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Thomson's Irish Open odyssey ends
24 Jul 2015 21:09
Bjorn Thomson’s fairytale run at the Irish Open finally came to an end today as he succumbed to Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool in the semi finals, 6-3 6-4.
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The first set at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club was dominated by serve with Glasspool gaining the solitary break when leading by four games to three.
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The second set was once again a nip and tuck affair, with Thomson serving first and keeping his nose in front for the first seven games. Thomson also managed to forge a rare break-point opportunity in the eighth game as Glasspool served at 3-4 30-40. Not for the first time however, Glasspool unleashed a powerful first serve and, although he was able to get a racket on it, Thomson was unable to get the ball back in play.
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Having saved that break point opportunity, Glasspool went on the offensive in the next game and his greater weight of shot ultimately broke Thomson down, as he captured the break of serve and shortly after held serve once more to complete his victory.
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The second semi-final was the match of the tournament thus far, as Daniel Smethurst edged Dan Evans in a pulsating affair. Evans got off to a flyer in the first set, winning the first five games and ultimately winning it 6-1.
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The second set was tighter with both players holding serve with ease up until the score reached 4-4. At that point it looked as if Evans was going to secure the vital break as he created numerous break-point chances. Smethurst dug in however, and managed to hold and then quickly break Evans to win the set 6-4.
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The third set featured tennis of the highest quality as both players traded breaks of serve as the momentum ebbed and flowed. It was Smethurst who ultimately proved the more solid however, winning the third set and with it the match, 7-5.
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The evening match featured an all-Irish doubles final between the number one seeds, Sam Barry and David O’Hare and the teenage team of Bjorn Thomson and Simon Carr. In another high-quality match, the first two sets where split with O’Hare and Barry winning the first 6-3 before Thomson and Carr hit back, winning the second 6-2.
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This meant it all came down to a Champions tie break, in which Barry and O’Hare’s extra experience ultimately won through, as they raced out to an early lead and ultimately held on to win it 10-3.
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