Edmund is unable to secure first ATP title
KYLE EDMUND’S attempt to win a first ATP Tour title ended in disappointment in the Grand Prix Hassan II final as he lost to Pablo Andujar.
The British No 1, from Beverley – who reached the semi-final of the Australian Open in January – was playing against a man ranked 355 in the world, but failed to show his true form and lost 6-2 6-2 in Marrakech.
Edmund had won twice on Saturday to reach his first final at this level, but won just four games against the Spaniard.
He does, however, move up to a career-high 23 in the rankings.
The Briton was the heavy favourite going into the match, but he could not have endured a worse start, losing his first three service games as Andujar wrapped up the opening set in 40 minutes.
Any hopes of a comeback were soon dashed as Edmund again dropped his serve in the opening game of the second set.
He lost his own delivery on a further two occasions as Andujar won a fourth ATP title and first since 2014.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova claimed a third WTA Tour career title by tasting success in the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota.
The Slovakian, ranked 132 in the world before this win, downed favourite Lara Arruabarrena 6-2 6-4. It was her first title since 2015 and sees her return to the top 100.
2012 champion Lara Arruabarrena had reached her second consecutive final after breezing past Dalila Jakupovic 6-1 6-2.
Elise Mertens won her second title of 2018 by lifting the Samsung Open in Lugano.
The 22-year-old beat Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 6-2 to complete a successful week in Switzerland.
Mertens, ranked 20 in the world, made a crucial break at 5-5 in the first set and then served it out before running away with the second to claim the silverware.