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Thursday 21 August 2014

It's a day of mixed emotions for Jakob

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Jakob Robb at Windsor Tennis Club
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Jakob Robb at Windsor Tennis Club

Peter Bothwell will be hoping to secure his first world ranking points today in Yorkshire having reached the first round proper of a £9,000 tournament in Frinton.

The Hillsborough teenager came through qualifying to earn a meeting with 20-year-old Scot Bruce Strachan this morning.

Bothwell, who is based at the Soto Academy in Spain, has already beaten Strachan at another ranking tournament in Bournemouth this summer.

But that match was played on clay so Bothwell is expecting a much tougher contest today against Strachan, who already has four main draw wins under his belt.

"Although I beat him in straight sets in that match, he will be a totally different proposition on grass with his big serve," he said.

Meanwhile, Jakob Robb had mixed fortunes on the opening day of the Co Antrim senior championships in Ballycastle yesterday following his impressive triumph at the weekend.

The Windsor teenager beat three seeds on the way to winning the West Dublin U-16 title at Castleknock on Saturday.

He followed up that success with an opening 6-3 7-6 win over Stephen McDowell in Ballycastle, but then he lost his second round clash with third seed Gareth McGreevy of Newcastle, 6-2 6-2.

"The first match was pretty straightforward and I won the tie break 7-2, although Stephen played much better in the second set," Jakob explained.

"There was a lot of waiting around because of rain and the soggy grass courts became an issue against Gareth, who is an experienced grass court player."

However, in their junior competition, being run simultaneously, Jakob's younger brother Anton kept the family flag flying in the U-14 boys' event as he overcame Ellis Cubitt (ATT/Bangor) 7-5 6-3.

Amongst the other younger players stepping up, Chris Neil-Smith (ATT/Bangor) had a fine 6-2 6-0 win over Kyle Watts.

In the second round, he met second seed and club mate Karl Donaldson, who won 6-1 6-1.

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