Dan Evans lived up to his billing of the number one ranked British player as he went on to lift the Battle of the Brits title while Team Peace registered an easy win over Team Kindness at Charleston.
No Worry for Evans
Evans capped off a great week of tennis with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kyle Edmund in the final of the Battle of the Brits. This followed his four successive wins to get to the final including one against Andy Murray.
Having climbed to his best ever ranking of 28th, Evans looks to be making up for lost time after having had off-court issues that had seen him get suspended from the tour. He has been back for a while now but only recently showing the kind of form his fans and coaches had expected out of him based on his early talent.
After both players began with a break of serve each in the first set, Evans broke Edmund’s serve twice more to win the opening set.
Evans was broken early in the second set too but came back strongly to complete the straight set win. At the end of the match Evans said it was a great and long week.
Murray Pulls Out
What would be of some interest to British tennis fans is Andy Murray withdrew from his third-place match against Cameron Norrie because of a shin injury. That he was still on court advising James Ward who took on Norrie in his place seems to suggest the injury wasn’t serious and the break was precautionary.
After all Murray hadn’t played any tennis coming into this tournament, having last featured in the Davis Cup last year. He featured in four matches spread across five days, winning and losing two apiece.
Murray admitted while he played well all week, he wasn’t able to sustain those levels for a long enough time during matches. He added:
“My game is there – I just need more time to practise and prepare and I’ll get there.”
Norrie had no difficulty beating Ward, 6-3, 7-5 to grab the third spot.
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Mattek-Sands Leads Team Peace to Crushing Win
Team Peace had already taken a solid lead over Team Kindness at the Charleston Invitational Exhibition competition and captain Bethanie Mattek-Sands ensured there was going to be no respite for their opponents.
While Shelby Rogers gave Team Kindness some hope by defeating Mattek-Sands in the opener on Sunday, Eugenie Bouchard and Jennifer Brady quickly extinguished that with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Madison Keys and Alison Keys.
And when Victoria Azarenka and Amanda Anisimova were left with no answers for Sofia Kenin and Mattek-Sands in the third match of the day, the writing was on the wall.