Join Team GB

Tough initiation for teenager Edmund at Wimbledon

June 24, 2013 15:57 pm

British teenage tennis hopeful Kyle Edmund insisted he learned a valuable lesson from a Wimbledon debut that lasted just 87 minutes.

Edmund, 18, is increasingly viewed as having the long-term potential to follow the lead of world number two Andy Murray.

But the wildcard entry, who recently beat the world number 51 at Queen's Club and also impressed last week at Eastbourne, was quickly beaten 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 by 14th seed Jerzy Janowicz.

However, the youngest player in the men's singles draw was determined to accentuate the positives of his performance.

"I played okay but at this level I need to play better than that to win. He was a tough player to draw in the first round," admitted Edmund, who is ranked 442nd in the world.

"It was a difficult day and I'm really disappointed but I can't lose sight of the long-term goal and I feel like I've improved so much in the last few weeks.

"The scoreline shows I got beat pretty comfortably but I served pretty well and, of course, there are areas that I need to improve on, there would be something pretty wrong if that wasn't the case.

"However, to be playing my first Wimbledon at 18 was a still a great feeling and I will never forget it.

"There is still lots of tennis for me here, I'm in the doubles and I'm also playing in the juniors."

Elsewhere, Italy's Camila Giorgi put an end to Samantha Murray's hopes beating the British number seven 6-3, 6-4 in double quick time.

And British number three Johanna Konta was also brushed aside by former world number one Jelena Jankovic.

Jankovic, a two-time semi-finalist at the All England Club, won the first set with ease but was made to fight for the second before claiming a decisive late break to win 6-2, 7-5.

Earlier, London 2012 Olympian Elena Baltacha was beaten 6-4, 6-1 in the first round by former top ten player Flavia Pennetta, who is also coming back from a long-term injury.

© Sportsbeat 2013