World No50 Kyle Edmund revelled in his maiden Wimbledon victory after overcoming fellow countryman Alex Ward in the battle of Britain on court three.
On a day when four Britons bowed out of the tournament, Edmund prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 against world No869 Ward to reach the second round for the first time – this being his fifth attempt.
As well as Alex Ward, grand slam debutant Katie Boulter, James Ward and Brydan Klein all lost, leaving Sir Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson as the remaining British representatives at the SW19 championships.
“Because you’re British, it’s the one tournament you want to do well in more than any other,” said Edmund. “More from your heart. To actually say that I’ve won one [a match] now is nice in terms of a professional tennis point of view.
“It’s important not to get so high from the win, but it’s definitely nice to do it. I’ve had enough losses.”
Yorkshireman Edmund will now play French 15th seed Gael Monfils, who beat Daniel Brands of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in round two, while Alex Ward is set to see his ranking improve by around 300 places.
World No238 Boulter, meanwhile, claimed the first set against experienced world No60 Christina McHale of America but was pegged back before finally succumbing 3-6, 7-5. 6-3 on court 12.
“I’m completely devastated in this one moment,” she said. “But I’m sure in the next couple of days I will reflect on it a little bit more.”
Wild card James Ward’s hopes of reprising his 2015 championships, when he progressed to the third round, were emphatically extinguished by 2006 semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis, who triumphed 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
The 30-year-old Londoner, who was No89 in the world in 2015, has seen his ranking tumble following a lengthy injury absence. He said: “There were times I never knew if I was going to play tennis again.”
World No232 Klein suffered a similar fate against Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, losing 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-0.