Bogdanovic, Ward closer to Aussie open
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:00
Bogdanovic, 171st in the ATP rankings, beat Austria’s world number 687 Martin Slanar 6-4 6-3 and has two further qualifying rounds to navigate as he bids to reach the main draw.
Ward, 22, had a marginally tougher assignment against Australian Matt Reid but posted a 6-4 6-4 victory.
Having spent time hitting with Rafael Nadal last month, Ward, 261st in the world, ousted the 503rd-ranked Reid to move a step closer to joining the Spanish superstar in the first grand slam of the year.
Ward said: “It wasn’t easy. It was difficult because he was serving very well and he’s a young guy who has had some good results and they obviously think a lot of him here.”
Ireland also had two winners on the first day of qualifying.
Conor Niland beat Finland’s Henri Kontinen 6-4 6-4, and Louk Sorensen knocked out Monaco’s Benjamin Balleret 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.