Edan Lashem follows Sela out of Washington Open
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Edan Lashem follows Sela out of Washington Open

Israeli youngster's first ATP world tour match ends in a battling defeat against Marcos Baghdatis

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Edan Leshem won the deciding rubber for Israel
Edan Leshem won the deciding rubber for Israel

Israeli youngster Edan Leshem produced a battling performance against the world number 77 as he lost his first competitive match on the ATP world tour at the Citi Open.

The 20-year-old, who’s ranked 262 in the world, gave as good as he got in the first set, taking the first set to a tiebreak, before losing it 7-1. A four-hour rain delay then preceded the start of the second set, which was an entirely different affair, as his Cypriot opponent, who has been as highly ranked as 8 in the world, cantered to a 6-0 win in the second set.

Speaking afterwards, Leshem said: “Marcos played very good today, especially on the second set, and I didn’t come with enough focus for the second set after the rain delay.

“I just think I didn’t come back from the rain delay, I wasn’t there on the court, I didn’t play the tennis I did in the first set.”

Leshem’s defeat came less than 24 hours after Dudi Sela suffered a first round exit on Monday evening.

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