British tennis players must try harder, says LTA
Only two British players made it in to round two of Wimbledon as eight fell at the first hurdle
In a repeat of 2007 and 2009, the British contingent has been whittled down to just two players - Andy Murray and Laura Robson - after the first round of Wimbledon.
Murray had no problems on Monday, defeating the world number 95, Benjamin Becker in straight sets - 6-4 6-3 6-2 - much to the delight of the fans on Centre Court.
He now faces Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round, who in round one faced British interest, James Ward, in a thrilling four setter. Lu eventually came through that battle 6-7 6-4 7-6 7-6.
The only other Britain in the men's competition was the young Kyle Edmund, who was easily dispatched by Jerzy Janowicz - the Polish No.24 seed - in straight sets.
Referring to primarily the British men, Simon Jones from the LTA told the Telegraph: “We’ve got to pull a few different levers to try to get the environment such that they’re going to work harder and put more effort in, because it’s not us that’s playing out there.
“The message is we’ve got work to do and they’ve got to work harder.”
In the women's competition, Laura Robson's victory was the big story of day two, beating tenth seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4 to book herself a place in the next round, and in turn, making sure Murray was not the only Brit left at Wimbledon.
The 19-year-old was not given a huge chance on Tuesday, but after wins over Na Li and Petra Kvitova in recent tournaments - both World Number eight at the time - fans were quietly confident that she could complete another unlikely victory, especially on home soil.
It was lucky that she did, as no less than six other British women were beaten at the first stage. Heather Watson, Sam Watson, Anne Keothavong, and Elena Baltacha, were all beaten in straight sets by non-seeded players, while 20-year-old Tara Moore put up a brave fight, eventually losing 5-7 7-5 5-7 to Kaia Kanepi.
Finally, Johanna Konte was sent packing by 16th seed Jelena Jankovic, meaning no less than eight Britons crashed out after just two days.
However, nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova gave British hopes a boost stating: “If you took 10 players her [Robson's] age that could win a Grand Slam, she would definitely be one of them.”
Home fans will be hoping that she can go all the way this year, and she continues that challenge in round two against 23-year-old Mariana Duque-Morino, ranked 117 in the world - 18 places below Robson.
Murray's tie against Yen-Hsun Lu will take place second on Court One at around 1500GMT on Wednesday afternoon.
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