World No. 1768 Edward Winter keen on ‘getting stronger’ after shock Gilles Simon win

Edward Winter, 17, admitted Jesper de Jong played a good match, while he didn’t have his best day on the court. 

Winter, ranked at No. 1768 in the world, had his Australian Open qualifying campaign finish in the second round.

De Jong, ranked at No. 207 in the world, saw off Winter 6-1 6-2 to progress into the Australian Open qualifying final round. 

De Jong made a convincing start to the match as he broke Winter twice to comfortably win the opener.

De Jong also broke Winter twice in the second set to book a comfortable straight-set win. 

“Jesper played a really good match. I felt like my serve struggled out there but full credit to him as he won all the key points,” Winter reflected, per Tennis Australia. 

“I feel like the match was a bit closer than what the scoreline was. Some of those 30 all and deuce points that I was winning in the first match, I wasn’t getting that done in this match.”

Winter absolutely stunned Gilles Simon

Winter made one of the biggest surprises of the season when he stunned former world No. 6 Gilles Simon 6-3 1-6 6-3 in his qualifying opener. 

“That Gilles match was definitely a step up from juniors, as was today. I need to keep working on getting stronger so I can last with these guys.,” Winter said. 

Meanwhile, Matthew Ebden beat Dominic Stricker 7-6 (2) 6-2 to set up a clash against Norbert Gombos in the qualifying final round. 

“Even though I won on Tuesday, I wasn’t very happy with how I was striking the ball,” Ebden said after beating Stricker.

“I went straight back out on the practice court and worked on a few things with my team. It feels like that came together well today.

“It’s nice to be playing well at the start of the year and I’m feeling really fresh.”