Edmund loses fifth straight match but Norrie and Evans through in China

  • Posted: Sep 30, 2019

British number one Kyle Edmund has been beaten by a wildcard player at the China Open – his fifth straight defeat.

Edmund, the world number 34, was defeated 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5) in Beijing by Zhizhen Zhang, who is ranked 213.

Dan Evans beat another Chinese player Zhe Li 6-3 6-4, while Cameron Norrie was 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 up when opponent Cristian Garin of Chile retired.

Norrie could play Andy Murray in the second round, if the Scot overcomes Italian Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday.

Edmund has not won a match since beating Australian Nick Kyrgios at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal in August.

The 24-year-old has only won 12 matches at ATP Tour level in 2019 and he parted company with coach Mark Hilton after a first-round defeat at the Chengdu Open, also in China, last week.

Evans, 29, ranked 48th, will face either France’s Gael Monfils or American John Isner in round two.

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