Tennis: Harrison picks up Sheffield title

Ed Corrie, left, congratulates Christian Harrison after the final. Pic: Steve Parkin.
Ed Corrie, left, congratulates Christian Harrison after the final. Pic: Steve Parkin.
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AMERICAN Christian Harrison picked up his first every professional title in Sheffield on Saturday, writes Richard Fidler.

The 18-year-old beat Britain’s Ed Corrie in three sets (6-4 2-6 7-6) to win the Aegon GB Pro-Series at Graves Tennis Centre.

After splitting the opening two sets the middle of the final set saw four breaks of serve in five games, which left Harrison serving for the title.

However, a determined Corrie took the next two games. Fittingly as there was very little to separate the two players, the deciding set went to a tie-break. With the American holding two match points at 6-4, Corrie saved the first with an ace, but could not deny Harrison his first title on the second.

Harrison said: “It has been a great end to my three weeks in the UK, having been runner up in Preston and semi-finalist in Glasgow.

“I’m now hoping to push on with my ranking, and if so hope to return to Britain for the grass court season.”

Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and new doubles partner Colin Fleming are scheduled to be last on centre court tonight in Montpellier in the Open Sud de France.

Marray and Fleming are No 1 seeds for the ATP 250 Series tournament but face a testing first round match against wild card French pair Gael Monfils and Josselin Ouanna.

The indoor tournament offers 250 ranking points and a split of 22,500 Euros for the winning team.

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