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Edmund cruises through to last-16 in Shanghai Masters

British number one Kyle Edmund is through to the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters after victory against Andreas Seppi. Credit: PA

British number one Kyle Edmund is through to the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters after victory against Andreas Seppi.

The 23-year-old, who reached the China Open semi-finals last week, continued his good form with a 6-3 6-4 success over the experienced Italian to set up a tie against world number 48 Nicolas Jarry of Chile in the next round.

Edmund saved a break point in the third game of the match before exchanging three further breaks of serve to come out on top and take the opening set, using his trademark hard-hitting baseline game to good effect.

Seppi had another break point at the start of the second set but Edmund survived before taking control of the match with a break to go 3-2 ahead.

Edmund maintained his advantage and closed out the match on serve with a forehand winner to reach the last-16 as he chases a first ATP Tour title.


Families bid to identify relatives from pictures of stampede victims

Relatives try to identify relatives caught up in a new year stampede in Shanghai at the hospital from pictures of victims.

At least 35 people are reported to have died in the stampede with many injured.

At least 35 people died in the stampede Credit: Reuters
Police control the site after a stampede Credit: Reuters
A man holds a woman after a stampede during a New Year's celebration on the Bund in central Shanghai. Credit: Reuters
Police help victims caught up in stampede Credit: Reuters


Footage shows new year crowds in Shanghai's streets

Local media reports show crowds that turned out in Shanghai for the new year celebrations, where a stampede killed at least 35 people.

The video shows uniformed officials holding back the crowd.

Shanghai NYE celebrations 'had been toned down'

This year's New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai's Bund area - where the stampede occurred - had been relocated from its previous location due to concerns about overcrowding, according to Shanghai Daily.

The news website reports that the celebration, which included a pop concert and firework display, was only open to an invited audience of some 2,000 people with others being encouraged to watch it on TV.

Last year, officials were reportedly surprised when nearly 300,000 people turned up leading to traffic chaos.

Photos appear to show paramedics helping wounded

Local media pictures show uniformed officials holding back the crowd Credit: APTV

Photographs circulating on social media purport to show people hurt in the stampede in Shanghai lying on the road while paramedics attend to them.

Other photos show long strings of uniformed officials holding back the surging crowd to allow the paramedics help those on the ground.

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