European Open: Kyle Edmund wins to set up Gael Monfils final

British number one Kyle Edmund

British number one Kyle Edmund remains on course for his maiden ATP title after reaching the European Open final in Antwerp with a 6-3 6-4 win over 2016 champion Richard Gasquet.

The 23-year-old world number 15 and top seed beat Gasquet, the world number 28, in one hour 17 minutes.

Edmund will meet another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, in Sunday’s final.

Sixth seed Monfils, 32, who is now ranked 38 in the world, beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4.

Schwartzman, a beaten finalist in the tournament’s previous two editions, lost in one hour 17 minutes.

It ensured a French participant in the final for the third year in succession, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga taking the title in 2017.

Edmund broke in the second game against Gasquet and quickly built a 3-0 lead in the opening set, before wrapping up his third win in four meetings.

Meanwhile, in the Kremlin Cup, Russian sixth seed and world number 14 Daria Kasatkina, who beat Britain’s Johanna Konta in the semi-finals, won the women’s title with a 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

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No Halep, no Williams – who will win the WTA Finals?

Caroline Wozniacki won last year's WTA Finals

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki begins her WTA Finals campaign against Czech Karolina Pliskova in the opening night session on Sunday.

The Danish second seed has also been drawn in the same group as Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina.

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, top seed in Simona Halep’s absence, plays Kiki Bertens on Monday.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens – both debutants at the season finale – complete their group.

The tournament, which also includes a doubles event, has a total prize fund of £5.36m.

Singapore is hosting the season-ending WTA Finals for the last time before the event moves to Chinese city Shenzhen next year.

No Halep or Williams – who has qualified?

World number one Halep finished top of the Race to Singapore rankings after a stellar season that saw her win a maiden Grand Slam at the French Open in June.

However, the Romanian – a beaten finalist in 2014 – withdrew from the event on Thursday because of a lower-back injury.

That means Germany’s Kerber is the top seed, ahead of Australian Open winner Wozniacki, with the pair separated in the group stage draw and unable to meet before the semi-finals.

Three other Grand Slam winners – Osaka, Kvitova and Stephens – are also among the eight contenders.

Ukraine’s Svitolina and former world number one Pliskova qualified on Wednesday following Bertens’ defeat in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

But the Dutch player joined them in Singapore as the beneficiary of Halep’s withdrawal.

Another big name missing is 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who only returned midway through the season after having her first child and has not qualified.

The eight finalists posed for a selfie before the draw was made in Singapore on Friday

Wozniacki, who claimed her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January, comes into the finals having won the China Open this month.

“All the best players are here so there’s no easy matches,” Wozniacki said.

“I’m just excited to start the competition and do my best. As defending champion I want to defend my title and end the season on a high.”

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