Edmund edges closer to Roland Garros main draw

Beverley's Kyle Edmund is one game away from playing in the French Open main draw (Picture: Shuji Kajiyama/AP).
Beverley's Kyle Edmund is one game away from playing in the French Open main draw (Picture: Shuji Kajiyama/AP).
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BEVERLEY-born Kyle Edmund is one win away from a place in the French Open main draw after an impressive 6-1 6-2 victory over Romania’s Victor Hanescu.

Twenty-year-old Edmund, who came through three qualifying rounds at the Australian Open in January, produced a dominant display against Hanescu, 13 years his senior.

The 6ft 6ins Romanian reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2005, but injuries have hampered him since and he was unable to keep up with Edmund’s energy and weight of shot.

“It was really good,” Edmund said. “He’s been around for a while and made the quarter-finals here, so he obviously can play well here and on clay. He’s tall and has a good serve, so I was very wary of those things and had to give him full respect. I knew that if I put my game on court I’d have a good chance. I played really well and I’m happy with my form going into Friday.”

Edmund will play either Adrian Menendez-Maceiras or Jordi Samper-Montana for a spot in the main draw.

Johanna Konta is also through to the third round after she beat Russia’s Elizaveta Kulichkova 7-6 (7/1) 6-3. The British No 2 lost at the final hurdle in qualifying last year but a win against Kulichkova, ranked 34 places higher, maintains her hopes of joining Heather Watson in the main draw.

However, Naomi Broady was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova while fellow Briton Brydan Klein is also out after he lost 6-3 6-1 to Argentina’s Facundo Arguello.