Australian Open 2015 Andy Murray Already The Last Brit Standing On Day Two As Trio Crash Out
Andy Murray was the last Brit standing at 3.33pm local time on the second day at the Australian Open as Heather Watson, Kyle Edmund and James Ward all crashed out.
The female British No. 1 needed on-court medical treatment for sickness before losing before losing 6-4 6-0 to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.
Edmund was then out-classed by world No 38 Steve Johnson in straight sets. And although James Ward took the first set off No 31 seed Fernando Verdasco, the Spaniard came back to win 2-6 6-0 7-6 6-3.
Watson had come into the first Grand Slam of the season in great form after winning the Hobart International in Tasmania on Saturday. But the Channel Islander reported she woke up yesterday feeling ill and called the doctor when trailing 5-2 in the first set against the Bulgarian.
But the world No 38, who suffered from glandular fever in 2013, insisted it was not a recurrence of that illness.
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"Yesterday I just kind of woke up not feeling that great," she said. "Just kind of bloated and weak and not that good and I feel like that today as well. I just struggled on the court to have energy and against any player here you can”t be like that. It”s tough enough when you~re fit let alone when you”re not.
"But I don”t think it”s glandular fever again. I think it”s just one of those things, one of those days. It”s unfortunate that it~s come today but I didn”t cope well with it today. Pironkova took advantage.
"I just think it”s to do with my body and how it works but I”ll find out about that and go and see the doctor.
"It”s really frustrating especially at the one time I really do want all my energy, want to be 100 per cent. But it happens and you”re de alt different cards on different days and I should have de alt with it better."
ActionLost out: Kyle Edmund was defeated in straight sets
Edmund, who came through qualifying to play in his first Grand Slam main draw outside Wimbledon, went down 6-4 6-4 6-3 against the big-serving American.
"I really struggled to get on his serve today, especially towards the end of the second set and in the third," said the 20-year-old.
There wasn”t a lot of rhythm going on due to the fact that he was serving really well.
"I wouldn”t say I”ve faced many serves like that, of that quality.
I”m still young and I”m still learning about facing those types of serve. It is something I will have to go away and work on to get better."
Ward got off fast and also went a break up in the third set before succumbing to the big-hitting left-hander. "It just came down to a couple of points," said the British No 2. "He hit 54 winners – he hits a big ball. He produced at the big moments – well done to him."
The Londoner will now return straight home after learning of the death of his grandmother five days ago. "I was close to her – it is tough," he said. "She was ill a while. I can”t blame this defeat on that."
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