Ed­mund is un­able to se­cure first ATP ti­tle

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

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.

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