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Bothwell made to pay for missed chances after quick exit in Egypt

 

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell made a disappointing first round exit from the $15,000 ITF tournament in Egypt yesterday to spoil a celebration that he enjoyed earlier in the week.

The 22-year-old from Hillsborough went down in two sets, losing 6-4 6-3 to unfancied Czech player Filip Duda.

Duda is ranked a lowly 1,189th on the world ladder whereas Bothwell reached a career-high 654th when the updated list was announced on Monday.

The Irish Davis Cup player has also achieved a best-ever doubles ranking of 589th, which will be put to the test in Egypt later in the week.

Bothwell won his third professional doubles title a fortnight ago but has been having difficulty translating his rich vein of form on to the singles courts in recent weeks.

Yesterday, after losing the first set in a close contest, he survived a break point at the start of the second and looked capable of taking the match to the wire.

However, missed chances were to prove to be his downfall.

Bothwell said: "The conditions were difficult as it was very windy and I played okay, but I only converted one out of seven break points which obviously didn't help my cause."

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