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Matthew O'Boyle beats Corrie to claim tournament spot

By Staff Reporter

Published 27/07/2015

Matthew O'Boyle pictured at the Ulster hardcourt tennis championships at the Boat Club tennis club.
Matthew O'Boyle pictured at the Ulster hardcourt tennis championships at the Boat Club tennis club.

Matthew O'Boyle continued his impressive run of results when he became the only Ulster player to make it through qualifying at the ITF junior world ranking tournament at Windsor yesterday.

The Bangor teenager, who was runner up in the doubles final at Malahide last week, defeated Hilden's Peter Corrie 6-3, 6-0.

On Saturday, when play went on until midnight, O'Boyle beat Dubliner Daniel Moloney 6-4, 7-5 to set up the all-Ulster clash yesterday when matches were switched to the indoor courts at the Ozone Centre due to heavy rain.

"That was a great win for Matthew as Daniel has had a lot of good results under his belt this summer already," said O'Boyle's coach Paul Watt.

"He's a big lad for his age and he's still growing so he has a big serve and he's also got a good return on both sides. Getting to the doubles final last week was a big boost for him."

In today's first round proper O'Boyle will have a stern test of when he takes on Italy's Federico Benedetti.

Selected results: boys: (Ulster names first): second round qualifying: Ardghal MacMahon lost to Julian Lewis 6-4, 6-2; Ben Cree lost to Neil O'Connor 6-1, 6-0; Matthew O'Boyle beat Daniel Moloney 6-4, 7-5; Peter Corrie bt Finlay McFadyen 6-2, 6-2; Matthew McClurg bt Jordan McKeown 6-3, 6-3; third round: O'Boyle bt Corrie 6-3, 6-0; Rohan Sikka bt McClurg 7-6, 6-1;girls: third round qualifying: Sarah Cousins lost to Alisha Reayer 6-1, 6-1.

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