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Caitlin and Annie hit the ground running

By David Kelly

Twin sisters Caitlin and Annie McCullough continued in their rich vein of form this summer with victories at the Clubworld Ulster junior open at Belfast Boat Club yesterday.

In the under-18 girls singles, Caitlin found herself up against the winner of the Belfast hardcourt championships at CIYMS at the weekend, Aoibhinn Kelly and there were some fine exchanges in the opening set.

Windsor tennis club player Caitlin gradually moved through the gears and her consistency from the back of the court proved decisive as she took the first set 6-3 before going to win the second even more convincingly, 6-1.

Caitlin then sat down to watch sister Annie win her under-18 match with Rebecca Campbell in emphatic fashion 6-0 6-0.

Windsor coach Przemek Stec has been very pleased with the development of the girls, who having moved here from Singapore last summer based themselves at the south Belfast club.

Stec said: "The girls have worked very hard in every aspect of their game. They play basketball as well and are very fit and they're both quick learners and they have had some very good results over the past 12 months."

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Bangor lad Jordan McKeown enjoyed a fine victory over Peter Rolston in the under-16s pre-lims winning 4-6 6-2 6-1. McKeown then teamed up with Jessica Moore in the under-15 mixed doubles, defeating Tadhg Brennan and Megan Mulgrew 6-4 7-6.

Sean Laird also enjoyed a double, defeating John Neill 6-4 0-6 6-3 in the under-16s before then hooking up with Dylan Robinson in the under-18 doubles, defeating Bryce Brittain-Dissont and Jordan McKnight 6-3 6-3.

Ardghal Macmahon impressed with a 2-6 6-2 6-3 victory over Ben Cree in the under-18 pre-lims.

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