Tennis: Slam dunk for Josh as he makes last eight

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PROMISING teenager Josh Ward-Hibbert continued his good run at Graves Tennis Centre yesterday as he reached his first quarter-final of a professional singles event, writes Richard Fidler.

Ward-Hibbert overcame the distraction of the lights going out at a key stage in the final set before fighting off three match points for Ward at 4-5 on his own serve. He won the next three games to go through.

Three of the eight seeds have made it through. Eighth seed Richard Bloomfield beat Italian Eric Crepaldi 6-3 6-2, whilst fourth seed Smethurst and fifth seed Patrik Rosenholm of Sweden also won through in straight sets. 2012 runner-up David Rice, and last week’s Preston winner Ed Corrie made it five British players into the quarter-finals, with today’s line up completed by American Christian Harrison, and a second Swede Robin Olin.

Play starts at 10.30am and is free to spectators.

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