Wimbledon: James Ward loses first-round match to miss out on Andy Murray clash
Last Updated: 24/06/13 9:23pm
James Ward: Contested a number of calls on his way to defeat
James Ward was denied a Centre Court clash with Andy Murray after losing an ill-tempered first-round clash with Lu Yen-Hsun 6-7 6-4 7-6 7-6.
The British No 2 was left furious by a number of calls by the umpire and line officials and with no Hawk-eye on Court 12, he was unable to challenge the decisions.
His frustration led to him booting a ball out of the court before labelling one call "ridiculous" and sarcastically applauding.
The 26-year-old had made the perfect start - breaking his opponent at the first opportunity - but the Londoner struggled with his own serve and Lu capitalised to break back and force the tie-break.
Ward recovered to take the tie-break with a backhand smash at the net, but he was then broken in the seventh game of the second as he started to lose his cool.
Lu held on to take the set before a series of missed opportunities for both players forced another tie-break and although Ward secured an early mini-break, he could not push home his advantage and Lu - who wasted four chances of his own - eventually took it 13-11.
His failure to convert break points again haunted Ward at the start of the fourth - cramp forcing him to pull up as he chased a forehand - and although he saved three break points in game nine, he was the victim of another dubious call in the 10th, which he took up with the umpire.
He then sarcastically applauded another questionable call in the final tie-break, which slipped through his fingers after he netted a sliced backhand.