04 Feb 2013

A first Pro Circuit title for American teenager

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Photo: David KenasRyan and Christian Harrison (USA)

SHEFFIELD, GREAT BRITAIN: Eighteen-year-old Christian Harrison has won his maiden ITF Pro Circuit singles title at The Aegon GB Pro-Series Sheffield.

In a repeat match up of the previous week’s final in Preston against Britian's Ed Corrie, the American was stretched right to the wire in his 64 26 76(5) win.

The opening game looked like Corrie might take the early initiative, when he held a break point on the Harrison serve, however, once saved the next eight games all went with serve. With service holds so dominant, and the first set seemingly on its way to a tiebreak Harrison suddenly broke to love to take the first set 64. Undeterred 24-year-old Corrie reeled off five games in a row to win the second set 62 and level the match at one set all.

The middle of the final set saw four breaks of serve in five games, which left Harrison serving for his first pro-title. However, a determined Corrie wasn’t about to give up on the prospect of two back to back titles, and decisively took the next two games. Fittingly as there was very little to separate the two players, the deciding set went to a tiebreak. 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.

After the match Harrison reflected on a great end to his three weeks in the UK: "having been runner-up in Preston and semifinalist in Glasgow. I’m now hoping to push on with my ranking, and if so hope to return to Britain for the Pre-Wimbledon grass court season."

Christian is the younger brother of world No. 57, Ryan Harrison.  He is coached by his father, Pat Harrison, and trains at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida