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Helen Harvey set for last four clash after shock win

By John Flack

Published 05/06/2015

Off the mark: Sam Bothwell picked up his first ATP points by reaching the semi-finals of the doubles with his brother Peter
Off the mark: Sam Bothwell picked up his first ATP points by reaching the semi-finals of the doubles with his brother Peter

Helen Harvey produced a surprise at the Keys Finance Ulster Senior Open when she booked her place in the semi-finals for the first time.

The David Lloyd player overcame fourth seed Christine Duncan, of Ballynafeigh, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 in a match that lasted two hours eight minutes.

The unseeded Harvey will now meet second-ranked Annie McCullough tonight with title favourite and holder Lucy Octave taking on Annie's sister Caitlin in the other semi-final.

The men's quarter-finals all went with the form book although unseeded qualifier Caleb Ralston gave Ben Fetherston plenty of problems before bowing out 7-5, 7-5.

Top seed and holder Przemek Stec had a straightforward 6-1, 6-4 win over Hilden youngster Peter Corrie although his opponent was serving at 5-4 in the second but failed to hold.

Stec will meet Windsor club mate Fetherston in the last four with last season's runner-up Alex Watt facing Aaron Stubbs in the other tie.

Meanwhile Peter Bothwell will rise further up the professional world rankings after reaching the quarter-finals of a $10,000 tournament in Portugal.

After defeating the seventh seed in the first round, the 19-year-old from Hillsborough beat Spain's Borja Rodriguex Manzano 7-6, 6-2 yesterday to book his place in the last eight.

After a tight first set, Bothwell reeled off 15 consecutive points in the second to seal a memorable victory.

He is currently ranked 1370 in the world but his success in Portugal could propel him up to around 1200.

Peter's younger brother Sam, 17, picked up his first ATP points when the Ulster pair teamed up to reach the semi-finals of the doubles.

Ulster senior results

Men's championship singles: quarter-finals: Przemek Stec bt Peter Corrie 6-1, 6-4; Ben Fetherston bt Caleb Ralston 7-5, 7-5; Alex Watt bt Ross McCarey 6-2, 6-3; Aaron Stubbs bt David Liggett 6-2, 7-5.

Ladies championship singles: Caitlin McCullough bt Mary Parkash 6-2, 6-2; Helen Harvey bt Christine Duncan 6-2, 5-7, 7-6; Annie McCullough bt Jessica Leeman 6-4, 7-5.

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