The second day of the Battle of Brits saw Kyle Edmund carve out a narrow win over Andy Murray to make it to the semifinals. In Charleston, Bethanie Mattek-Sands helped Team Peace take a 3-2 lead over Team Kindness before rains ended the day early.
Edmund, Ward Register Contrasting Wins
After having registered an easy win over Liam Broady in his first match, Andy Murray came into this encounter against Kyle Edmund having shrugged off some rustiness. However, it is a different deal to do that against a player ranked 211th in the world from playing against one who is 44th.
And Edmund pushed Murray throughout the match which was decided over three tie-breakers including a match tie-breaker in the final set. Edmund won 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 10-5 to make it two victories in a row and make it to the last four.
Edmund later said he was desperate for a win and admitted his experience of having been on the circuit for a while helped him stay in touch during the encounter. He also said:
“Today was the kind of match a few years ago I wouldn’t have won but today staying in the match counts for a lot and builds pressure.”
In another match, James Ward defeated Broady 6-4, 6-1 to send him packing from the tournament, while Ryan Peniston almost shocked Cameron Norrie before the latter won 3-6, 6-1, 10-4.
Peniston had come into the tournament as a late replacement for Jack Draper who had injured himself during the tournament. Another withdrawal in the form of Jay Clarke leaves the competition shorn of its top stars after he suffered a knee injury in his opening encounter as well.
There was some doubles action as well which saw Evans and Lloyd Glasspool overturn a set deficit to beat Norrie and Broady 4-6, 6-3, 11-9. Joe Salisbury and Jonny O’Mara combine to rout Peniston and Dom Inglot 6-4, 6-2.
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Team Peace Goes 3-2 Up
After rain had disrupted play on day one of the Charleston exhibition competition, it returned on day two as well but not before the Team Peace had taken a 3-2 lead over Team Kindness.
Ajla Tomljanovic had no problems getting past Shelby Rogers in the first match of the day to give Team Peace a 2-1 lead. Amanda Anisimova then went past Danielle Collins in straight sets to leave things out for Team Kindness, before the Team Peace captain Bethanie Mattek-Sands overcame Monica Puig in what turned out to be the final encounter of the day.
On Thursday, the remaining one-point matches and some of the two-pointers will be played.