Ebden wins 6-0, 5-7, 6-0.
Some absolutely woeful tennis on display. Ward had one good spell in the entire match (winning 4 games in a row from 6-0, 5-3 down) but was very lethargic for the rest. Ebden merely solid.
I watched this, and thought it was a rather cruel scoreline. Wardy maybe a bit lucky to win the 2nd set, but also a bit unlucky not to win any games in the other sets. There were lots of long rallies and some break points, but he never seemed to have quite enough to do any damage to Ebden, who seemed pretty confident throughout.
It all seemed very bleak though - apparently there were about 30 people watching, mostly supporting the Aussie. It was cold and windy with noisy construction work going on nearby. I don't really understand how these tournaments are financed, and have to admire some of the contestants for just going through it.