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June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
Out-of-form James Ward and recovering-from-injury Brydan Klein are hardly the likeliest of pairs to secure victories in the first qualifying round of the second Grand Slam of the year, especially given neither player is hugely competent on clay. Unfortunately, neither player could upset the odds as both went down in straight sets earlier today.
British interest in Roland Garros qualifying ends as Brydan Klein loses to Sergiy Stakhovsky. To be fair, we do have seven main draw players
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) May 17, 2016
The pair were on back-to-back earlier this morning, with Ward kicking things off against Italian Matteo Donati. Donati, who is ranked almost 100 places behind the Brit, was able to secure a 6-4 6-3 victory without much trouble, leaving Ward with a 8-12 win-loss record this year and a third straight defeat.
Afterwards, Brydan Klein, who hasn’t played a competitive match for three months, played 10th seed Sergiy Stakhovsky, and to give credit to the Brit, he put up an excellent fight against a player ranked over 100 places ahead of him. The Brit went down 6-3 6-3 to compound his losing streak to six matches; the Brit has yet to win this year, having last won a match back in November at a $50k Challenger in Japan.
Each player’s rough form has seen them slip down the rankings at a rate of knots this year so far: Ward began the year ranked #157 and is currently down to #171, although was ranked as highly as #93 in July last year after a third round appearance at Wimbledon. Klein was ranked #184 at the start of the year but is now down at #229, having been ranked #169 as recently as September. Both players need to start winning in order to preserve their positions as regular Challenger tour competitors.
About Mark Gregory
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.