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Octave hits the right note in title triumph

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/07/2015

Lucy Octave won 6-3, 6-4 in her rematch against Annie McCullough
Lucy Octave won 6-3, 6-4 in her rematch against Annie McCullough

Lucy Octave scored another win over Annie McCullough to lift the Co Antrim Under-18 girls' singles title at Ballycastle yesterday.

Both players were using the tournament to warm up for three upcoming ITF junior world ranking tournaments, starting with one in Malahide next week.

The Donaghadee player, who had beaten McCullough (Windsor) to retain her Ulster Senior Open Championship crown last month, won 6-3 6-4 in the rematch.

In the senior ladies' singles semi-finals, second-ranked Christine Duncan qualified to meet Eva Lennox in today's final.

In the absence of top seed Helen Harvey through injury, Ballynafeigh player Duncan will start as favourite following her 7-6 6-1 over Cathy Cunningham.

Lennox had an even tougher battle as she had to come from behind to defeat Natasha Adamson 4-6 7-6 6-4 to progress.

The men's singles semi-finals also went with the formbook as Aaron Stubbs and Karl Donaldson set up a repeat of last year's final.

Donaghadee player Stubbs, who will be attempting to make it three titles in a row today, overcame Gareth McGreevy 6-3 6-4.

Donaldson, who lost in two sets in last year's decider, defeated Chris Madden-McKee 6-2 6-2 to end the David Lloyd player's brave run, which included a win over the third seed.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray feels fatigued but insists he will give everything to help Britain beat France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals - even it means playing in today's doubles rubber.

Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-6 (12-10) 6-2 to draw Britain level on the opening day at Queen's after James Ward had earlier lost 6-4 6-4 6-1 to Gilles Simon.

He said: "I feel fine just now but I'm tired in general.

"I don't feel perfect. I get to have a break after this weekend and obviously I want to try give the best I can for the team.

"Luckily we have options. We need to be smart."

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