By Ros Satar

  • Kyle Edmund [3] v Yasutaka Uchiyama [Q]
  • First meeting
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – No. 3 seed and British No. 1 Kyle Edmund gets his first taste of the action at the Brisbane International after early British success.

 

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Kyle Edmund [3] v Yasutaka Uchiyama [Q] | First Meeting

With a New Year’s Eve and Day treat of Harriet Dart, Andy Murray and Johanna Konta all advancing, No. 3 seed Kyle Edmund gets his chance to join them on a packed day of Brits at the Brisbane International.

He has a chance to ease himself in, as he faces Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama, who came past a fellow qualifier to earn a spot in the second round. Edmund finished his year on a high with his maiden title in his penultimate tournament of the year. A little injury niggle kept him out of the Paris Masters but he has putting in the hard yards in off-season training.

Uchiyama did not drop a set in qualifying, or in his opening round, and has had plenty of chance to get used to the courts and the playing conditions here – which have proved to be quite hot and humid. The Japanese player spent a lot of last year plying his trade on the Challenger circuit so really Edmund’s experience should stand him in good stead, nerves notwithstanding.

There are a lot of points for the Brit to defend – he reached the quarter-final here last year before turning his ankle, but it did not hold him back at the Australian Open where he reached the semi-final and it served as a base for him to consolidate his position over the year as the new British No. 1

At times that mantle has not sat easily on the Yorkshireman’s head, as he overtook Murray in Indian Wells for the top British spot, but the outpouring of emotion when he won his first title shows just how much that meant to him, when compared to Murray’s accolades.

It would take a monumental performance from the Japanese challenger, and a terrible day at the office to not see the No. 3 seed in the quarter-finals.

Prediction: Edmund in straight sets.

Edmund & Uchiyama are scheduled on Show Court 2 at 11am (1am GMT).

 

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