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Bothwell glad to power into the quarters in style

 

Top seed Peter Bothwell breezed into the quarter-finals of the Johnston Campbell North of Ireland Open last night at Hillsborough. (stock photo)
Top seed Peter Bothwell breezed into the quarter-finals of the Johnston Campbell North of Ireland Open last night at Hillsborough. (stock photo)

By John Flack

Top seed Peter Bothwell breezed into the quarter-finals of the Johnston Campbell North of Ireland Open last night at Hillsborough.

Making his debut at the tournament being staged on the courts where he learned the sport as a child at the Downshire club, he overpowered local teen Dylan Leeman to advance to the last eight on a 6-0 6-0 scoreline.

The 23-year-old had left no stone unturned in his preparations, despite the fact he was a hot favourite to dismiss the Hawarden youngster.

Bothwell headed straight to the club - which is a stone's throw away from his home - after getting off a plane from his Spanish base to practice for the match.

He said: "I hadn't played on astroturf for a long time, so I wanted to get used to the unfamiliar surface and hit a few balls to get my footwork right as I am more used to playing on clay on the pro tour."

Bothwell will face a tougher test in the quarter-finals tonight as he will play Ulster inter-pro player Alex Watt, who eliminated seeded Dublin man Dorian Kos 7-6 6-3 last night despite having to come through qualifying.

Title holder Jordan McKeown, from Bangor, also progressed after coming from behind to beat Malahide's Dan O'Neill 2-6 6-3 6-2 to set up a meeting with Caleb Ralston as he bids for revenge after losing to the Lurgan man at the junior ITF last year at Windsor.

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