Pospisil beats Edmund to enter 2nd round

Fifth-seeded Vasek Pospisil of Canada beat wild-card entry Kyle

Edmund of Britain 6-3, 7-5 Monday to reach the second round of the

Chennai Open.

The 23-year-old Pospisil saved all four break points he faced

and converted two of the ones he created to wrap up the win in 81

minutes.

The lanky Pospisil, who missed several tournaments in early 2013

because of glandular fever but still climbed to a career-best

ranking of 32nd by the end of the season, took a 3-0 lead before

wrapping up the first set. Edmund led 5-4 in the second, but the

376th-ranked player made a number of unforced errors and couldn’t

force a decider.

In fact, none of the four first-round matches Monday went to

three sets, as Dudi Sela of Israel won 6-4, 6-2 against Lukas Lacko

of Slovakia, Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic beat local wild-card

entry Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 6-2 and Taiwanese player Lu

Yen-Hsun ousted Tim Smyczek of the United States 6-4, 6-2.

Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka is among four players to get a bye

into the second round. Defending champion Janko Tipsarevic missed

the tournament because of a heel injury.

The tournament also sees the return of India’s Rohan Bopanna and

Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi as a doubles pair after three

years.