By Glenys Furness

  • James Ward & Ed Corrie exit first round
  • Liam Broady smashes racquet
  • Brydan Klein last Brit to fall

It wasn’t a good week as the Brits fall in Lexington, there were four British players in the singles of the Lexington Challenger.  James Ward was here as the top seed, with Liam Broady seeded seventh.  Ed Corrie and Brydan Klein were not seeded. 

Ward faced a Lucky Loser in the first round Yasutaka Uchiyama.  The top seed started off really well, but was not getting a look in on the Japanese serve and they were staying level on games with the lucky loser holding serve easier than the Brit.  As a lucky loser he had nothing to lose at all, so was swinging freely.  After a delay for lightening (but no rain) the players came out again and Ward was still playing well but Uchiyama was doing well and managed to get the break of serve and took the first set 4-6.  The second set started the same way with both holding serve, some games easier than others, before another delay with the players coming off court.  This time it was for rain, and lots of it.  On the resumption of play it took one break of serve for the Japanese player to get the better of the top seed.

Corrie was in the main draw too and had drawn Chinese player Ze Zhang.  The Brit was not able to make much of an impression on the Chinese player serve, and found himself getting broken, he was soon down 2-6 in the first set.  In the 2nd set and the Brit was still trying hard but the Chinese player was just too good for him and eventually the match got away as the Brit went down 3-6.

Both Broady and Klein had won their first round matches in straight sets, to find themselves in the 2nd round. At this stage the Stockport native found himself against a wild card Omar Jasika, the Brit was winning more points but was struggling to win games, as he lost 9 games in a row.  Finding himself down 0-6, 0-3 the 7th seed managed to get a game on the board and this seemed to spark something in him.  Keeping serve the Brit got the score to 4-5 before the rain hit again, on resumption Broady held serve and eventually the set headed to the tiebreak.  The Brit tried to keep this close but ultimately lost the tiebreak 6-8 and therefore the match.  After the match was over Broady vented his frustration on the racquet he had been using.

Klein found himself against Yuki Bhambri 6th seed.  The Brit was looking to make the quarter final, however the Indian was just too strong today.  Brydan struggled to make any impression on the 6th seed serve, whilst his own was being broken and he lost the first set 3-6.  In the second set no matter what he tried the Brit was still unable to get anything on the 6th seed service games.  Eventually Bhambri proved too strong and took the set 2-6 to bring to an end the British participation in the singles.

Ward & Broady were due to play in the doubles second round, but they withdrew it appears that Ward had a heel issue, hopefully nothing serious and he will be ready for the US Open (if not before) as he has direct entry due to his ranking of 89 at the end of Wimbledon.

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