Monday, 22/1/2018 | 12:13 UTC+0

Glasspool Makes MD; Ward Wins R1 Match in Thailand

Lloyd Glasspool battled through a tough qualifying draw to reach the main draw of the ATP Challenger $50k + H in Bangkok, Thailand earlier today, while Alexander Ward secured a first round victory to continue his decent form on the hard courts. Liam Broady is also in the main draw, while James Marsalek and Ed Corrie both failed to qualify.

Both Glasspol [1] and Corrie [5] were seeded in the qualifying draw and were handed byes through to the second round of qualifying. Marsalek was drawn against Japanese Toshihide Matsui and fell 1-6 6-3 6-2. Corrie then slipped up in the second round, falling 7-6(6) 6-4 to Thai Pruchya Isarow, who was clearly riding on the support of the home crowd, being ranked over 400 places behind the Brit. Glasspool, however, overcame a set-to-love deficit against Jose Statham of New Zealand to reach the final qualifying round with a 5-7 6-3 6-4 victory.

Glasspool then faced Corrie’s conqueror Isarow, and the recent University of Texas graduate made light work of the lowly-ranked Thai youngster, securing a simply 6-3 6-0 victory to book a spot against Aussie Andrew Whittington in the main draw.

Later in the day, Alexander Ward secured a superb 6-2 3-6 6-1 victory over third seed Yuichi Sugita of Japan. The victory over the world #109 is Ward’s best result of the year, and will see him hit another career high after reaching #283 at the start of this week. Ward plays volatile Swiss player Adrien Bossel in the second round. Meanwhile, Liam Broady faces horrendously out-of-form Aussie Sam Groth. The Australian is the top seed here and is ranked inside the top 100, but has won just four matches out of 18 all year and retired in his last match in the Seoul quarter-finals last week.


25-year-old University of St Andrews graduate with a rather insane passion for British Tennis. Boston United fan (don't ask). Favourite tennis player: the Brummie bunch - Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool.


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