Edmund into Queen's quarter-finals as opponent Mathieu withdraws

Kyle Edmund
Kyle Edmund

Beverley's Kyle Edmund has been handed a passage into the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club.

Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu has withdrawn from the tournament because of a wrist injury, meaning British wildcard Edmund is through to the last eight.

Former Pocklington School pupil Edmund, ranked 85, will face a fellow Briton in the quarter-final, his second on the ATP Tour this year.

He will play either defending champion Andy Murray or Slovenia-born Aljaz Bedene who meet later.

Mathieu suffered the wrist injury beating Britain's Dan Evans on Wednesday.

Edmund recorded the biggest win of his career yesterday as he beat former world number six Gilles Simon.

The 21-year-old outplayed the experienced Frenchman to take a 6-4 3-6 6-1 win in the first round.

World number 18 Simon is the highest-ranked opponent Edmund has beaten, trumping his previous best victory over world No 43 Martin Klizan at Dohar in January.

“It was definitely a great win,” said Edmund.

“On paper it’s my best, but it’s tough to say if it’s the best win of my career.

“When you look at your best you look at how you play and the situations and the opponents and everything together.

“I don’t know if it was ‘the’ best win, but I’d definitely say it’s one of the best wins of my career. That’s for sure.”