By Glenys Furness

  • Kyle Edmund puts a bad start to 2019 behind him
  • Claims the title at Indian Wells Challenger
Indian Wells, California, United States – Kyle Edmund entered the Indian Wells Challenger as a wildcard and was the top seed. The Brit put his bad start to 2019 behind him and claimed the title.

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Brit of the Week

Kyle Edmund took a wildcard into the Indian Wells challenger, the same venue where the Brit is scheduled to play at the Indian Wells Masters event next week. As top seed Edmund had a bye in the first round.

The second round saw the top seed face Tommy Robredo. The Spaniard had come through a tricky first round match before facing the Brit. Edmund secured the break of serve needed in both sets to come through with ease. The top seed showed his higher ranking getting by the Spaniard and into the next round 6-4, 6-4.

In the third round Edmund was up against 16th seed Lukáš Rosol. The Czech tried to stay with the top seed in the first set, however the Brit continued his good run and broke to take the lead. Rosol was unable to make any headway in the second set, Edmund completed the victory and moved into the quarter final 6-4, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against eighth seed Yannick Maden. The German proved to be the toughest match so far for the top seed. Maden got the jump on Edmund and broke serve to take the first set. The Brit needed to re-group, and did so fast. The top seed completely dominated the second set and didn’t drop a game. In the final set Edmund once again broke serve of the German and booked a spot in the semi-final 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

In the semi-final the Brit was up against fifth seed Lloyd Harris. The South African couldn’t make an impression in the first set as Edmund dominated. However, Harris managed to re-group in the second and pull back level after breaking the top seed serve. This seemed to spur the Brit on, as in the final set Harris was once again overwhelmed by Edmund, who lost only one game to move into the final 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

The final Edmund was facing seventh seed Andrey Rublev. The Russian had looked to stop the Brit from taking the title. However, the top seed was on fire and nothing was going to prevent him from taking lifting the trophy. Edmund barely put a foot wrong in the final and dispatched Rublev in straight sets to win 6-3, 6-2.


Honourable Mention

Brydan Klein entered the ITF event in Albury, Australia and was the top seed. In the first round the Brit was drawn against Matthew Dellavedova. The Australian was no match for the top seed as Klein romped through to the second round in straight sets, losing only three games 6-3, 6-0.

The second round saw the Brit against Ryota Tanuma, the Japanese stayed with the top seed at the start, however Klein broke serve when needed to move into the lead. This seemed to break the spirit of Tanuma who was dominated in the second set, moving the Brit into the quarter-final 6-3, 6-2.

In the quarter-final Klein was against another Australian fifth seed Harry Bourchier. The Aussie proved tricky to deal with in the first set and forced a tiebreak. However, it was the Brit that edged the breaker and had the lead. In the second set the Brit managed to break Bourchier serve and the Aussie couldn’t get back on terms. Klein moved into the semi-final in straight sets 7-6(8), 6-3.

The semi-final pitted the top seed against fourth seed Shuichi Sekiguchi. The Japanese tried everything, but nothing worked. Klein broke serve fairly easily and Sekiguchi could not come back, putting the top seed into the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

In the final the Brit was against an unseeded Australian Matthew Romios. Klein was untroubled in the match, breaking at will and dominating Romios. The top seed barely broke a sweat to lift the trophy in straight sets losing only three games. The title went to Klein 6-1, 6-2.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Dan Evans was defeated by Andrey Rublev in the semi-final in Indian Wells 6-2, 6-2.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Shuichi Sekiguchi in the first round in Albury 6-2, 6-1.

Jan Choinski was defeated by Alexander Bublik in the third round in Pau 6-4, 6-2.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Maxime Janvier in the second round in Pau 6-2, 2-0 RET.

Toby Martin was defeated by Pablo Vivero Gonzalez in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-1, 6-1.

Harry Wendelken was defeated by Jacob Grills in the first round in Portugal 6-3, 6-2.

Katy Dunne was defeated by Lu Jiajing in the quarter-final in Osaka 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Amanda Carreras was defeated by Cristina Dinu in the second round in Turkey 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Next week Brits play in Indian Wells, Zhuhai, Australia, Portugal, Qatar, Norway, Japan, Mexico & France.


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