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McCullough twins square up

By John Flack

A new name will be engraved on the roll of honour at the Boat Club after today's Clubworld Travel Ulster Junior Open girls' singles final in which twin sisters Annie and Caitlin McCullough will go head-to-head in pursuit of the famous trophy.

Caitlin produced the bigger upset in yesterday's semi-finals as she defeated top seed Lucy Octave in three sets while second-ranked Annie came from behind to beat Windsor club mate Laura Reid.

Annie, who was runner-up in the final last year, lost the first 2-6 but recovered to win the next two 6-2, 6-3 before heading to an adjacent court to cheer on her sister.

Caitlin was also involved in a close contest as she overcame Octave 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 after the Donaghadee player had threatened a comeback in the final set.

She came back from 4-1 down to level the match but McCullough held her serve to lead 5-4 and then broke her opponent's to book her place in the showpiece.

"Lucy came back well and really found her rhythm and began to hit the ball very hard and accurately so I had to dig deep to get the win." said Caitlin.

"It's been a while since I played my sister but matches between us are usually pretty close and I expect it will be the same in the final."

The boys' U-18 final will also see a new name on the trophy as Peter Corrie prepares to face Windsor player Jakob Robb in the decider.

Corrie (Hilden) defied the pain barrier to beat Windsor's Ben McClurg 6-4, 6-4 while Robb overcame Rex Lloyd 6-3, 6-2.

"I have been suffering from a sore arm and then I fell awkwardly during the match and hurt my groin," Corrie explained.

"It was a really tough match and it felt more like a three-setter as it was so close."

Meanwhile, at the Belfast City ITF junior world ranking finals at Windsor, Georgia Drummy retained her title after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jennifer Timotin in an all-Irish final.

The boys' trophy went to Spain's Carles Sarrio.

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