Wimbledon exit for Corrie
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Ed Corrie saw his Wimbledon singles dream end at SW19 qualifying in Roehampton on Monday but the British youngster refused to be downcast.
The Harpenden tennis player, who has already been handed a doubles wildcard for Wimbledon alongside fellow Brit Daniel Smethurst, was beaten 6-3, 7-6 by Australian Samuel Groth out on court No.13.
Corrie, who trains at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City, admitted he left a number of points out on the court and should have pressured his Australian opponent more than he did.
But with his Wimbledon bow now on the horizon; Corrie has promised to learn from his chastening experience during singles qualifying.
“I think I played pretty well and created some good opportunities and unfortunately I just couldn’t take them,” said Corrie.
“There were some shots here and there on big points that if I’d executed better and at the right time could have won me the match.
“It’s frustrating to lose on a tie-break in the second set because it shows how close I could push him. He played a good tie-break but again I created a few opportunities there and it was just poor shot execution.
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“I felt really good coming into the tournament and that’s why I’m disappointed.
“I felt I’d prepared really well and I put in a good performance but it just wasn’t enough.
“I started pretty well and created a couple of break points but lost one tight service game [in the first set]. Like I said it was just a few points here or there.”
Corrie insisted the standard of Wimbledon qualifying is fast improving and there was no shame in losing to Groth, a player who had recently reached the final of a Challenger event in Nottingham.
It was also only in 2001 that legendary big-server Goran Ivaniševi? progressed through qualifying to win Wimbledon itself.
And after experiencing qualifying first-hand - Corrie is desperate to learn from the experience.
“Sam’s a good player and he’s playing good tennis,” added Corrie. “He made the final in Nottingham last week and maybe his experience told in the end. But with grass court tennis it’s just a few points that prove to be the difference.
“I’ll take from this more confidence. I’m competing with some of the better players in the world now consistently. I feel much more comfortable every time I’m on court so I’ll just keep working.
“Right now I’m disappointed but I can’t wait to play in the doubles [with Daniel Smethurst] in the main draw. It will be both of our debuts this year so we’re really looking forward to it.”
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