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Beverley's Kyle Edmund in top 150 players

Kyle Edmund Credit: Press Association

Beverley's Kyle Edmund has broken into the world's top 150 players for the first time after winning his first Challenger Tour title in Hong Kong.

While the attention of British tennis fans was focused on Andy Murray's efforts to claim the Australian Open crown, 20-year-old Edmund was celebrating a significant victory.

The Yorkshireman did not drop a set in his five matches at the second-tier event and was an impressive 6-1 6-2 winner over 89th-ranked Japanese player Tatsuma Ito in the final.

The victory helped Edmund climb 44 places in the rankings to 148 and continued his fine start to the season after he successfully came through three qualifying rounds at the Australian Open.

He said in the South China Morning Post: "He (Ito) is very experienced and I knew I had to take it to him and play my own game. Luckily, this was the best I played all week and it was ideal that it came in the final."

No British man won a Challenger title last season, with Edmund reaching his first final in his last event of the year in Yokohama before losing to Australian John Millman.

Edmund cemented his position as the British number three behind Murray, who has returned to the top four courtesy of his run in Melbourne, and world number 102 James Ward.

Edmund's form has also furthered his case to be named in Britain's Davis Cup team for next month's World Group clash with the United States in Glasgow.

First he will attempt to push his ranking closer to the top 100 and has headed back to Australia where he will play in this week's tournament in Burnie.

Beverley's Kyle Edmund qualifies for Aussie Open

Beverley's Kyle Edmund has qualified for the Australian Open, after producing a battling performance to secure his debut in the main draw.

Kyle Edmund in action Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The 20-year-old came from a set down against local favourite Dane Propoggia to win 6-7 (3/7) 6-4, 9-7.

Edmund, who is ranked 192nd in the world, joins James Ward and Andy Murray in the tournament.

Edmund faces American Steve Johnson - the world number 39 - on Tuesday January 20, 2015.

"It is good confidence coming through grand slam qualies, you have earned your right to get into a grand slam which is a great feeling and gives you confidence going into the upcoming tournaments"

– Kyle Edmund

It is the first time Britain has had three men in the Australian Open since 2002.


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Caroline Souyad's son Bessam was diagnosed when he was two-and-a-half and if exposed to peanuts he suffers from anaphylaxis - a potentially fatal reaction. She's now set up a support group.

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Armed robbers jailed for more than 20 years

Two men who carried out an armed robbery at a jewellers in Beverley have been sentenced to a total of more than 20 years in jail.

Nineteen year old Jack O'Neil was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy to commit robbery at Guest and Phillips Jewellers in August last year.

His 23-year-old accomplice Kevin Smith was sentenced to seven years for the same office and a further five and half years for conspiracy to commit a series of burglaries in South Yorkshire, before the robbery.


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Lakeminster Park near Beverley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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