AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2012: Laura Robson beats Melanie Oudin in qualifying

Robson eases past American Oudin in first Melbourne qualifying round

Great Britain's Laura Robson breezed through the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over American Melanie Oudin on Thursday.

The 17-year-old, seeded 14, won 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Italy's Anna Floris.

The Melbourne-born Briton, who reached the second round of Wimbledon and the US Open last year, broke four times, dropping her serve twice.

Steady progress: Robson won in straight sets

Steady progress: Robson won in straight sets

Naomi Broady joined Robson in the second round as she saw off the challenge of another American, Ashley Weinhold, 6-4 5-7 6-3.

In the men's qualifying draw, James Ward came back from a set down to go forward to the second round.

Ward, who is the 32nd seed, lost the first set against Inigo Cervantes-Huegun on Wednesday but resumed the match in much better touch.

He won successive sets on court four to seal a 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win and will now meet Czech Ivo Minar in the next round.

Irishman Conor Niland went out after losing his first-round match to Switzerland's Stephane Bohli 6-3 6-2.