Kyle Edmund suffers quarter-final exit at Winston-Salem Open
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 23/08/18 10:06pm
Kyle Edmund's preparations for next week's US Open suffered a blow after the British No 1 was heavily beaten in the quarter-finals of the Winston-Salem Open on Thursday.
Edmund, ranked 16 in the world, suffered a heavy straight-sets defeat to Steve Johnson in North Carolina.
The American eighth seed came through after a below-par showing from Edmund to record a 6-1 6-2 victory in just 64 minutes to reach the semi-finals.
Johnson, ranked 32 in the world, won the first five games and wrapped up the first set in just 23 minutes.
The second set was similarly one-sided, with Johnson claiming an early double break and that was enough to send Edmund crashing out of the tournament sooner than he would have liked.
Edmund will now head to New York where he has been drawn to meet unseeded Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the first round of the US Open, which begins on Monday, August 27.
The Briton has never got past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows and is on course for a fourth-round meeting with Rafael Nadal if he gets that far.
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