By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund vs Hyeon Chung
  • Edmund hurt right ankle during Brisbane quarter-final last week
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – In what has been a worrying few days for British Tennis, Kyle Edmund is the latest on the injury list as he heads to the ASB Classic.

 

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Kyle Edmund vs Hyeon Chung H2H: Edmund leads 2-1

Kyle Edmund competes in his first match since suffering that ankle-turn in his Brisbane quarter-final to Grigor Dimitrov merely days ago.

Edmund will go head-to-head with South Korea’s No.1 player Hyeon Chung for a second time in as many weeks. Their encounter in Brisbane was a character-building performance from Edmund as he showed he can back up an important first win with another fantastic result against a player near him in the ATP rankings.

Reaching a quarter-final in the first week of the season actually alleviates a lot of the pressure going into the tournament in Auckland this week, but Edmund has a real opportunity of going far in another ATP draw.

Edmund controlled the lion’s share of the rallies, looked the more positive and tried to get his forehand into play whenever possible and we know that when Edmund can get the time to move his opponent with his forehand, that that is when he plays his best tennis. Chung can extract a lot of unforced errors from his opponent, but Edmund knows that if he has time to dictate the course of a rally with his forehand then he has a very good chance of prevailing the victor.

This may seem like just another week on the ATP calendar, but Edmund has his sights set on a seeding at the majors in order to aid his ambitions of becoming a much better player. Edmund acknowledges that he has to be churning out decent results week-in and week-out if he realistically wants to fulfil his ambition of being a Top 20 player and going far at the ASB Classic in Auckland, would be a great starting point for the Brit.

MORE: Injury concern for Edmund after ankle-turn in Brisbane

Prediction: Edmund in two sets

 

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