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Gifted Lucy going up in the world after victory

By Staff Reporter

Lucy Octave is through to the quarter-finals of the ITF junior world ranking tournament at Malahide after a straight sets victory yesterday.

The Ulster Senior Open champion, who is seeded fifth and reached the same stage of a similar competition in Belfast last year, defeated Great Britain's Katie Morris 6-4, 6-4.

Octave will meet another British player, Alice Gillan, in the last eight today but it promises to be a tough match as her 16-year-old opponent has already dismissed the second seed.

The Donaghadee teenager is the only remaining local player in the singles after Windsor's Annie McCullough lost 6-1, 7-5 to English girl Summer Yardley in the second round yesterday.

Annie's twin sister Caitlin lost in the first round while Emily Beatty and Jessica Leeman, on her first appearance in an ITF event, went out in qualifying.

The County Dublin event is one of three consecutive ranking competitions being held in Ireland and next week the action switches to the Belfast City ITF tournament at Windsor.

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