Result: James Ward bows out to Julien Benneteau

British number two James Ward is out of the Cincinnati Open after suffering a comprehensive defeat to Julien Benneteau.

James Ward's run at the Cincinnati Open has come to an abrupt end after he suffered a heavy defeat to Julien Benneteau.

The British number two had reached the last 32 after winning two qualifying matches before beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round.

However, the Londoner was no match for the experienced Frenchman, who broke serve twice in each set to run out a comfortable 6-2 6-2 winner.

Despite the setback, Ward is expected to move into the top 140 in the world rankings, taking him to within reach of his highest position of 137.

James Ward of Great Britain celebrates match point after his five set victory against Sam Querrey of the United States during day one of the Davis Cup World Group first round between the U.S. and Great Britain at PETCO Park on January 31, 2014
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