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Bothwell is off to a flying start

 

Peter Bothwell
Peter Bothwell

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell made an impressive start to his AIG Irish Open title defence in Dublin yesterday as he breezed in to the last 16.

The Hillsborough man swept aside the challenge of Slovakian Andrej Glvac 6-2, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Austria's Gibril Diarra today.

Bothwell said: "I"ve made a good start and I was really happy with the intensity that I played with."

However, Bothwell's younger brother Sam was unable to make it a family double as he bowed out to Irish Davis Cup team mate Simon Carr 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

It was a battling display by the 21-year-old, who looked to be on course for an upset when he confidently took the first set.

Bothwell missed a couple of break points in the second as Carr, who went through Ireland's recent Davis Cup campaign unbeaten, went on to take control in the decider.

In the women's event, Windsor's Karola Bejenaru booked a tough second round date with fifth seeded Dubliner Georgia Drummy following a 6-3, 6-4 win over Lithuanian Andre Lukusiute.

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