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Kyle Edmund defeated in two sets in US Open by French Open finalist Casper Ruud… but there is still room for optimism for the Briton after recovering from three separate knee surgeries
- Kyle Edmund loses in straight sets to Casper Ruud in first round US Open
- Former number 14 in the world made his first Grand Slam appearance in three years
- Edmund had undergone three knee surgeries, but showed encouraging signs
Kyle Edmund won in a straight line, but there is still reason for optimism, even as the returning Briton was reminded of the long road ahead.
The former world number 14 from Yorkshire was defeated in the first round, quite as expected, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 by French Open finalist and number 5 seed Casper Ruud.
Still, he can look back on a satisfying trip to America, which has reassured him that at least he has a future in the game.
Kyle Edmund was defeated in straight sets by Casper Ruud in world 14 at the US Open
Edmund had three knee surgeries for his first Gand slam appearance in three years
It didn’t always seem certain when he had three knee surgeries, and there were encouraging signs in this first Grand Slam appearance in three years.
His thumping forehand occasionally caused problems for the Norwegian and the deficit lightly caressed the obvious favourite.
Edmund came in with injury-protected rankings and managed to play 10 matches at various levels during this visit. Edmund now knows what to do to try and return to the heights that once brought him back to the last four of the Australian Open. in 2018.
Norwegian Casper Ruud (pictured) was able to beat Edmund and advance to the next round
Surrey’s Jack Draper was hoping to join Andy Murray in the second round last night as he took on Emil Ruusuvuori, while Londoner Harriet Dart was also in action, against tenth seed Daria Kasatkina.
Meanwhile, a little piece of history was made in the men’s event last night when Georgia qualifier Wu Yibing upset Nikoloz Basilashvili, becoming the first Chinese man to reach a Grand Slam second round since Wimbledon 1959.
Finally, the usual chaos in the US Open women’s draw looked set to start early last night as former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep was knocked out of the first round by Daria Snigur.