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Octave hoping to capitalise after top seed is injured

 

By John Flack

Top seed Sinead Lohan has been forced to withdraw from the Johnston Campbell North of Ireland championship due to injury.

The 19-year-old Munster woman had hoped to make her comeback at the event which got under way yesterday in Hillsborough with the main focus on men's singles qualifying.

However, she has lost her fitness battle as she recovers from a foot injury and her absence means Ulster champion, Lucy Octave, has been promoted to third seed behind southern juniors Caragh Courtney and Marie-Perla Biansumba.

Top-seeded Irish Davis Cup player David O'Hare, who is world-ranked 141 in doubles, starts his singles campaign later in the week as he chases the £1,000 top prize, with Windsor's Przemek Stec, ranked fourth, the leading local.

Yesterday, Donaghadee's Peter Galt and Downshire's Will Boyd edged closer to the main draw with straight-sets wins over fellow-locals Jack Pedlow and Anton Robb respectively.

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