By Glenys Furness
- Kyle Edmund reaches Binghamton final; Klein loses out
- Four British players will take place in the Lexington challenger next week
Semi final day for Brits in Binghamton and both Brydan Klein and Kyle Edmund were taking part. They were in different semi finals, so we could have ended up with none, one or two Brits in the challenger final.
Top seeded Edmund, who had taken a wild card to the event, faced qualifier Sekou Bangoura who had made amazing progress to reach this stage. The number one seed was soon off to a flying start with an early break, allowing the Brit to lead 3-0. The American qualifier was not coming back from that early break and the Brit soon had the first set 6-3.
The second set did not start well for the Brit and he was soon down 4-2 and looked like the match would be heading to a third. However Edmund was not going to allow this and he broke just when he needed to and brought the match level at 5-5. The American then had an easy service hold, meaning the top seed would need to serve to force a tiebreak. With the score at 40-0 it started raining so play was suspended. Fortunately it was only a short delay and the Brit held on resumption to force the breaker. Edmund continued where he had left off and soon led the breaker by a mini break, he never let that go and made the final after taking the tiebreak 7-4.
The other semi final saw Klein take on the second seed Bjorn Fratangelo, Klein being the fifth seed was going to have a difficult match against his higher ranked opponent. Keeping the first set close the Brit very nearly came back but one break of serve was all that was needed by the American player to take the set 6-4. After that the 2nd seed appeared to have worked out Klein’s game and was soon up on the Brit 5-2, the American would serve for the match and had little trouble serving it out to take the second spot in the final.
Both the singles Semi finals took place after the second doubles semi final, where we also had players – Liam Broady and Luke Bambridge. The British boys were seeded fourth and were up against the top seeds, Broady & Bambridge kept the match close, however the top seeds managed to get the one break each set needed to reach the final. The score was 4-6, 5-7, still a very good week for them.
The Lexington Challenger draw has been made, and there are four Brits in the main draw. James Ward is the top seed and has drawn a qualifier, whilst Edward Corrie could be up against Ward in round two if he wins his first round match. Klein will make the journey from Binghamton to Lexington to play here, and the final Brit in the main draw is Liam Broady who is seeded seventh.
Edmund will play Fratangelo at 5:30PM GMT tomorrow. You can follow his progress on the Britwatch livescoring service: Live Scores