The 28-year-old Wildcard was playing in the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time but lost 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 8-6 in three hours and five minutes.
“It’s always special, you know,” said Ward of the support.
“It’s tough to describe, the support, everyone is looking out for you, cheering for you, it’s unbelievable. It definitely helps.”
Reflecting on the loss, Ward continued: “It’s difficult right now. I’ll watch it back in the next few days.
“But it’s tough, as I just said in another interview. A couple of points. 8‑6 in the fifth set. If you can tell me there’s a big difference between both of us, I’d love to know it.”
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