US Open 2013: James Ward & Elena Baltacha win in qualifying

James Ward

Great Britain pair James Ward and Elena Baltacha are through to the second round of US Open qualifying.

Ward beat Frenchman Jonathan Eysseric 6-3 6-1, while Baltacha needed three sets to defeat American Melanie Oudin 6-1 3-6 6-2.

Both are two more victories away from a place in the main draw of the final Grand Slam of the year in New York.

However, Johanna Konta is out after a 7-5 6-4 defeat by Australia's Olivia Rogowska.

Konta, the world number 112, was seeded eighth for the qualifying tournament but went down to a player ranked 40 places below her.

Ukrainian Olga Savchuk awaits Baltacha, who at 244 in the world is the sixth-highest British woman.

Ward, the 26-year-old British number two, next meets Matthias Bachinger of Germany.

Dan Evans, Tara Moore and Samantha Murray are also bidding to join defending champion Andy Murray, Laura Robson and Heather Watson in the tournament proper.

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