British hopes at Wimbledon qualifying came to an end in the second round on a busy day of action on Wednesday.
After an opening round win against Gonzalo Lama, Glasgow’s Aidan McHugh faced a tricky task in the form of former top 20 star Andreas Seppi, who has previously reached the fourth round at the All England Club.
Despite his best efforts, McHugh, who is on the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme – the highest level of support for players aged 16-24 – was beaten 6-4 6-2 by the Italian.
McHugh said: “I thought he played pretty well. I had some good chances that I didn’t take. I didn’t play my best and I was still pretty close. I gave myself some chances in the first set and it’s a bit disappointing that I didn’t take the opportunities when I had them.
“It’s positive though that I didn’t feel I was playing my best tennis and still gave myself an alright shot, especially in the first.”
Fresh from one of the biggest wins of his career over Thomas Fabbiano in round one, Arthur Fery faced a tough match against big-hitting Nicolas Moreno de Alboran.
And despite a valiant effort, the 19-year-old was beaten 7-6 (2) 7-6 (3) by his American opponent as his campaign came to an end.
Fery commented: “I’m playing against a guy who’s young but already with a lot more experience than me. He stayed very calm, especially in the second set where he was serving for it and got broken.
“He got broken back but stayed very calm and composed, and played the tiebreaks well, so that’s what it comes down to. A point here, a point there - it’s just small margins.”
Sarah Beth Grey - who had upset 27th seed Olivia Gadecki in the opening round on Tuesday - was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Lulu Sun on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite defeat, Grey was encouraged by her level over the past few days with a Wimbledon wildcard in the doubles - alongside fellow Brit Lily Miyazaki - waiting next week.
Grey said: “Overall I’m really proud of my efforts. I haven’t played much at all this year, so to comeback and be able to have the opportunity to play here, and have the match that I had [against Gadecki] and lucky enough to have the match I had today, that’s a big bonus for me right now.”
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