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Bothwell looks on the bright side after singles loss


By John Flack

Peter Bothwell had mixed fortunes at the $15,000 tournament in Nottingham yesterday, losing in the quarter-finals of the singles but progressing to the doubles decider.

The Ulster man went down 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to wild card entry Finn Bass but he had some consolation when he teamed up with Luke Johnson to beat a British pair later in the day.

Bothwell had high hopes of making the semi-finals of the singles against the 17-year-old from London, who is ranked 1,952 in the world.

However, Bass is just setting out on his professional career so his place is on the world-list is a little misleading.

Bothwell did have his chances and, after taking the first set, he had two break points for a 2-0 lead in the second which he was unable to convert.

But Bass prevailed in a tight third set, leaving the 21-year-old from Hillsborough regretting a few missed opportunities.

Bothwell said: "It was an extremely close match and I couldn't take my chances unfortunately."

"There was only one break-point in the entire third set and he managed to convert it but at least I got through to the doubles final after another tight match."

Bothwell and Johnson defeated Ben Jones and Neil Pauffley 3-6, 7-6 (10-8) in the semi-final and will now meet Romain Bauvy (France) and Fran Zgombic (Croatia) in the decider.

There was disappointment for Peter's younger brother, Sam, as the 18-year-old, partnered by Russian Dimitry Volotin lost their doubles semi-final at a similar tournament in Tunisia.

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