Chengdu | Evans wins as Edmunds suffers another loss
Mixed news from China as Dan Evans battles through to the second round of the Chengdu Open, an ATP 250 event, while Kyle Edmund the seventh seed, stumbles out in his opening round.
As things are going at the present, the two Brits could well be swapping places in national ranking terms unless Edmund, ranked 32, can bring to an end his run of poor results.
In contrast, Evans, ranked 48, is maintaining his good form as displayed in a testing and exhausting match against the Chinese wildcard, Yan Bai, eventually going through 6-3 4-6 7-6(4) where he will face the fourth seeded Grigor Dimitrov.
Edmund’s 6-3 6-4 loss came against Chile’s Christian Garin ranked just one place below him, his fourth in succession since the start of August.
Edmund’s performances this season have only produced 12 wins on the tour and a single quarter-final place in Eastbourne. He has been hampered by a knee injury which at the US Open, he said had cleared.
It has also been revealed by the BBC that Edmund and his coach Mark Hilton have parted company, a decision which was reached before the start of the Chengdu event.
Hilton used to coach Evans prior to his suspension following his drug setback and it is assumed he will probably return to coach the British No.2 who had already dispensed with the services of David Felgate last August.
Currently LTA coach Colin Beecher is acting as Evan’s coach and will also now help Edmund out during the Asian swing.