Wimbledon 2013: Another Brit exits early - Kyle Edmund shows potential before defeat
Yorkshireman showed guts and brute force to suggest that he has the potential to live up to the hype
Monday 24 June 2013
Kyle Edmund was given a real schooling on his Wimbledon debut as giant Pole Jerzy Janowicz cruised through to the second round with an accomplished display against the young Briton.
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After watching Elena Baltacha crash out with a disappointing performance against Flavia Pennetta, the Court Three crowd saw 18-year-old Edmund exit the tournament 6-2 6-2 6-4.
However the Yorkshireman showed guts and brute force to suggest that he has the potential to live up to the hype around him.
Janowicz, ranked 363 places ahead of Edmund, played some excellent tennis and his fierce serve and forehand give him the necessary tools to go far in this tournament.
Edmund showed no sign of nerves early on, firing an ace down to win his first point. He then engineered a break point in the second game, but was unable to take it when 6ft 8in Janowicz powered home a forehand winner.
That proved to be a wake-up call for the Pole, who started to play his A game. Janowicz reeled off a number of powerful ground strokes to break in the fifth and the seventh games before wrapping up the first set after just 24 minutes.
Edmund saved four early break points in the second set, but he soon found himself 4-0 down after two breaks from the big Pole, who was by now hitting 135 miles per hour with his serve.
Janowicz got himself into slight trouble towards the end of the second set, gifting Edmund two break points, but the home hope was unable to take advantage.
Janowicz sent Edmund scampering around the court in the first game of the third set, which the Pole won to break.
Edmund, who was born in South Africa but lives in Beverley, saved four match points in the ninth game, but he had no answer to Janowicz's huge serve and eventually succumbed to defeat after one hour and 27 minutes on court.
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