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Ward on the brink of main draw

Great Britain's James Ward is one match away from a first main-draw appearance at the French Open.

The British number two, who returned to the top 100 on Monday after winning a title in Prague, saw her match against America's Irina Falconi cancelled because of rain on Wednesday.

But she did make it onto court on Thursday and triumphed 6-2 6-4 against the player she beat in the final round of qualifying at the Australian Open in January, fighting back from 4-2 down in the second set.

Heather Watson now faces having to win two matches on Friday if she is to qualify at Roland Garros for the third time.

Ward had fallen in the opening round of qualifying on each of his three previous visits but reached the final round on Thursday with an impressive 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4) victory over Ryan Harrison.

The American had beaten Ward in Paris three years ago but the Londoner, ranked 169th, got his revenge to once again show his potential on clay.

Ward defeated Harrison's fellow American Sam Querrey on the surface in Davis Cup in February to help Great Britain to a notable win in San Diego.

In his final qualifier on Friday, Ward will play Slovenian fourth seed Blaz Rola, the world number 94.

British number three Johanna Konta is through to the final round of qualifying in the women's tournament after a 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory over Poland's Paula Kania.

A medical time-out for treatment to her back during the deciding set appeared to revitalise Konta and she went on to win the final three games.

The world number 102, who qualified for the US Open in 2012, will face Ukraine's Yuliya Beygelzimer for a place in the main draw.

Konta has already achieved her best result at Roland Garros after losing in the second qualifying round on her debut last year.