Australian Open: Dan Evans progresses but James Ward and Dan Cox miss out

Last Updated: 08/01/14 7:09am

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Daniel Evans: Reached the second round of the qualifying at the Australian Open

Daniel Evans: Reached the second round of the qualifying at the Australian Open

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There was mixed news for Britain's men at the Australian Open qualifying event in Melbourne.

British No 2 Dan Evans secured his place in the second round of qualifying, however James Ward suffered a disappointing loss.

Evans, who reached the third round of the US Open back in August after impressive wins over Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic, was simply too strong for Liang-Chi Huang.

The 23-year-old, who has been seed 26th for qualifying, wasted little time in rattling off a 6-1 6-2 victory.

Evans, whose only previous appearance at the Australian Open saw him knocked out in the second qualifying round in 2010, will now face Marton Fucsovics after the world 182 also registered a 6-1 6-2 win against Benjamin Balleret.

Ward failed to follow Evans into the second round, though, after he was beaten by world No 213 Andrea Arnaboldi.

Ward, ranked 67 places higher, would have fancied his chances going into the match against the Italian however he was edged out 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.

Dan Cox, Britain's No 4, also fell at the first hurdle as he lost 6-4 6-1 to fourth-seeded Denis Kudia.

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