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Bothwell is left flying the flag in £25k Irish Open

 

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell is the sole local survivor in the singles events at the Irish Open after reaching the quarter-finals of the £25,000 world ranking tournament in Dublin yesterday.

The 22-year-old from Hillsborough was involved in a marathon battle with Joel Cannell, coming from behind to defeat the Englishman 3-6 6-4 7-6.

However, there was disappointment for Jordan McKeown.

The 18-year-old Bangor lad, who picked up his first professional ranking point after winning in the first round, lost 6-1 6-4 to third-seeded French visitor Hugo Voltajacques.

McKeown said: "This tournament has provided me with invaluable experience and I will come out of it a better player."

Karola Bejenaru also made her exit from the women's event, losing 6-0 6-2 to France's Alice Robbe in the second round yesterday.

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