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Showdown in decider beckons for gifted Watt brothers

By David Kelly

Brothers Alex and Gordon Watt stayed on course for a possible showdown in the final of the men's singles at the the Febvre Wines Ulster Open at Belfast Boat Club.

Last night Alex came up with a dozen aces to help blow away the challenge of Larne's gutsy Ben McAllister, winning 6-1 6-3.

The Ward Park man, who used to train in Spain, was simply too powerful with his groundstrokes continually having McAllister on the run.

Though arguably the point of the match came in the eighth game of the second set when number two seed Watt was forced to utilise his defensive skills, scrambling from one side of the court to the other before drawing the error from McAllister.

Watt said: "I'm pleased with that win. I felt my serve was working well and I'm looking forward to the next round."

Gordon also enjoyed a comfortable victory as he defeated Sullivan Upper teenager Jake McKibbin 6-2 6-2.

Top seed and defending champion Przemek Stec of Windsor was untroubled by Hilden 's Tony Murphy, winning 6-2 6-2.

Much closer was Connor Schilling-Tisza's match against Anthony Sinclair.

Both played a very attacking game with many serve and volley points although the score also ended up 6-2 6-2 in Schilling-Tisza's favour.

One of the most impressive performances of the day came from 13-year-old Laura Reid who enjoyed a fine win over Windsor's Rebecca Brown, seven years her senior.

The Irish under-14 champion dropped the first set 6-4 but Reid then moved up a gear to take the next two sets 6-3 6-0.

Results:

Men's Singles A: P Stec bt T Murphy 6-2 6-2; A Stubbs bt B Kocjan 6-2 6-4; K Donaldson bt M McClurg 6-3 6-2; C Schilling-Tisza bt A Sinclair 6-2 6-2; D Ward bt R Gamble 6-4 6-0; A Watt bt B McAllister 6-1 6-3; G Watt bt J McKibben 6-2 6-2.

Men's Singles B: R Kennedy bt M Miskelly 6-3 6-1.

Women's singles A: L Reid bt R Brown 4-6 6-3 6-0.

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