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Edmund looking to the positives as he turns focus to SW19 mission

 

Well beaten: Kyle Edmund
Well beaten: Kyle Edmund

By Declan Warrington

Kyle Edmund immediately switched his focus to Wimbledon after losing to Taylor Fritz in the semi-finals of the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.

After an encouraging week and just days before his home Grand Slam, the 24-year-old squandered five set points against his American rival to drop the opening set before losing 7-6(8) 6-3.

Fritz (21) progresses to the final against his compatriot Sam Querrey, who earlier defeated Italy's Thomas Fabbiano 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3, but even amid the sense of a missed opportunity, Britain's highest-ranked player insisted that there were positives.

"Playing three matches was good," he said. "I wanted to win this week. It didn't happen, but it's nice just for me to play matches. I probably haven't played as many matches as some other players, but it's good to be building some momentum again.

"Going to Wimbledon, it's always nice to have momentum.

"I would have loved to have taken the first set or a break in the second just to get myself in the match, but I couldn't take them. That's the most frustrating thing."

And Karolina Pliskova eased past Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-2 yesterday to reach the women's final.

Pliskova will play reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber after her opponent withdrew through injury.

World No.3 Pliskova, who has not dropped a set so far, was on court for just 56 minutes.

The Czech fired 21 winners and never faced a break point against the Dutch opponent who beat her in the fourth round at Wimbledon last year as she strolled into her third final at the venue in four years.

"I think I was just playing much better than last year, more free, and just went for it a little bit more," Pliskova said.

"(Bertens) was always under pressure and I was just always attacking. But I was just coming to the net a little bit more than I was last year, so I think I just used my game better than I did last year against her."

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