Britain's James Ward progresses in US Open qualifying

James Ward
US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York
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Britain's James Ward comfortably progressed to the second round of qualifying for the US Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Bosnia's Aldin Setkic.

Londoner Ward, the only survivor of five Britons in the first round, will next play France's Vincent Millot.

The 27-year-old is at a career-high 131 ranking and will be looking to make his first US Open main draw.

Dan Evans, 24, was unable to repeat last year's feat of qualifying for the main draw after a first-round loss.

Birmingham's Evans squandered a match point in the second set and went on to lose 4-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-2 to Jimmy Wang.

The defeat means Evans, currently 176 in the world, will fall outside the world's top 250.

Lowdown on Ward's next opponent
James Ward will play Vincent Millot on Thursday. The 28-year-old Frenchman is ranked 164 in the world. The pair have faced each other once - qualifying at Lexington - and Ward won when Millot retired hurt.

Twelve months ago Evans made his major breakthrough by qualifying for the main draw, reaching the third round before losing to Spain's Tommy Robredo, but he has been unable to build on that success.

He missed a glorious opportunity to beat world number 132 Wang, who saved match point with an ace and went on to secure victory in two hours and 32 minutes.

Briton Dan Smethurst, 23, ranked 256 in the world, suffered a 6-1 6-2 defeat at Flushing Meadows by Russia's Konstantin Kravchuk.

It means hopes rest on 15th seed Ward, who is scheduled last on Court 13 on Thursday.