French Open - Baker through in qualifying

Tue, 22 May 23:45:00 2012

Jamie Baker kept alive his hopes of joining Andy Murray in the French Open main draw, but James Ward and Josh Goodall both lost in qualifying.

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Baker, the world number 206, neat Germany's Peter Torebko 6-4 7-6 as he bids to qualify for Roland Garros for the first time.

He faces Daniel Munoz de la Nava of Spain in the second round.

However, there was disappointment for British number two Ward, who lost on the first day of qualifying, going down in three sets to Denis Kudla, the Ukraine-born American, 6-2 4-6 6-3.

Goodall squandered the advantage against Japanese prospect Hiroki Moriya winning the first set on a tie break but losing the match 6-7 7- 7-5.

Among the qualifying seeds safely through were Germany's Tommy Haas, a straight-sets winner over Guido Pella, and Horacio Zeballos who saw off the challenge of local player Stephane Robert.

Top-seed Marinko Matosevic dropped just two games in his encounter with Mathieu Rodrigues, while Eduardo Schwank of Argentina and Germany's Michael Berrer were among the better-known players to progress to day two.

Wednesday sees the start of the women's qualifying competition, with Britain's Heather Watson and Laura Robson among those in action.


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  1. Good news, we could do with a bit more from British­ players!

    From M, on Wed 23 May 13:10
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