SACRAMENTO, California –– Barbados’ premier lawn tennis player Darian King defeated second- seeded Briton Kyle Edmund in the first round of the ATP Tour Challenger Tournament on Monday.
King won 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 against the 20-year-old at Natomas Racquet Club. The victory represented one of King’s biggest wins in his career so far. He is ranked No. 261 in the world while Edmund is ranked at 102.
King broke Edmund to lead 5-4 in the third set and served out the match. The talented Barbadian avenged a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Edmund in their only previous meeting.
That came on clay in the semifinals of a Futures tournament in Sunrise, Florida last year January. This week’s match looked like more of the same entering the second set.
“Kyle was playing well,” said King, 23. “There’s nothing really I could have done in the first set. But in the second set, I ‘weathered the storm’, as we say in Barbados. The guy is solid on both sides, so I just had to keep moving and wait for my opportunities.
“I was serving well today. That’s something I’ve been working on a lot. . . . It was tough for me to close out the match because when you’ve lost to someone before and now you have an opportunity to win, the pressure grows, and I think I handled that pretty well,” King said.
Edmund took the defeat in his stride.
“I did a lot better than I did last week, that’s for sure,” said Edmund, who lost to countryman Brydan Klein 6-4, 6-1 in Tiburon. “I found myself in the match and had a chance to win it. I’m disappointed to lose, but I’m not going to dwell on it too long. I’m just going to move on,” he added.