Kyle Edmund on Day Two of the Schroders Battle of the Brits in London, England
Kyle Edmund on Day Two of the Schroders Battle of the Brits in London, England | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits)

Tennis | UK Pro League Round Up | Edmund wins 2022 title

By Glenys Furness

  • Kyle Edmund claimed the 2022 title
  • The Brit took the final in straight sets
NOTTINGHAM, UK – Kyle Edmund entered the UK Pro League finals week and claimed the title. The Brit had not played competitively since August.

 

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Kyle Edmund was issued with a wildcard to play the UK Pro League finals week. The 27 year old drew George Houghton in the first round robin match. The 24 year old stayed with Edmund in the first set. Houghton actually managed to break right at the end of the first set to take the lead. Edmund re-grouped in the second set and broke Houghton to level up the match. In the match tiebreak, Edmund dominated the younger Brit and secured his first win of the week 5-7, 6-3, 10-2.

On Wednesday Edmund took on Dan Cox. The 32 year old started stronger, and broke the younger Brit to take the lead and first set. However, just like in the first match, Edmund re-grouped in the second set. The 27 year old battled hard and broke Cox serve to level the match. The match tiebreak was a very close affair. Both players went back and forth, before Edmund finally secured the break and took the match 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.

The quarter-final on Thursday saw Edmund against Giles Hussey. The 27 year old dominated the first set, as Hussey struggled with the serve of the 2015 Davis Cup winner. Edmund strolled through the first set and had the lead. The second set was a little closer, with Hussey able to hold serve more. However, eventually, it was Edmund that broke and moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

On Saturday, Edmund faced Charlie Broom in the semi-final. The 24 year old started better, and broke Edmund to take the first set. However, the 27 year old dominated the second set to level up the match. The ensuing match tie break was a one way affair, as Edmund didn’t drop a point to move into the final 4-6, 6-2, 10-0.

The final was a rematch of the second round robin match, as Dan Cox was again across the net. This time however, Edmund had little trouble with the 32 year old. The 27 year old dominated the first set to take the lead. The second set saw Cox fight harder, but eventually the experience of Edmund came through as the 27 year old broke to claim the title 6-2, 6-3.

 

Women’s event

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Freya Christie was in finals week and her first opponent was Eliz Maloney. The 22 year old started brighter, and as both were toe to toe, it was Maloney that eventually secured the break of serve to take the lead. Christie however, regrouped in the second set and broke Maloney to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak saw Christie break early and hold on to take the first win 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

On Wednesday Christie took on Arina Vasilescu. The Romanian stayed close to Christie in the first set, and eventually secured the break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw the Brit re-group and break to level up the match. In the match tiebreak, neither player gave an inch, and it was very close. However, eventually Christie secured the break and took the win 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.

In the quarter-final Christie took on Gabriela Knutson. The Czech player did as everyone else had done so far, started better and broke the Brit to take the lead. However, once again Christie re-grouped in the second set. The Brit dominated from the outset and soon levelled up the match. The match tiebreak was very close, with both players fighting hard, eventually, Christie came through to take the win 3-6, 6-1, 10-8.

The semi-final saw Christie against Maia Lumsden. The 25 year old dominated the first set from the off, although Lumsden visibly seemed to be struggling. This showed when after Christie had claimed the first set easily, Lumsden walked to the net to retire from the match 6-2 (RET).

In the final the Brit was against Elena Malygina. The Estonian started really well, and broke the Brit to take the lead. Christie however, re-grouped and broke Malygina to level up the match. The ensuing match tie break went to and fro, until eventually, the Estonian secured the mini break and took the win 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

 

Other Results

Lauryn John-Baptiste defeated Maia Lumsden to finish third 6-1 (RET).

Charlie Broom defeated Billy Harris to finish third 6-3, 6-4.

Katie Stresnakova defeated Eliz Maloney to finish fifth 6-4, 7-5.

Ewan Moore defeated Harry Wendeleken to finish fifth 7-6(2), 7-6(5).

Gabriela Knutson defeated Andre Lukosuite to finish seventh 6-0, 6-4.

Joshua Paris defeated Giles Hussey to finish seventh 7-5, 7-6(2).

 

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