Ed Corrie was the fourth qualifying seed in Knoxville and lost in the final qualifying round to fellow Brit Alex Ward who was the seventh seed. Corrie made the main draw due to player withdrawals as a lucky loser.
In the first round Corrie drew American Kevin King and the Brit was soon on top in the first set, breaking twice to seal the first set. The second set was much closer as King tried to fight back, Corrie though got the break when needed to progress to the second round 6-2, 7-5.
The second round saw Corrie against Australian John-Patrick Smith. Smith had defeated the top seed in the previous round and appeared to be on a roll. The Brit, however, got the break in the first set to take the lead. Smith though was not going quietly and levelled up the match. The final set was very close but Corrie managed to break serve right at the end and booked a spot in the quarter-final 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.
It was at the quarter-final stage that the fine run of Corrie came to an end. Drawn against American Bradley Klahn the Brit was broken in the first set and couldn’t get the break back. The second set was a lot closer as Corrie forced a tiebreak with the American, unfortunately Klahn ran away with the breaker and won the match 3-6, 6-7(3).
ITF & Challenger Round Up
Cameron Norrie lost in the first round of Knoxville 4-6, 6-3, 3-6.
Liam Broady lost in the second round of Knoxville 6-7(3), 6-4, 4-6 to the eventual winner Filip Peliwo
Alex Ward lost in the second round of Knoxville 4-6, 2-6
Tom Farquharson lost in the first round of Bratislava 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-7(5)
Katy Dunne lost in the quarter-final of Shenzhen 7-6(6), 3-6, 5-7
Laura Robson lost in the second round of Shenzhen 1-6, 6-4, 5-7 to the eventual champion Carol Zhao
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