Corrie scoops men's title at Bidston
The Wirral leg of one of Britain’s most competitive tennis tournaments has taken place at Bidston Tennis and Sports Centre.
The Aegon GB Pro-Series men’s singles title was taken by British no. 10 Ed Corrie, who beat British no. 7 Dan Smethurst 6-4 6-1.
The first break point of the match fell to Smethurst at 4-4, which was saved, and in the following game Corrie had a break point & set point of his own, taking it to capture the first set 6-4. Building on the momentum from this, Corrie then raced away with the second set to give him his second title in three weeks.
After the match, singles champion Ed Corrie spoke to the crowd, saying: “This has been a great few weeks for me, and potentially pushes my ranking into the top 400 for the first time. It’s great playing in front of such a good crowd, and I would also like to thank the ball crew today who were first class.”
The doubles title was claimed by Lewis Burton and Neal Skupski, who defeated James Cluskey and Sean Thornley in a 1 hour 30 minute match showcasing power, touch and quick reflexes.
The Aegon GB Pro-Series took place at Wirral Tennis & Sports Centre, Bidston between the 3rd and 9th of February. Players ranked between 150 and 500 in the world battled it out for a ten thousand dollar prize.
Cllr Chris Meaden, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure said:
“The event has been so competitive and I’m delighted that so many sports fans turned out to witness some international tennis stars of the future grace our fantastic tennis facility at Bidston.”
Last year’s runner up, Jerzy Janowicz from Poland, has now broken into the top 30 in the world after beating World no. 3 and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray on his way to the final of the Paris Masters in 2012. The success followed wins against World no. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber, and the World no. 14, Marin Cilic.
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