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Bothwell is left gutted by tough Irish Open exit

Peter Bothwell
Peter Bothwell

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell's dream of a second successive AIG Irish Open men's singles title was shattered at the quarter-final stage in Dublin yesterday.

The Hillsborough man went down 7-6 4-6 7-3 to Davis Cup team-mate Simon Carr after a marathon tussle with the Westmeath native.

Bothwell had his chances but was unable to convert against an opponent who had been in ominously good form, with five straight wins in the recent international campaign in San Marino.

The Ulsterman had also impressed in the Davis Cup with a series of fine performances, playing at No.1 singles, so something had to give yesterday.

Bothwell, who had lifted the coveted trophy for the first time last August, was naturally disappointed.

He said: "I'm obviously gutted to have lost, having felt like I was playing pretty well and making lots of chances for myself.

"I felt like it was there to be won so, hopefully, next time I'll come through and take a few more of the opportunities I create."

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