Locals achieve mixed results at Irish Open
Top seed Sam Barry secures 6-3, 6-3 victory over wild card Peter Bothwell
David O’Hare: Put up a great fight against Yannick Jankovits. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
There was mixed success for the eight Irish players in action on the opening day of the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club yesterday.
In an all-Irish clash, top seed Sam Barry had a 6-3, 6-3 victory over wild card Peter Bothwell. Barry broke the Ulsterman’s serve in the opening game and this sole break was enough to give the Limerick man the opening set despite Bothwell showing great resolve and determination against his more experienced opponent. Barry’s big hitting game proved too strong in the second set which he went on to win 6-3.
Aggressive playRob DudleySimon Ede
Seventh seedDaniel GlancyIsaac Stoute
Donnybrook’s David O’Hare put up a great fight against fourth seed Yannick Jankovits before losing in a tight three set match. O’Hare took the first set on a tie-break and was 4-2 up in the second set before some nerves appeared to set in as the Frenchman won four games in a row to take the second set and went on to win the third set 6-3.
Brendan Dempsey lost 7-6, 6-1 to Bruce Strachan. Dempsey, who came through the qualifying rounds, broke serve early on as Strachan showed signs of nerves and his play was very inconsistent while the Irishman began with some great tennis.