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Ulster remain in silverware hunt despite defeat

 

By John Flack

Ulster are still in contention for the Senior Inter-provincial title despite losing 4-2 to holders Leinster in Claremorris last night, with matches against Munster and Connacht to come today.

Ulster were dealt a blow before the start when teenage debutant Jessica Leeman was deemed unfit to play due to an ongoing stomach muscle problem.

Before the start of the tournament, it had been decided that Lucy Octave would play in all three singles matches while Leeman would feature only in doubles, if at all.

Leinster paraded an experienced line-up, with Irish Davis Cup player and full-time professional James Cluskey at number one singles.

He began with a 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Corrie in which he had to battle hard to overcome the teenager.

Karola Bejenaru squared the match when she defeated Julie Byrne 6-3 6-2 and the reverse singles both went the distance.

Octave beat Jane Fennelly 6-3 2-6 6-2 while Alex Watt lost 4-6 7-5 7-5 to Mark Carpenter.

That left the score at 2-2 going into the doubles in which Michael Blease and Johnny Obosi lost 6-3 6-2 to Cal Craven and Niall Fitzgerald.

Kerri Russell and Amy Rothwell then fell to a 6-3 6-4 defeat against Tanga Murtagh and Susan McRann.

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