Edmund through to main draw


Published: Saturday 17th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain’s Kyle Edmund produced a superb battling performance to reach the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time on Saturday, but compatriot Liam Broady fell at the final hurdle in Melbourne.

Edmund came from a set down against local favourite Dane Propoggia to win 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 9-7 after Broady had lost in straight sets to American Michael Russell in the last round of qualifying.

British number three Edmund joins James Ward and Andy Murray in the tournament proper, which gets under way on Monday, and could even face Murray in the first round after the sixth seed was drawn against a qualifier.

The world number 192 took until midway through the second set to force a break point against Propoggia, who was looking far better than his world ranking of 323.

But after breaking in the 10th game to claim the set, the 20-year-old from Yorkshire broke again in the decider and served for the match at 5-3, only to lose his serve and allow Propoggia back into the contest.

Edmund still had the advantage of serving first however and recovered his composure to break again and seal victory in two hours and 23 minutes.

On an adjacent court at Melbourne Park, Broady lost 7-5 6-3 to veteran Russell, the 36-year-old using all of his experience to win each set with a single break of serve.

Murray will face India’s Yuki Bhambri in the first round after the 22-year-old world number 314 came through qualifying to reach his first grand slam.

And Edmund will take on American Steve Johnson on Tuesday, a player who is ranked 39th in the world – 153 places above Edmund.

Published: Saturday 17th January 2015 by The News Editor

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