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19 - 27 May 2018

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Loughborough Trophy: Ward reaches quarter-finals

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  • 23/05/2018

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Any memories of an injured James Ward are fast disappearing after the Londoner methodically dismantled American third seed Christian Harrison at the Loughborough Trophy on Wednesday.

Looking fit and confident following knee surgery last year, Ward’s serve was a powerful weapon against the American - clocking a top speed of 197km per/hour on his way to a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory. Following his performance, he said: “I felt like I was playing well. I was motivated and moving well, I’m just pleased to be in the next round.”

Ward is the first Briton through to the quarter-final of the ATP Challenger tournament, with Dan Evans’ second round match scheduled to take place on Thursday. “I hope Evo plays well this week, he’s had a tough time and he’s playing well again. So hopefully he gets a win tomorrow and we can keep pushing each other,” Ward commented.
 
The 2015 Davis Cup champion will play the winner of Teymuraz Gabashvili and Emil Ruusuvuori's final-16 match on Friday.
 
Other singles results saw Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki upset top seed and inaugural Glasgow Trophy champion Lukas Lacko 6-3, 62. Lacko, 30, has been ranked as high as world No.44, while 20-year-old Watanuki currently sits at a career-high ranking of world No.283, but the Japanese youngster far outplayed his ranking on Centre Court.


 
In doubles, Nottingham’s Luke Bambridge and Scotland’s Jonny O’Mara dominated Aussie duo Max Purcell and Dayne Kelly with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-0 victory, sealed in just 45 minutes.

“That was a lot of fun out there. I think last time we played together was three weeks ago, and we went straight back to work with what we've been doing,” Bambridge commented afterwards. 

The pair will now face off in an all-British clash against wild cards Scott Duncan and Isaac Stoute for a place in the quarter-finals.
  
In other British doubles results, Britain's Joe Salisbury and his Danish partner Frederik Nielsen secured second round berths with a 6-1, 6-1 win over British duo Scott Clayton and Luke Johnson.

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