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Re: James Ward « Reply #330 on: September 12, 2014, 06:17 PM »
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After two relatively straight-forward matches in the Istanbul challenger, Wardy today took out the top seed Tobias Kamke in a thrilling match, edging it 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(8) - saving an MP in the 'breaker.

By the sounds of it, the officiating was beyond terrible with neither player ending up trusting the officials. On Ward's second MP it was awarded a double fault from Kamke, only to be over-ruled and replay the whole point (thus giving Kamke his first serve back) before Ward eventually managed to seal it on his third MP. Did very well to keep his head in the circumstances.

Will take on 3rd seed Mannarino in the SFs (Ward is 6th seed). He is provisionally up to #121 but that could change depending on how those ranked behind him fare in the latter stages of the challengers this week (or of course if Wardy can go even further).
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Re: James Ward « Reply #331 on: September 13, 2014, 06:17 PM »
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Wardy lost the semi final, but its been a great week for him
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Re: James Ward « Reply #332 on: September 15, 2014, 11:28 AM »
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Up to career-best WR 121 - Britain's joint sixth-highest ranking in the Open era.
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Re: James Ward « Reply #333 on: September 15, 2014, 12:50 PM »
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blimey what a comment on the state of British tennis in the Open era
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Re: James Ward « Reply #334 on: September 15, 2014, 01:17 PM »
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Yes, but I'm not sure I blame the LTA, although they're not great.

It's been shown over and over that for sustained success you need mass participation. France, Germany and Spain have kids playing competitively in their millions. In the UK, it's the hundreds. We're just not a tennis nation. We're a nation of chavvy couch potatoes and football fans.

Hey, we're not even a sporting nation. Even our football teams are crap. But before you tell me we came third in the medals at London 2012, consider that a) it was our home Games and loads of athletes peaked for London b) we'd just started to reap the benefit of lottery funding for minority sports.
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