Australian Open - Robson and Ward qualify
British duo Laura Robson and James Ward have both qualified for the Australian Open after winning their final qualification matches.
Robson made it into the main draw with a 6-1 7-6 (2) victory over Ukraine's Olga Savchuk while Ward defeated Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-6 (5) 6-2 to confirm his spot.
For Robson it will be a first appearance at the Australian Open which takes place in Melbourne – the city of her birth - but she has a tough task against former world number one Jelena Jankovic in the first round.
She admitted though she was delighted to make it after recovering from a small stress fracture in her left shin in November.
"When I first had the injury, I didn't know if I would be able to play here. To qualify is really great. I came in with no expectations. I was only playing points in practice for five days before my first match. I am happy with the way I am playing. Hopefully I can go on," she said.
"My main goal is to play in the Olympics so I need to get into the top 70," said the current world number 133.
"But hopefully I can get into the top 100 at this tournament."
For Ward it will be the first time he has played in a Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon where he received wild cards in 2009 and 2011. He will play Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia in the main draw.