Lucy Octave goes down fighting ahead of Windsor event
Lucy Octave made a quarter-final exit from the ITF junior world ranking tournament at Malahide yesterday and has now been left to concentrate on the doubles.
The Ulster Senior Open champion, who was seeded fifth, went down fighting as she lost in three sets to English girl Alice Gillan.
Octave took the first set 6-3 against her unseeded opponent but Gillan sent the match into a decider when she won the second on a tie-break.
The 16-year-old, who had already beaten the second seed, went on to book her place in the last four on a 3-6 7-6 6-2 scoreline.
Gillan will be competing at the second of three consecutive ITF ranking tournaments at Windsor next week, where she will be one to watch.
Octave, who reached the quarter-finals of the Belfast event last year, is one of four local players who have been handed a place in the main draw.
She will be joined by the McCullough twins, Caitlin and Annie, while Hillsborough's Sam Bothwell has also secured entry as he brings the curtain down on his junior career.