To kick-off the anticipated UK Pro League Semi-finals Day Kyle Edmund, the former world number 14, took on the 24-year-old Charles Broom. In the first set, Broom broke immediately, taking advantage of a slow start from Edmund. He was then able to consolidate the opening game break with some magnificent shots. However, Edmund began to show glimpses of his world class skill, looking imperious over the ball. His characteristic powerful forehand casted an ominous hand over Broom’s 3rd service game. Edmund forced a 0-4 lead over Broom, but the youngster was able to find a way back. After some back and forth over deuce, Broom re-clarified his lead at 4-2; a great hold from him. The match proceeded with neither player making any mistakes, taking the match to 5-4 with Broom to serve. Broom was looking incredibly comfortable and self-assured over the ball and showed no signs of hesitation while serving for the match. Ultimately, Broom capped off the first set 6-4.
The beginning of the second set began with Edmund immediately asking questions of the Broom serve. Edmund was up 30-15 in the first game, but Broom was able to close out the first and hold the game well. It was then Broom to pose the questions as he gained himself two break points in the third game, however he wasn’t able to capitalise. This, unfortunately for Broom, was the beginning of the end, as Edmund gained a lot of momentum. In the 4th game, Edmund broke Broom’s serve to love, imposing himself on the second set with immense balance and power. Edmund looked like he was playing as a top 20 tennis player by the end of the second set, sending Broom scrambling around the court. Set 2 ended 6-2.
Now, with the game in the balance, it came down to a match tie-break. Edmund looked solid in every aspect of the game; with the momentum completely on his side he championed over Charles Broom 4-6, 6-2, 10-0. The tie-break showed just how special Kyle Edmund can be, returning to the game after having 3 knee operations he looks as though he’s back in business. Credit to Charles Broom, who played immaculately, reaching some of the most difficult Edmund shots and returning them with interest! As it stands, Edmund will face either Billy Harris or Dan Cox in the finals tomorrow. Tune into their match later today nb 1pm.
Live on BT Sport Channel 2 and streaming on the Tennis Channel.