By Niall Clarke
- Aljaz Bedene loses in the second round of the Shenzhen open to Hyeon Chung
- The British number two lost 6-2, 6-0
Shenzhen, China- Aljaz Bedene has been eliminated from the Shenzhen open after suffering a 6-2, 6-0 defeat to Hyeon Chung in the second round on Thursday.
Bedene, seeded seventh, overcame former top ten player Mikhail Youzhny in the opening round and was a slight favourite heading into his second round match against the 19 year old Korean.
The British number two got off to a bright start by breaking in the opening game, but he could not capitalise as Chung broke straight back. From there it was one way traffic as Bedene conceded his serve twice more en route to losing the first set 6-2.
The highly touted teenager was in complete control, and Bedene struggled to keep up with the Korean’s level. Only three places separated them in the rankings, but the disparity in level today made it feel like ten times that in favour of Chung.
An early love break signalled that there was not much left for the Brit, and he lost serve twice more in a 6-0 set. Chung took his first match point to seal a comfortable 6-2, 6-0 victory in less than an hour.
Elsewhere, second seed Marin Cilic battled through John Millman in three sets. France’s Adrian Mannarino, and Spain’s Guillermo Garcia Lopez were straight set victors. Top seed Tomas Berdych won his second round match against Austin Krajicek in straight sets on Wednesday.
Chung will now face second seeded Cilic in the quarter finals on Friday. Simone Bolelli faces Tommy Robredo, Mannarino faces Garcia Lopez, and Berdych will go against compatriot Jiri Vesely to complete the quarter final line up.
The Shenzhen open continues tomorrow at 7am BST