ATP Claro Open: British No 3 James Ward advances as opponent Matthew Ebden retires
Last Updated: 16/07/14 9:12pm
James Ward of Great Britain is into the second round of the Claro Open in Colombia
James Ward advanced to the second round of the Claro Open in Colombia after opponent Matthew Ebden retired when already a set down.
The British No 3 was already a set up on seventh-seeded Ebden and well in control of the second when the Australian opted to quit when 4-6 and 0-3 behind.
Ward will now face Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang in the last 16 after he came through a tough three-setter to beat Poland’s Michal Przysiezny 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-3.
In other first round action Canada’s Peter Polansky beat home player Nicolas Barrientos 3-6 6-4 6-3, while eighth-seeded Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic overcame Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5 6-3.
Third seed Vasek Pospisil became the first man to book his spot in the third round as he saw off Alex Kuznetsov of the United States in straight sets, triumphing 7-5 7-5.