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Thomson into Irish Open semi-finals
23 Jul 2015 21:09
Ireland’s Bjorn Thomson had another terrific victory at The FBD Insurance Irish Open when he overcame Britain’s Jamie Whiteford to take his place in the semi-finals of the tournament tomorrow.
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Thomson, who is aged just 17 and had to come through the qualifying rounds, beat his more experienced opponent 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a fluctuating contest.
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Thomson began nervously, losing his opening two service games as he allowed his English opponent to dominate play - the Irishman lacked power and accuracy in his shots.
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Thomson, who although born in Birmingham represents Ireland as a result of his Limerick-born mother, was a changed player in the second set, however, winning the opening four games as he moved his opponent from side to side as well as hitting some beautiful backhand winners. Thomson took the set 6-2 when Whiteford, who was becoming very frustrated, hit a backhand into the net on set point.
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The crucial moment of the third set came when Thomson gained a break of serve in the sixth game after the English player hit a forehand out. The Irishman held his nerve and went on to win the decider 6-3 when Whiteford made another forehand error on match point.
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Thomson, who is currently on a scholarship at the Nick Bollettieri academy, will play Lloyd Glasspool in the semi-finals, who caused a shock when beating the fifth seed Mick Lescure 7-6, 6-1.
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Ireland’s Sam Barry suffered a disappointing loss to Dan Evans of Great Britain. The Limerick man, who was second seed, lost a surprisingly one sided contest 6-3, 6-3.
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Barry lost his first service game when he hit a forehand out on break point and that one break of serve enabled Evans to win the opening set 6-3.
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The Englishman, who has played at Wimbledon three times and has beaten Kei Nishikori, Bernard Tomic and Philipp Kohlschreiber among others, was always in control in the opening set, playing some excellent tennis.
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Barry appeared to be gaining a foothold in the contest when he broke the Englishman's serve early in the second set to lead 3-1 but Evans reeled off the next five games to close out the match 6-3, 6-3.
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It was a disappointing performance from the Irish Number 2, who appeared to be lacking confidence and made numerous unforced errors but Evans, who has been ranked as high as 123 in the World, looks the favourite for the tournament.
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He will play Daniel Smethurst in the semi-finals as the fourth seed had a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tom Farquharson. The 24-year-old, who played in Wimbledon last year, has a big serve and forehand and was in control throughout the contest.
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The doubles finals takes place tomorrow evening with four Irish players involved. Top seeds Sam Barry and David O’Hare play Bjorn Thomson and Simon Carr, who is a son of former Dublin player and manager Tommy Carr.
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