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Ken beaten - but impressed by Arthur.

Byline: JACK LACEY-HATTON

KEN SKUPSKI revealed he was impressed with fellow Brit Arthur Fery after a mixed doubles first round exit at Wimbledon.

He and partner Jessica Pegula from the United States, initially struggled against the all-British pairing of 18-year-old Fery and Tara Moore.

Skupsi's serve was immediately broken in the first game of the match, and the pairing struggled as their opponents stormed the first set, 6-1.

They did show fight to battle their way back in the match, winning the second set 5-7. The Liverpudlian and his partner then managed to break in the decider but failed to convert the advantage.

Fery and Moore eventually won 6-1, 5-7, 7-5.

After the match Skupski said: "I enjoyed it, you don't get to play mixed doubles very often so it was nice experience.

"We got off to a slow start and the opponents came out hot.

"I didn't know much about Arthur Fery to be honest, with you. He is half my age! He is new onto the scene, so I was not sure how he would play.

"But I was very impressed, he dominated the match at the start and made things difficult for us.

"I think once we got to grips with him at the start of the second set, we were fine, we started to take control of the points. It was just unfortunate we did not take the big chances at the end of the third set.

"I was pleased we were calm enough to get back in the match after that first set. One bad set of tennis does not make a match, and I always try to remember that.

"I love playing at Wimbledon, and it is an opportunity I never take for granted.

"This game was a little bit like yesterday. You could get injured tomorrow and it's the last time you play.

"So, I think you must play with a smile on your face and appreciate where you are.

"The last two days have not gone the way I could hope. I will see where things are at over the next few weeks, but I would love to play here again next year."

Ken's brother and men's doubles partner Neal is still in the mixed. He and partner Desirae Krawczyk (USA) beat Brit Luke Bambridge and Asia Muhammad (USA) 6-3 7-6 (9-7) in their second-round tie.

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Author:JACK LACEY-HATTON
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2021
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