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Lucy Octave makes the most of surprise second chance

By John Flack

Lucy Octave has earned herself more junior world ranking points after winning her first round match at the ITF tournament in Malta.

The Donaghadee teenager had a slice of good fortune as she was handed a 'lucky loser' entry into the main draw after losing in the final qualifying round and made full use of the opportunity as she scored an impressive 6-2, 7-6 win over Russia's Maria Mandilova.

Octave also beat the Russian in a similar tournament in Malta last week and was determined to secure the same outcome.

"I was disappointed with my performance in the qualifiers but I played well and stuck to my game plan," said Octave.

However the 17-year-old Ulster senior champion has a tough task on her hands today as she bids to progress to the last eight.

Octave has been drawn to face third seeded Hungarian, Frederika Meszaros, who is ranked 567 in the world at Under 18 level.

Meanwhile Bangor's Harry Ellesmere made a solid start in the U14 Templeogue Junior Open bid in Dublin as he won 6-0, 6-0 against Naiall Moclair in just 46.

Enniskillens Laura Griffin and Hawarden's Ben Cree both won in their respective U18 singles events while Bangor's Amy Rothwell had a walkover.

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