who by this pint was in full control of the match. Bedene struggled hugely on serve, and was broken twice more allowing Herbert to serve for the match. The Slovenian-born Brit fought to earn a break back point but at this stage the match was already done. The Frenchman saved the break point and converted the second match point to wrap up a convincing 6-3, 6-0 victory.
Bedene will now head to the US Open where he will be in the main draw which takes place on Thursday.
Elsewhere, second seed Kevin Anderson booked his quarter final place by defeating Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 7-6(2), 6-4. Jo Wilfried Tsonga was upset by American Steve Johnson 6-3 4-6 7-6(4), and Hyeon Chung’s run was ended by Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6(1), 1-6, 7-5.
You can follow the rest of the Winston Salem Open via the Britwatch Live Scores