Chelsea beat Man City to reach Women's FA Cup final

Chelsea beat Man City to reach Women's FA Cup final
Chelsea beat Man City to reach Women's FA Cup final

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Chelsea kept their bid for a treble alive, and ended rivals Manchester City’s in the process, with a deserved Women’s FA Cup semi-final victory.

Fran Kirby’s brace sent Chelsea through to face Arsenal in 5 May’s Wembley final, after the Gunners beat Everton.

The in-form forward took advantage when England captain Steph Houghton misjudged a long ball early on.

Kirby also raced clear and calmly slotted home after Jen Beattie’s similar error in the second half.

Holders City disappointed going forward but ultimately it was centre-halves Houghton and Beattie’s uncharacteristic errors from high, route-one balls that saw their reign end.

Kirby latched on to both situations clinically and showed her class with two calm finishes, sending her side in to their third FA Cup final in four seasons, and fourth since 2012.

For Women’s Super League One leaders Chelsea, victory kept them on course for a league, FA Cup and European treble, ahead of April’s two-legged Women’s Champions League semi-final against German club Wolfsburg.

Man City, who are three points behind Chelsea in WSL 1 with a game in hand, were left to focus on the title race and their European bid, with holders Lyon awaiting the Citizens in the last four of the Champions League.

Arsenal had beaten Everton earlier on Sunday, setting up a London derby for the final, which will be held at Wembley for only the fourth time.

Both semi-finals were broadcast live on the BBC for the first time in the competition’s 48-year history, while over 3,000 fans were at Kingsmeadow to see Chelsea’s hard-fought win.

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Line-ups

Chelsea Ladies

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Bright
  • 18Mjelde
  • 16Eriksson
  • 3Blundell
  • 17Chapman
  • 2ThorisdottirSubstituted forFlahertyat 65′minutes
  • 20Andersson
  • 24SpenceBooked at 67mins
  • 14KirbySubstituted forDavisonat 81′minutes
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forAlukoat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Flaherty
  • 7Davison
  • 9Aluko
  • 12Spencer

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 23McManus
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 11Christiansen
  • 17Parris
  • 10NadimSubstituted forEmslieat 62′minutes
  • 12StanwayBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Jans
  • 4Middag
  • 16Ross
  • 22Emslie

Attendance:
3,048

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea LadiesAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Manchester City Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Manchester City Women 0.

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Nikita Parris.

Booking

Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Claire Emslie.

Foul by Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women).

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Drew Spence.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Gemma Davison replaces Francesca Kirby.

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Jennifer Beattie.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Erin Cuthbert because of an injury.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea Ladies 2, Manchester City Women 0. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Millie Bright.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Katie Chapman.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Hedvig Lindahl.

Attempt saved. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Gilly Flaherty replaces Maria Thorisdottir because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Claire Emslie replaces Nadia Nadim.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Ladies).

Attempt saved. Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies).

Attempt missed. Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

Torres scores 100th La Liga goal in Atletico win

Torres scores 100th La Liga goal in Atletico win
Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres scored his 100th La Liga goal as Atletico Madrid beat Levante in the week it was announced he would leave this summer.

The 34-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, who has not been a first-team regular this season, came on for Antoine Griezmann and volleyed home Atletico’s third from 10 yards.

Angel Correa and Griezmann smashed in Atletico’s first two goals.

The Europa League semi-finalists remain in second, 11 points behind Barcelona.

Atletico, who have won their last 10 home games with conceding once, face Arsenal over two legs on 26 April and 3 May.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 16Vrsaljko
  • 15Savic
  • 2Godín
  • 19HernándezBooked at 29mins
  • 11Correa
  • 6KokeSubstituted forGabiat 62′minutes
  • 8Ñíguez
  • 23Machín PérezSubstituted forJuanfranat 78′minutes
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 41minsSubstituted forTorresat 58′minutes
  • 21Gameiro

Substitutes

  • 9Torres
  • 14Gabi
  • 20Juanfran
  • 24Giménez
  • 25Werner
  • 30Olabe
  • 54Agüero

Levante

  • 13Olazábal
  • 19LópezBooked at 34mins
  • 18Cabaco
  • 4Suárez Pier
  • 30AbeidSubstituted forRodríguez Benitoat 78′minutes
  • 23Remeseiro SalgueiroSubstituted forLópez Álvarezat 45′minutes
  • 8Lerma
  • 24Campaña
  • 11Morales
  • 9Martí
  • 7SadikuSubstituted forBardhiat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Rodríguez Benito
  • 10Bardhi
  • 14López Álvarez
  • 15Postigo
  • 17Pazzini
  • 20Lukic
  • 27Ruiz Ojeda
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
58,043

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamLevante
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 0.

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

Roger Martí (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jefferson Lerma (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Fernando Torres tries a through ball, but Kevin Gameiro is caught offside.

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roger Martí (Levante).

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Roger Martí (Levante).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Juanfran replaces Vitolo.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Chema Rodríguez replaces Aly Abeid.

Goal!

Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Levante 0. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ángel Correa with a cross.

Attempt saved. Roger Martí (Levante) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by José Campaña.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Sime Vrsaljko.

Attempt missed. Vitolo (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Gameiro.

Attempt saved. José Campaña (Levante) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Diego Godín.

Attempt missed. Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabi with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aly Abeid (Levante).

Foul by Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid).

Pedro López (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Gabi replaces Koke.

Attempt blocked. Ivi (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Lerma.

Attempt blocked. José Luis Morales (Levante) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Lerma.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Fernando Torres replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rober Pier.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Jefferson Lerma.

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid).

Enis Bardhi (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Hernández.

Goal!

Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Levante 0. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sime Vrsaljko.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by José Campaña.

Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Correa.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Aly Abeid.

Second Half

Second Half begins Atlético de Madrid 1, Levante 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Ivi replaces Jason.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Enis Bardhi replaces Armando Sadiku.

Half Time

First Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Levante 0.

goal

Leaders St Helens lose at Wakefield

Leaders St Helens lose at Wakefield
Liam Finn

Betfred Super League
Wakefield (22) 24
Tries: Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Horo, Tupou Goals: Finn 4
St Helens (14) 20
Tries: Percival 2, Makinson, Douglas Goals: Richardson 2

Wakefield held off a spirited fightback from Super League leaders St Helens to end their run of five defeats.

The visitors got off the the perfect start when Mark Percival went over in the first minute but scores from Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Justin Horo and Bill Tupou put the hosts in charge.

Tommy Makinson and Percival’s second got Saints back in the contest before the break.

Luke Douglas closed the gap further but Trinity were not to be denied.

Victory for Chris Chester’s men consigned the leaders to just their second defeat of the season.

The hosts took the game away from Saints when they ran in four unanswered tries in 18 first-half minutes, with Tupou’s powerful effort the pick of the bunch.

The visitors threatened to cap a superb comeback when Danny Richardson’s kick reduced the gap to two points but Liam Finn knocked over his fourth goal of the day and the hosts managed to hang on despite late pressure.

Wakefield visit Salford on Friday while Saints will look to get back to winning ways when they host struggling Huddersfield the same night.

Wakefield coach Chris Chester:

“I aged about 10 years in the last five minutes but I couldn’t be more proud of my players.

“We’ve been there or thereabouts for the last five games and it’s nice to win a tight one today. I feel we deserve it and it will do the players a world of good.

“I’m really pleased, it means I can sleep a bit better tonight.

“The players copped a fair bit but they stuck together and came up with a really good performance. Barring the first couple of minutes, I thought we were very good.”

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook:

“I was disappointed with our effort today. It was a close game but we couldn’t come away with the win.

“Full credit to Wakefield, I thought they just worked harder than us.

“Obviously we kept going to the end but when you look back (at) that 18-minute period, it cost us. It was unlike us to let some soft tries in.”

Wakefield: Grix, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Arundel, Tupou, Miller, Finn, Huby, Randell, Hirst, Ashurst, Kirmond, Horo.

Replacements: Wood, England, Arona, Baldwinson.

St Helens: Barba, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Richardson, Amor, Smith, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin.

Replacements: Fages, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles.

Referee: Gareth Hewer (RFL).

Exeter win at London Irish to seal home semi-final

Exeter win at London Irish to seal home semi-final
Sam Simmonds surges past a London Irish player to score

Aviva Premiership
London Irish (0) 5
Try: Cokanasiga
Exeter (21) 45
Tries: Moon, S. Simmonds 3, Lees, Yeandle Cons: Steenson 6 Pens: Steenson

Sam Simmonds scored a hat-trick as Exeter outclassed London Irish to seal a top-two finish and put their opponents on the verge of relegation.

The Premiership leaders were 21-0 up after a dominant first half, with two Simmonds tries after Ben Moon’s opener.

England forward Simmonds ended a fine move for his treble but Joe Cokanasiga scored to get Irish off the mark.

With the bonus point sealed Mitch Lees and Jack Yeandle went over to make it six tries in all for Exeter.

Saracens’ five-point victory at Bath means Exeter stay eight points clear of their nearest rivals, with a home play-off semi-final confirmed.

The hosts stay nine points adrift of Worcester at the bottom and need bonus-point wins from their final games against Saracens and Bath to have a chance of staying up.

Irish’s defeat was compounded by injuries to a number of players, including Max Northcote-Green and Tommy Bell, who both went off in the first half.

Simmonds’ first came from a slick counter-attacking move, with his third try taking him just one behind Worcester’s Josh Adams, the Premiership’s leading scorer.

Returning captain Gareth Steenson put in a faultless kicking display, with seven out of seven, including several from out wide.

It took Declan Kidney’s side 55 minutes to register their only points, Cokanasiga shrugging off two players to squeeze over, and they barely threatened otherwise.

London Irish technical consultant Declan Kidney told BBC Radio Berkshire:

“It was a tough day – Exeter were full value for their win and were very efficient when they got within five metres of our line.

“I think sometimes you put your hands up when you come up across a side who’ve played well.

“They came here to make it a good arm wrestle and they won those collisions.”

On their thin hopes of avoiding relegation: “There’s nine points in and there’s still 10 points to play for, so we’ll keep fighting.”

Exeter Chiefs forwards coach Rob Hunter told BBC Radio Devon:

“We targeted a fast start coming into this game – Irish had been getting points up on the board really early in the last couple of games.

It’s obviously a great scoreline and to maintain our focus throughout, in terms of our kicking, territory and defensive game was also really satisfying.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re going through the gears a bit over the next couple of weeks, not trying to manage ourselves. We’ve got to make sure we take momentum into the play-offs.”

London Irish: Bell; Cokanasiga, Fowlie, Brophy Clews, Lewington; Marshall, Van Zyl; Franks, Paice, Hoskins, Van der Merwe (capt), De Chaves, McNally, Northcote-Green, Treviranus.

Replacements: Porecki, Reid, Du Plessis, Basham, Schatz, Steele, Mulchrone, Tikoirotuma.

Exeter Chiefs: Turner; Nowell, Slade, Whitten, Cordero; Steenson (capt), White; Moon, Cowan-Dickie, Francis, Lees, J. Hill, Ewers, Armand, S. Simmonds.

Replacements: Yeandle, Low, Williams, Skinner, Waldrom, Townsend, S. Hill, O’Flaherty.

Referee: JP Doyle.

Were Commonwealth Games a success or failure for home nations?

Were Commonwealth Games a success or failure for home nations?
Nile Wilson and Katie Archibald

England were soundly beaten by Australia, Scotland and Wales had their best overseas results, and Northern Ireland matched their medal total of four years ago – but what is the reality behind the Commonwealth Games numbers?

Including the Isle of Man’s sole silver, the home nations won 229 medals between them. However, hosts Australia accumulated 198, just 31 fewer, all by themselves on the Gold Coast.

2018 medal table

Gold Coast 2018 final medal table: 1st Australia, 2nd England, 3rd India, 7th Wales, 8th Scotland, 20th Northern Ireland

2014 medal table

Glasgow 2014 final medal table: 1st England, 2nd Australia, 3rd Canada, 4th Scotland, 13th Wales, 15th Northern Ireland

Underperforming England?

England leave Australia with a haul of 136 medals but it was a mixed Games for some well-known faces.

According to data analysts Gracenote Sports, Gold Coast 2018 was England’s second-worst performance in the 21 editions of the Commonwealths. They won 16.2% of the medals available, only delivering a lower percentage at Melbourne 2006 (15%) – which was also staged in the northern hemisphere spring.

“These championships come very early in the season for athletics,” American eight-time world champion Michael Johnson told BBC Sport.

“Most athletes aren’t used to running multiple rounds in April.”

Sprinter Adam Gemili, who withdrew from the men’s 100m final with injury, said: “We all knew it was going to be in April and had plenty of time to prepare for that. It shouldn’t be an excuse.”

The Gold Coast Bulletin

What do the stats say?: 16.2% of all medals won at the Games were by England, down from the 21% share of medals they claimed at Glasgow 2014.

Winners: Diver Jack Laugher and gymnast Nile Wilson both leave with three golds, while there was a stunning gold for the netball team on the final day. On the athletics track, England’s sprint relay teams won double gold.

Disappointments: Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock was tipped to be one of the stars on the Gold Coast, but had to settle for silver on the pommel horse and missed out on a medal on the floor. Swimmer Adam Peaty was beaten in the 50m breaststroke final and Alastair and Jonny Brownlee finished off the podium in the men’s triathlon.

What they said

BBC commentator and 1983 world 1500m champion Steve Cram

“As a direct historical comparison, without the Para-sport events that have been added at recent Games, it is the worst Commonwealth Games performance of any England team in track and field.

“You have to take note of that.”

Sarah Winckless, chef de mission for England, on the criticism the team has faced

“There’s never a nailed-on gold in sport. Commonwealth medals are incredibly hard to get.

“I think ‘woeful’ would be very, very unkind – and, in fact, unnecessary – for the amazing performances that we have had. For us, we’ve got really close to our best ever away performance – we didn’t quite achieve it.”

Scottish smiles

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“You sometimes feel embarrassed about over-egging the pride of wearing the Scotland jersey, but this meant so much.”

That was cyclist Katie Archibald’s reaction when she claimed individual pursuit gold in what would prove to be Scotland’s most successful away Commonwealth Games.

They won 44 medals on the Gold Coast – 14 more than the team’s pre-Games target and only nine fewer than four years ago at home in Glasgow.

What do the stats say?: Outside the Commonwealth Games, which Scotland have hosted, Gold Coast 2018 was the country’s best since 1982 in terms of the 5.2% share of medals won, according to Gracenote.

Winners: Duncan Scott, Scotland’s closing ceremony flagbearer, won six swimming medals, including a stunning 100m freestyle gold, while Grace Reid became the first Scottish diver to win Commonwealth gold. Alex Marshall is now the country’s most successful Commonwealth competitor after a fifth gold. Para-cyclist Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham won double gold at the velodrome.

Disappointments: Lynsey Sharp failed to qualify from the 800m heats despite winning silver four years ago in Glasgow.

What they said

Scotland chef de mission Jon Doig

“When you look at these Games, the fact we’ve had medals across so many sports and medals coming in every day has been absolutely fantastic.

“It’s our best ever overseas games, we’re very, very happy. We can’t affect what other people do. All I can say is every athlete was fully committed, passionate and left nothing on the table when they were competing for Scotland.”

Welsh youth shines

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Wales enjoyed a successful Commonwealth Games, equalling their record total from Glasgow with 36 medals and doubling their tally of five golds from four years ago.

There were five medals in the shooting, while Gareth Evans won gold in the men’s -69kg weightlifting and teenage gymnast Latalia Bevan was a surprise silver medallist on the floor.

And while she did not win a medal, 11-year-old Anna Hursey more than impressed in the table tennis, helping Wales to the quarter-finals of the team event.

What do the stats say?: Gold Coast 2018 was the best Commonwealth Games for Wales with a 4.1% share of medals, beating Edinburgh 1986 and Auckland 1990 (both 4.0%).

Winners: Cyclist Elinor Barker produced a stunning performance to win points race gold, Hollie Arnold set a world record with her final throw to claim the F46 javelin title and Sammy Lee and Lauren Price won boxing golds.

Disappointments: Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene was forced to withdraw because of injury, while swimmer Jazz Carlin failed to defend her 800m freestyle title from Glasgow, finishing sixth in the final.

What they said

Wales chef de mission Nicola Phillips

“The future looks very bright when you look at the number of teenagers we had in the squad. Those teenagers were fearless.

“They weren’t put off by being in a field of world champions or world record holders.”

Northern Ireland equal Glasgow haul

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Northern Ireland matched their total of 12 medals from Glasgow four years ago with the sole gold coming from 18-year-old gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, who beat Olympic champion Whitlock to win the pommel title – his nation’s first Commonwealth medal in artistic gymnastics.

Eight of the medals came in the boxing ring, while sprinter Leon Reid won 200m bronze and Kirsty Barr and Gareth McAuley won trap silver and skeet bronze respectively on the shooting range.

What do the stats say?: Northern Ireland’s performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games was slightly down on 2010 and 2014, but 2018 was one of the country’s top three performances in the competition since 1994.

Winners: McClenaghan’s gymnastics gold was the defining moment of the Games for Northern Ireland.

Disappointments: Despite winning eight medals, Northern Ireland’s boxers may well feel there should have been some golds among them. Michaela Walsh thought she had beaten Skye Nicolson in the featherweight final, but three of the five judges scored the bout in favour of the Australian.

What they said

Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan

“There is a lot more to come from Northern Ireland and after these Games, I think we’ll have a big spike in terms of participation and also performance level of athletes.”

Britain's Edmund loses maiden ATP Tour final

Britain's Edmund loses maiden ATP Tour final
Kyle Edmund

British number one Kyle Edmund lost his maiden ATP Tour final as he was beaten by Spain’s Pablo Andujar at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakesh.

Andujar, 32, a two-time former champion who has fallen to 355th in the world after a series of elbow operations, won 6-2 6-2 in 83 minutes.

Edmund, 23, won twice on Saturday but struggled on a slow surface and had his service broken six times.

Andujar’s fourth career title was his first since the Swiss Open in 2014.

Previously ranked as high as 32nd, Andujar is the lowest-ranked ATP singles champion since Lleyton Hewitt won the Adelaide International in 1998 ranked 550th in the world.

Despite the loss, Edmund will rise to a career-high of 23rd in the world rankings.

He is set to compete in the Monte Carlo Masters, which began on Sunday in Monaco.