Defeats for Evans and Ward

  • Last Updated: June 10 2014, 18:57 BST

British duo Dan Evans and James Ward both suffered straight-sets defeats at the Queen's Club Aegon Championships.

Dan Evans: Knocked out at Queen's Club
Dan Evans: Knocked out at Queen's Club

Ward, the British number three, saw off Slovenian Blaz Rola on Monday, but was unable to produce what would have been a big upset against number four seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Compatriot Evans crashed out in straight sets to seventh-seed Kevin Anderson in the first match on centre court and Ward was unable to fare any better.

Ward was brushed aside 7-5 6-3 by the world number 13, unable to make light of his 142-place shortfall in the ATP tour rankings.

Earlier, Evans admitted he failed to combat Anderson's powerful serve in his second-round defeat.

The 24-year-old had shrugged off nagging knee trouble to edge past Jurgen Melzer in a first-round upset on Monday, but could find no repeat against the seventh seed..

The 6ft 8in South African prevailed 6-2 6-3 mixing power and guile in his service game, with Evans conceding he had scant opportunity to find his rhythm.

"He restricted my opportunities, and the ones I did have I didn't take," said Evans.

"He was banging that serve down from a tree.

"It was just an annoying match, I didn't really get the chance to play any tennis really; it couldn't have been a good one to watch.

"It's neither here nor there what happened today, in the second week on grass, and because of that serve.

"Next week is a bigger deal really, a smaller draw and more points on offer.

"It's been a good two weeks, to develop on the grass, not so good from results but it's good overall really."

In first round action at the warm-up event for Wimbledon, 12th seed Dimitry Tursonov of Russia recorded a 6-3 6-4 victory over Igor Sijsling, while 11th seed Canadian Vasek Pospisil knocked out Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3 3-6 6-3.

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, the 10th seed, also progressed, beating Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-7(7/3) 6-1.