Tennis: Ward-Hibbert shows his potential on a gruelling day at Graves

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TEENAGER Josh Ward-Hibbert showed he’s ready for the step up from the junior ranks to the senior circuit with an excellent win yesterday at the Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament at Sheffield’s Graves Tennis Centre.

“I had a good training block in November and December at SOTO Academy in Spain, and I’m now fully focused on the pro game having moved out of juniors last year.”

With seven matches going to a third set, spectators were treated to a bumper day of tennis.

Alex Ward recovered from losing the first set to qualifier George Coupland before progressing whilst Lewis Burton lost to Slovakian Adrian Sikora by the tightest of margins.

The 20-year-old Londoner held a match point at 7-6 in the second set tie-break, before losing the tie-break 10-8, and finally succumbed after another tie-break after nearly three hours.

The top two seeds Josh Goodall and Boy Westerhof were both first round casualties.

Last week’s Preston winner continued in good form beating Dutchman Westerhof 76(8) 63, whilst world ranked 1,231 Tom Farquharson beat world No 258 and top seed Goodall 7-6(5) 7-6(3).

Play starts at 10am today. Entry is free for spectators.

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