Big Serving Brit Misfires At Ilkley
Joshua Ward-Hibbert, the tall, big serving 19-year-old who defeated reigning champion and top seed Joshua Goodall yesterday afternoon in straight sets, was the master of his own destruction this afternoon as he fell all too easily to seventh seed Tom Farquharson 2-6 3-6 in the AEGON GB Pro-Series, part of Kirby's International Tennis Festival in Ilkley.
Ward-Hibbert, who served imperiously yesterday on course to his shock win over Goodall, stuttered throughout the match today, only winning three of his eight services on course to a straightforward defeat.
It initially looked good for former US Open Boys' Doubles Champion Ward-Hibbert, who broke Farquharson's serve in the very first game, but he was unable to capitalise on this, losing the next four games to go 1-4 down in the blink of an eye.
He was unable to recover and was broken again by Farquharson late in the set, conceding it 2-6 without much ceremony.
Tom Farquharson serves on a sunny day in Yorkshire.
Tom Farquharson serves on a sunny day in Yorkshire.However, again he had a chance to take control in the second set, breaking a frustrated Farquharson in the first game, but again was unable to seize the opportunity and was immediately broken back. The two remained on serve until Ward-Hibbert was again broken at a crucial time, Farquharson needing only a few moments to wrap up the match, serving successfully at 5-3.
Tom Farquharson has risen almost 600 places in the ATP World Rankings so far this year and is on top form, reaching the Futures final in Manchester last week before being defeated by Daniel Cox, whom he may well face again on Saturday. In the meantime, he will be relishing the prospect of a second consecutive semi-final against either fifth seed Marcus Willis or young Jamie O'Mara