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Smash hit Lynsey McCullough nets an historic treble

By David Kelly

Lynsey McCullough scooped a second successive hat-trick at the Febvre Wines Ulster Open, writing her own little bit of history along the way.

McCullough retained the women's title for the third successive year at Belfast Boat Club, the first woman since 1928 to achieve such a feat, when she defeated Romanian teenager Karola Bejenaru, 6-4 7-5.

"I'm delighted to retain the title, it was tougher than I thought. I didn't think I was playing my best but I got there in the end. Karola put up a very good performance," said Irish Federation Cup star McCullough.

McCullough broke in the eighth game and held to take the set.

The Larne woman was under pressure in the second set as the 14-year-old took a 3-0 lead. But McCullough reeled off five straight games.

The Romanian tied it up at 5-5 but McCullough finished the job. She completed the treble, teaming up with Kate McNulty to win the women's doubles and Carlos Miranda to win the mixed doubles.

Poland's Przemek Stec of the Windsor club retained his men's title title with a 7-6 6-2 win over Ward Park's Alex Watt.

Men's Singles A: P Stec bt A Watt 7-6 6-2

Ladies Singles A: L McCullough bt K Bejenaru 6-4 7-5

Men's Singles B: J Wilson bt M Gray 6-2 4-6 7-6

Men's Singles C: R Kennedy bt C Graham 6-2 6-1

Ladies Singles B: E Lennox bt L Wallace 6-4 6-3

Men's Doubles A: C Miranda / N Boyle bt A Watt / A Stubbs 6-3 6-2

Men's Doubles B: M Gray / D Harrison bt R Kennedy / M Miskelly 6-1 6-2

Ladies Doubles A: L McCullough / K McNulty bt J and Z Thompson 6-4 2-6 6-0

Ladies Doubles B: L and L Wallace bt M Andrews / C Boyd 6-2 6-2

Mixed Doubles A: C Miranda / L McCullough bt K Donaldson / J Thompson 6-1 6-0

Mixed Doubles B: R Lowry / C Boyd bt P Nicholas / L Sinnerton 7-6 7-5

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