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Gutsy McKeown is on the rise

By John Flack

Jordan McKeown and Emily Beatty are planning to continue their tennis adventures further afield after claiming the under 18 singles titles at the David Lloyd Apex Clinic Ulster Junior Open.

Bangor ace McKeown, 14, picked up his first U-18 trophy with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Windsor's Jakob Robb.

Beatty, who plays for Downshire, defeated Kildare's Eimear Maher - who won the U-16 title - 7-5, 7-6.

Jordan will be playing on the ITF junior tour next year while Emily is planning to go on a tennis scholarship in the United States.

"When he becomes 15 years of age then we will be going to see how Jordan gets on in some world ranking tournaments in the summer." explained his coach Paul Watt."It was difficult for him after losing the U-16 final earlier in the day (6-0, 1-6, 4-6) especially as he was 6-0 and 1-0 up against Peter Corrie but I noticed that he 'lost' his forehand in the latter stages of the match.

"So I took him on to a free court during the break between the two finals for 10 minutes and we managed to put things right."

Another of Watt's pupils won the U-21 final as Matthew O'Boyle overcame the top seed Noah Fleming 6-3, 6-3.

Emily is also looking forward to playing on pastures new next year after winning at David Lloyd at U-18 level for the first time.

"I have had a few offers from Colleges to play and study in the USA next year and I am planning to go there in February to consider the various options," she explained.

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