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McClurg brothers make winning start in singles Open

By John Flack

Matthew McClurg and his younger brother Ben are on course to meet in the final of the Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open tournament after getting their Under-18 singles campaigns off to a winning start yesterday at the Boat Club.

Current champion Matthew began with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Enniskillen player Jared Monaghan. Ben defeated Sligo visitor Noah Fleming, who had earned one of the qualifying slots, 6-2, 6-2.

That win is likely to earn Ben a semi-final clash with second seed Peter Corrie while Matthew will face Rex Lloyd next after he was involved in the closest match of the day. Lloyd took three hours to overcome Hawarden's Joe Heatley as he came from a set down to win a marathon battle 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.

Corrie made an impressive start to his title bid, the Hilden player defeating Boat Club's Thomas Armstrong 6-2, 6-3.

In one of the few surprises, unseeded Bangor player Dylan Robinson beat Rostrevor's Ardghal MacMahon 6-3, 6-4 to book his place in the last eight.

The girls U18 competition has reached the quarter-final stage and top seed Lucy Octave meets Clontarf's Megan Mulgrew while second-ranked Annie McCullough plays Bangor's Amy Rothwell.

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