Australian Open 2015: Brits Watson, Ward and Edmund suffer defeats

Britain suffers a disappointing day two at the Australian Open as Heather Watson, James Ward and Kyle Edmund all lose

British trio Heather Watson, James Ward and Kyle Edmund all lost in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

British No1 Watson, who won her second WTA title in Hobart last week, struggled with illness in a 6-4 6-0 defeat by Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova.

“It’s really frustrating,” said Watson. “I woke up this morning in sweats. I don’t always feel good every day but not this bad. It usually lasts literally one or two days.”

Ward, meanwhile, lost 2-6 6-0 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, as Edmund fell to a 6-4 6-4 6-3 defeat by American Steve Johnson.

“It’s come down to one or two points,” said Ward, 27. “It was tough but I thought I played well.

“Of course if I’d held two more times in the third I’ve won the set but it was tough conditions out there, very windy. We both played well. Even in the tie-break I gave myself a chance.”

The 20-year-old Edmund was remaining upbeat despite his first-round exit.

“There wasn’t a lot of rhythm due to the fact that he was serving really well,” said Edmund. “It’s just something I have to take away, work on and use as a stepping stone to get better.

“To qualify, win three matches and play my first round is a good experience. Looking back on it, it’s still been a good week.”

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