Peter Corrie sensationally dismissed the second seed from the ITF junior world ranking tournament at Windsor last night when he defied the odds in more ways than one.
The 16-year-old Hilden ace defeated Ryan Gaskin 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 after being at the point of throwing in the towel when he damaged his groin after falling on court early in the second set.
However, after receiving treatment from the tournament physio he recovered to beat his English opponent, who at 525, is ranked 1,270 places higher on the world-list.
Corrie said: “I was in real pain after I fell and I honestly thought I would have to concede the match but the physio worked wonders and the injury loosened up after that.”
“While I was still in some pain, there was no way I was going to give up as I got closer to the finishing line and it was the best win of my career without a doubt.”
Corrie will now meet local rival Caleb Ralston after the Lurgan teenager defeated Italy’s Edoardo Graziani 7-6, 7-6 on an excellent day for the local lads.
Bangor’s Matthew O’Boyle made it through to the second round with an impressive 6-4, 6-4 win over the eighth seed Christopher Edge. Ben McClurg (Windsor) also progressed to the last 16 after defeating English visitor Rahul Dhokia 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
In the girls’ event, Windsor’s Laura Reid was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Lauren Armstrong as she booked a date with seventh-seeded Dubliner Anna Bowtell.
Reid said: “Exams have limited my tennis in recent weeks but I played well and playing on my home courts also helped.”
Selected results: (Ulster names first): boys singles: first round: Jordan McKeown lost to Douglas McIntosh (GBR) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Jakob Robb lost to Freddie Grant (GBR) 6-4. 6-0; Ben McClurg bt Rahul Dhokia (GBR) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Peter Corrie bt Ryan Gaskin (GBR) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3; Caleb Ralston bt Edoardo Graziani (Italy) 7-6, 7-6; Matthew O’Boyle bt Christopher Edge (GBR) 6-4, 6-4.
Girls singles: Laura Reid bt Lauren Armstrong (GBR) 6-2, 6-2; Mary Parkash lost to Summer Yardley (GBR) 6-0, 6-1; Sarah Cousins lost to Shauna Heffernan (IRL) 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.