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Peter Corrie makes dream European debut, as Leeman bows out in Belfast

 

By John Flack

Peter Corrie is into the last 32 of the European Under-18 Championships after securing the best win of his career to date in Switzerland yesterday.

The Hilden player defeated Latvian Artur Kulibaba 6-4 6-3 on his debut for Ireland at this level and the 17-year-old will now meet Dutch boy Ryan Nijboer in the third round.

Corrie won't be favourite against Nijboer, who is 51 on the world ladder, but, after yesterday's display, he will be approaching the match in confident mood.

Kulibaba has already competed on the professional tour and is ranked 470 in the world at junior level - some 600 places higher than Corrie.

Corrie said: "I played well as I had to and any win at a tournament of this kind with all the top players in Europe competing is a good one."

Corrie's selection for the national team meant he was unable to defend his title at the Belfast City ITF tournament at Windsor, where local interest was ended yesterday with defeat for Jessica Leeman.

The Hawarden teenager lost 6-1 1-6 6-4 in her quarter-final with fourth-seeded English girl Elisa Meeteren.

In blustery conditions, Leeman looked to be in sight of a place in the last four when she fought back to dominate the second set.

However, she was broken in the ninth game of the decider and her opponent served out to take the match.

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