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Bothwell admits better man won after his first-round exit in Roehampton

 

Peter Bothwell made a disappointing first-round exit from the $15,000 ITF tournament in Roehampton yesterday.

The 21-year-old Ulsterman lost 6-1 6-1 to British player Lloyd Glasspool, his occasional doubles partner.

Bothwell didn't have the luck of the draw as the Birmingham native is seeded third and is a more experienced player.

The Irish Davis Cup player had no answer to Glasspool's booming serve, which he didn't drop during the course of the 49-minute match.

Bothwell said: "Sometimes you just have to admit you were beaten by the better player on the day.

"He just had too much power and accuracy but I will try to learn from my mistakes and move on."

The Hillsborough man has therefore been left to concentrate on the doubles after reaching the final of a similar tournament in Nottingham last week.

There was also disappointment for Windsor's Karola Bejenaru, who failed to make the main draw of a $15k event in Madrid. The 20-year-old Romanian, who was struggling with an ongoing hip issue, lost in three sets to Brazilian Alice Garcia.

Bejenaru will have physio on the injury before competing in two more tournaments on the pro tour in Portugal next month.

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