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Evans breezes through

Dan Evans breezed through his opening qualifying match at the Australian Open on Wednesday but two of his fellow Brits bowed out.

The British number two proved way too good for Chinese Taipei's Liang-Chi Huang, winning 6-1 6-2 in just 61 minutes.

Evans made a name for himself last year when he helped Britain to a shock win over Russia in the Davis Cup and then qualified for the US Open where he made the third round by beating world stars Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic.

He will be looking to make a similar impact in Melbourne where he will next face Hungary's former Junior Wimbledon champion Marton Fucsovics, another player ranked below him.

Evans told the BBC: "I'm pretty confident I'll come through but quite a lot can happen through the next two matches.

"I had a good pre-season so I feel as good as anyone in the tournament, I'm sure.''

While things went swimmingly for Evans, the same could not be said for James Ward and Dan Cox, both of whom fell at the first hurdle.

Ward will be the most disappointed as he lost to a player ranked well below him, going down 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 to Italy's Andrea Arnaboldi.

Cox was beaten 6-4 6-1 to Denis Kudla - hardly a surprise result given his American foe had only just missed out on a place in the main draw as of right.

Women's qualifying begins on Thursday with three Britons also in that field.

British number two Johanna Konta is seeded third after only just missing out on a spot in the main draw. She opens against American Grace Min.

Heather Watson, on her way back after having her 2013 season ruined by glandular fever, is the seventh seed and she starts against local wild card entrant Arina Rodionova.

Tara Moore is the other British competitor having scraped into the draw due to a late withdrawal. She plays Japan's Erika Sema, a player ranked just 31 places higher.

Players need to win three matches in order to qualify for the main draw, which gets under way on Monday.