Murray alone as Brits make early exits

January 20, 2015 08:00:38 UK

Heather Watson struggled with illness as she bowed out in Melbourne.

Andy Murray is the only British survivor in the singles draws at the Australian Open after Heather Watson, James Ward and Kyle Edmund all lost in round one.

Watson, who had gone into the first Grand Slam of the year in good heart after clinching her second WTA Tour title, was visibly struggling with illness during her 6-4 6-0 defeat by Tsvetana Pironkova and needed to call the trainer for help.

Looking back on it, it’s still been a good week.

Kyle Edmund

However, she was unable to pull through and was left frustrated that her health had let her down at a crucial time, telling reporters: “I just struggled on the court to have energy.

“It’s really frustrating, especially at the one time I really do want all my energy and to be 100 per cent.

“But it happens and you’re dealt with different cards on different days and I should have dealt with it better. It’s a real shame and it sucks.”

Meanwhile, Ward was beaten 2-6 6-0 7-6 6-3 by experienced Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco and qualifier Edmund lost out 6-4 6-4 6-3 to American Steve Johnson, who is ranked more than 150 places higher than the Brit.

However, Edmund refused to be too downcast, having won three matches to make the main draw, adding: “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.”

With Murray the only survivor, he is 9.00 to win the Australian Open title, while Roger Federer can be backed at 6.50 and reigning champion Stan Wawrinka is 15.00.

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