Wimbledon 2014: James Ward given mauling in first round

The Brit won just five games against Mikhail Youzhny

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James Ward's Wimbledon adventure was cut short by merciless Russian 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny.

On day one of the championships, Youzhny triumphed in straight sets against the British wild-card entry on Court Three.

Youzhny routed world number 154 Ward 6-2 6-2 6-1 in the first round, condemning the 27-year-old Londoner to a comprehensive defeat.

Ward was the second Briton to bow out, after Johanna Konta had earlier lost 6-4 3-6 6-4 to China's Shuai Peng.

Prior to Wimbledon, Ward was dumped out of Queen's Club action by eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov, before suffering a frustrating loss to American Donald Young at Eastbourne.

Taking on world number 16 Youzhny proved a bridge too far for the British number three, who was unable to assert any pressure on the 31-year-old's serve.