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Super Stubbs books a last four date at Boat Club showpiece

 

By John Flack

Aaron Stubbs became the first player to reach the men's singles semi-finals at this year's Keys Finance Ulster Open at the Boat Club last night.

The Donaghadee player defeated Ballynafeigh's Justin Gilmore 6-4 7-5 to set up a meeting with top seed Przemek Stec or Cian McDonnell tomorrow night.

McDonnell was a 6-4 6-1 winner over Boat Club rival Tony Davison, but he now faces a tough task against the Polish-born Windsor ace, who is bidding for a record-breaking seventh title in a row.

Stec's club mate Ben McClurg also progressed to the last eight last night, beating Dylan Leeman 6-1 6-4, and he will face second-seed Jordan McKeown this evening.

McKeown's confidence will be high after he shared men's doubles success with Peter Corrie against world-ranked 143 Dave O'Hare and Ross McCarey at the North of Ireland Open at the weekend.

In the ladies singles, Caitlin McCullough had a 6-1 6-0 victory over Ciara Hill and will now face Ballynafeigh's Christine Duncan, with a date with second seed and three-in-a-row winner Lucy Octave the reward in the last four tomorrow.

Meanwhile in Dublin, Corrie and Jack Hudson reached the semi-finals of the Leinster Junior Open at U-18 and U-16 level respectively.

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