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TENNIS: Heartbreak for Edmund
It was the biggest game of his career to date but sadly, Tickton tennis star Kyle Edmund crashed out of the Australian Open tennis tournament in straight sets this morning, against world No 6 Marin Cilic.
Cilic won 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to reach his first Melbourne final, where he will face Roger Federer or Hyeon Chung.
Edmund, 23, had been trying to become just the fourth British man to reach a Grand Slam final since tennis turned professional in 1968.
Edmund was certainly not in his best form for this game, his first ever Grand Slam semi final, and he required a medical timeout after the first set and at times appeared to be limping.
The ferocity of his forehand and some occasional exquisite backhand shots made Cilic do a double take from time to time but the Croatian was also on the very top of his game,. Kyle showed true grit in the second set, forcing a tie break and we began to hope – but it was not to be.
He exits the tournament with the world now taking notice of the 23-year-old former Beverley Grammar School pupil, who next week could be leading Britain’s Davis Cup challenge against Spain in the absence of the injured Andy Murray.
Had Kyle won today he would have overtaken Murray as the British No 1 in the rankings but as it is, his world ranking is set to rise from 49th to around 25th next week on the strength of this performance.