British Tennis Round-up: Edmund wins career-high ranking by reaching Beijing semi-finals

08/10/2018

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Kyle Edmund in Beijing

China

Kyle Edmund was in strong form at the China Open and enjoyed a run to the semi-finals to secure a new career-high ranking of world No.14.

The British No.1 defeated Peter Gojowczyk, Matteo Berrettini and Dusan Lajovic to set up a final-four clash in Beijing against Nikoloz Basilashvili, before bowing out to the eventual champion 7-6(6), 6-4.

He has since travelled to Shanghai for the Rolex Shanghai Masters where he’ll face Filip Krajinovic in the opening round on Tuesday (07:20 BST).

Japan

Hot on the heels of winning his maiden ATP World Tour title at the Shenzhen Open last week with Ben McLachlan, Joe Salisbury reached the semi-finals of the Japan Open partnered with Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama.

The pair overcame Japanese wild cards Yoshihito Nishioka and Kaito Uesugi 6-3, 7-6(5), before they battled past second seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 7-6(4), 4-6, [10-3] to seal a semi-final spot. They faced third seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus for a place in the final, but narrowly fell 18-16 in the deciding championship tie-break.

Salisbury’s performance means he too celebrates a new career-high of world No.36 in doubles.

Australia

Evan Hoyt captured his first Futures title of the year whilst playing at the Australia F7 Futures in Brisbane. The 23-year-old from Wales faced eighth seed Colin Sinclair in the final and prevailed 6-4, 7-6(5).  As a result, Hoyt will break into the Top 500 for the first time in his career when the ITF rankings are next updated.

Meanwhile in the doubles event, Brydan Klein teamed up with Australia’s Scott Puodziunas to reach the final. The pair defeated Hoyt and Dusty Boyer 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals, but missed out on the title after falling 2-6, 6-4, [10-6] to Australian fourth seeds Jeremy Beale and Thomas Fancutt.  

Egypt

Aleksandra and Katarzyna Pitak claimed their second ITF Pro Circuit doubles title together at a $15,000 tournament in Sharm El Sheikh.  The pair sailed past Nikola Breckova and Martina Fricova 6-2, 6-1 in the final to lift the trophy.

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It was all about focus and fist pumps for Kyle Edmund in Beijing…

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