Qualifying agony for Brit duo
Elena Baltacha and James Ward both suffered tough three-set defeats in the final round of qualifying at the US Open.
Baltacha served for the match in the second set against Portugal's Michelle Larcher De Brito before going down 4-6 7-5 6-1 while Ward was a break up in the decider but lost 6-3 3-6 6-4 to India's Somdev Devvarman.
It was particularly unfortunate for Baltacha, who has now lost three times in the final round of qualifying at the US Open.
She missed the tournament last year to undergo foot surgery and has dropped to 244th in the rankings but had been impressive in her first two matches here.
The 30-year-old continued that form and fought back from 3-0 down in the second set, winning five games in a row.
But serving for the set at 5-4 she faltered and did not win another game until she was 4-0 down in the decider, although all the games were close.
British number two Ward, ranked 175, had never won a match at Flushing Meadows prior to this year and will feel he really should have reached the main draw.
Devvarman played Andy Murray in the first round in New York two years ago and has been a top-100 player but is working his way back up after missing most of last year through injury.
Ward was a picture of frustration as he went a break down in the second set against the ultra consistent Devvarman, but he continued to take the attack to his opponent and gained his reward.
The 26-year-old Londoner won six games in a row to lead 2-0 in the third, but Devvarman pegged him back to 3-3 and then took his first match point.
Dan Evans, who did not finish his second-round match until nearly 1am on Friday morning, was scheduled last on as he attempts to qualify for a grand slam main draw for the first time.