Barry and Glancy progress to Irish Open quarter-finals at Fitzwilliam
But Colin O’Brien defeated by third seed Tom Farquharson
Ireland’s Sam Barry (Ireland) vs B in action during his victory over Benjamin Lock (Zimbabwe) at Fitzwilliam LTC yesterday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho
Two Irish players are through to today’s quarter-finals of the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam.
Fourth seed Sam Barry defeated Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe 6-1 6-3. The Limerick man started very impressively serving particularly well while Lock, who came through the qualifiers, was extremely nervous.
The Zimbabwe player a settled down in the second set which was a lot closer before Barry prevailed 6-3.
The points were longer as Lock became more aggressive despite losing his serve early on. Indeed, he had a break point on Barry’s serve at 5-3 to the Irish player but Barry hit a winning forehand before serving out the match.
The Irish number two plays Maxime Tchoutakin of France in the next round.
Daniel Glancy recorded an impressive 6-2 6-4 victory over Alexander Jhun. The British man’s tactics were to sit back and hope for mistakes from Glancy but the Mayo man was way too consistent from the back of the court.
He also had more power and accuracy in his shots while Jhun lacked any real weapons.
Glancy, who made his Davis Cup debut earlier this year, also hit numerous winners from the baseline while his serve has improved in the last year.
Colin O’Brien was defeated by third seed Tom Farquharson in three sets losing the deciding set 6-2. The Malahide man played poorly in the opening set and failed to win a game as he lost 6-0.
He improved significantly in the second set becoming more aggressive with his forehand as he went on to win 6-4.
The third seed upped his performance in the decider breaking O’Brien’s serve early in the set and closing out the match.
In other tennis news, Irish number one James McGee had a great victory in a challenger tournament in Kentucky The Castleknock man beat 4th seed and World number 136 Alex Kuznetsov 6-2, 3-6,7-5.
Albano Olivetti (1) bt Jathan Malik 6-4, 6-7, 6-3
Marcus Daniell (6) bt Blazej Koniusz 7-6, 7-6
Sam Barry (4) bt Benjamin Lock 6-1, 6-3
Maxime Tchoutakian bt Scott Duncan 6-2, 6-1
Daniel Glancy bt Alexander Jhun 6-2, 6-4
Tom Farquharson bt Colin O’Brien 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
Richard Gabb bt William Boe-Wiegaard 7-5, 7-6
Daniel Cox bt Sam Hutt 6-7, 6-0, 6-4