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Bothwell off to a flying start in Dublin title bid

 

On form: Sam Bothwell
On form: Sam Bothwell

By John Flack

Sam Bothwell got his Co Dublin Championship bid off to a winning start as he defeated Jonathan Garcia 7-5, 6-3 at Carrickmines last night.

The top seeded Hillsborough man was playing his first match on grass for five years but, after a tight first set, emerged a comfortable winner.

Bothwell will now face Dubliner Daryle Singh in the third round as he bids to land his first title of the season.

Lurgan's Caleb Ralston also opened his account with an impressive win.

Having reached the final of the Leinster Open last month, the Ulster champion continued his impressive run with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Waterford's Cian Maguire.

Ralston said: "I played two poor service games in the second set that cost me but I was pleased to regroup and get the job done in the third."

The 19-year-old, who is seeded sixth, will now meet either Charlie O'Kelly or Christian Duffy for a place in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, rain curtailed play at the Co Antrim Championship in Ballycastle yesterday but it didn't stop top seed Aaron Stubbs from booking a place in the quarter-finals.

The Donaghadee man had little difficulty disposing of Windsor's veteran Ireland international Jimmy Wilson 6-1, 6-1.

Second seed Karl Donaldson got his bid off to a flying start as he defeated John Mongan 6-1, 7-5 to progress.

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