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Teenager Emily Beatty flying ahead of her US odyssey

By John Flack

Emily Beatty will be hoping to make a successful exit from the local tennis scene later this week after making it into the quarter-finals of the Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open championship yesterday.

The Hillsborough teenager will be heading to the United States to undertake a tennis scholarship.

Emily had a busy day yesterday as she raced to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Windsor's Sophie Hunter in qualifying for the under 18 singles event at the Boat Club.

She then dashed back to Windsor to take part in a doubles match at the ITF junior world ranking tournament after making her exit from the singles on Monday.

Her reward for victory at the Ulster Junior Open is a quarter-final meeting with her senior inter-pro team mate Laura Reid later in the week.

Enniskillen's Laura Griffin, who also bowed out of the ITF tournament earlier in the week, had better luck in the Boat Club qualifiers as she made amends yesterday.

She scored a 6-1, 7-6 win over Windsor's Lily Mai McKane to set up a last eight date with Caitlin McCullough.

Bangor's Amy Rothwell will meet second seed Annie McCullough in the quarter-finals.

The closest match came in the boys' event, Hawarden's Joe Heatley defeating Robin Watts of CIYMS 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 in almost three hours. Heatley will play Dublin's Rex Lloyd in the quarter-finals while Jared Monaghan has drawn the short straw after beating Letterkenny's Bernard McGettigan 6-1, 6-4 yesterday.

The Fermanagh teen's win has earned him the dubious reward of facing top seed and title holder Matthew McClurg.

Sligo's Noah Fleming will meet Matthew's brother Ben after defeating Hilden's Jordan McKnight 6-1, 6-3 yesterday.

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