Ward Wins US Open Qualifier

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Britain’s James Ward sailed through to the second round of of the US Open qualifiers with a 6-2 6-2 win over Aldin Setkic of Bosnia.

The Londoner is the only remaining Brit in the qualifying stages with the five other entrants all falling at the first hurdle. Ward’s next match will be on Thursday when he faces France’s Vincent Millot.

James Ward is performing at his highest level since turning pro ten years ago and is ranked 131 in the world. If he makes it through the qualifying round, this will be the 27-year-old’s first appearance in the main US Open draw.

Fellow Brit Dan Evans, 24, qualified for the main draw at the US Open last year, but was unable to repeat his success yesterday, losing in three sets to Jimmy Wang (4-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-2). He came close to winning with a match point in the second set, but Wang made an impressive comeback eventually knocking the Brit out of the competition.

Evans, who is currently ranked 176 in the world, will now fall outside the world’s top 250 players.

Dan Smethurst, another of the Brits who took part in the US Open qualifiers, failed to make an impact losing 6-1 6-2 to Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuck in the first round.

About James Ward’s Next Opponent: Vincent Millot

Ward’s next opponent, Vincent Millot, is a 28-year-old Frenchman who is currently ranked 164 in the world. The pair have only played one another on one occasion previously where Ward won by default as Millot was forced to retire.

It will no doubt be a close match but Ward’s recent performances give him the edge over the Frenchman. Check out the odds, now.