British number two James Ward hits career-high ranking

British number two James Ward has broken into the world's top 150 for the first time after victory in Vancouver.

The Londoner, 24, beat American Robby Ginepri 7-5 6-4 to win the VanOpen Challenger event on Sunday and push his ranking up 30 places to number 144.

Ward reached his first ATP semi-final at Queen's Club in June and then made the final at last month's Challenger event in Lexington, USA.

He plays in Binghamton this week, ahead of the US Open later this month.

"I've been playing well and been confident so to back it up with another final and a win was pleasing," Ward told The Province newspaper.external-link

"This whole week has been a battle. I've not been playing my best, and it's always a good sign when you're not playing your best and you win.

"Hopefully I can continue it into the US Open, which is the one we're really looking forward to."

Ward will hope to come through qualifying at Flushing Meadows, with the main draw getting under way on 29 August.