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Patrick makes up for sister's exit

By John Flack

Patrick Jack and his sister Katherine had contrasting fortunes at the Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open tournament at the Boat Club yesterday.

Patrick progressed to the second round of the boys Under-16 singles with a tense three-set win over Joe Davis of the ATT club in Ballymena.

In a marathon two-hour battle, the Boat Club player prevailed on a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 scoreline to set up a meeting with Warrenpoint's Ben Lavery.

Unfortunately his younger sister was unable to make it a family double success as she bowed out of the U-12 girls event. Katherine went down in an equallly exciting contest as she lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to CIYMS player Julia Baxter.

In the U-18 boys singles, Boat Club's Thomas Armstrong was also involved in a three-setter as he came from behind to beat Johnny Evans 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Armstrong's hard-fought victory has earned him a difficult quarter-final tie with second seeded Hilden player Peter Corrie.

Earlier in the day, Armstrong advanced in the U-16 age-group as he had a 6-3, 6-7, 6-0 win over Sullivan Upper schoolboy Harry Morris.

Dublin visitor Megan Mulgrew will meet Hawarden's Jessica Leeman in the U-16 quarter-finals after coming from a set down to defeat Dundalk's Roisin Kelly 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

The action continues all week with the finals scheduled for Saturday with brothers Matthew and Ben McClurg seeded to meet in the U-18 final while Donagadee's Lucy Octave is the favourite to lift the corresponding girls title.

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