By Glenys Furness
- Kyle Edmund, Brydan Klein and Liam Broady all in action in the Binghamton challenger
- Klein and Edmund were both victorious, whilst Broady loses out.
Over in Binghamton Challenger three Brits took to the courts today with mixed fortunes. Top seed Kyle Edmund and sixth seed Brydan Klein scored victories, whilst third seed Liam Broady was dumped out.
Edmund accepted a wildcard into the tournament and drew qualifier Ernesto Escobedo in the opening round. The 20-year-old was broken early and was 1-3 down, but the British number four rallied back to take the set 7-5. The second was just as tight and it went all the way to a tiebreaker where the American seized control to level the match 7-4 in the breaker. Edmund raised his game in the third and got the job done in double-quick time, 6-1.
Klein played a qualifier in round one, and as everyone knows qualifiers can be dangerous. The Brit certainly struggled in the first set to get anything on the serve of Marcos Giron, and he was soon down a set 2-6. However, he started to work things out in the second, and soon there was a tiebreak to settle it. Klein had to fight hard to seal this set with the score-line very close he grabbed the set 9-7 in the tiebreak. So it would be down to a final set to get into round two, The Brit had now worked out the opponent serve, and was able to get the break of serve in the set, and more importantly, hold. The match was on his racket and he didn’t look back, sealing the set 6-4.
Broady seeded 3rd had drawn one half of the 2012 Wimbledon men’s doubles champions, Freddie Nielsen. The young Brit did not get off to the best of starts as he was unable to do much at all, losing the first set 1-6, he did manage to steady the ship in the next set, making in-roads on the Nielsen serve and finally getting a break. He pulled the match level taking the set 6-4, again it would be a final set decider. The Danish player appeared to find his game again and was soon back to taking everything to Liam, it was not the result he would have wanted. The final set went to the Dane 2-6.
So two Brit’s advance whilst one falters in the Bighamton challenger. Edward Corrie awaits Klein on Wednesday, whilst Edmund faces Noah Rubin.
You can follow their progress via the Britwatch live-scoring service: http://bit.ly/BritwatchTennisLS