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Ward, Evans are on the march in Oz but Klein beaten

By Staff Reporter

Dan Evans and James Ward eased through the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open yesterday, but fellow Briton Brydan Klein crashed out in the searing Melbourne heat.

Evans knocked out top qualifying seed and World No.104 Luca Vanni with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 triumph and will face Israel's Amir Weintraub in round two.

Vanni recovered from a break down before losing the opening set on the tie-break, with Evans then breaking him at 4-4 in the second set and serving out to win.

Ward, meanwhile, sent down 16 aces on his way to beating Peter Polansky.

Ward, 28, required treatment for a lower back problem towards the end of the opening set but battled on and broke the Polansky serve in game seven of the second en route to a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 victory.

The World No.156, a Londoner, will now face the United States' Dennis Novikov in the second round.

Klein could not make it a clean sweep of British wins, though, as he went down 7-5 6-2 to Peter Gojowczyk.

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