Ward left to fly the flag

  • Last Updated: August 21 2014, 14:01 BST

James Ward is the last Briton left in the US Open qualifying draw after Dan Evans and Daniel Smethurst both bowed out.

James Ward: Through to the second qualifying round of the US Open
James Ward: Through to the second qualifying round of the US Open

Ward was barely troubled as he advanced to the second round with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Aldin Setkin, setting up a clash with Vincent Millot on Thursday.

However, Evans and Smethurst endured disappointing days as they followed Dan Cox and Naomi Broady in missing out.

Evans, who reached the third round of the main draw last year, failed to take a golden chance against Jimmy Wang before losing 4-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-2.

Evans had a match point, while Wang was struggling badly with cramps towards the end, but the American dug in to clinch the win.

As a result, the British number three will slip out of the world's top 250 following the US Open, which starts on Monday.

Smethurst’s New York adventure lasted just 50 minutes as he lost 6-1 6-2 to Konstantin Kravchuk.