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Alex survives tough test to reach quarters


By John Flack

Alex Armstrong was involved in one of the closest matches of the day as the Ulster Hardcourt championship continued at Windsor yesterday.

He defeated Ben Laverty 6-3 2-6 6-1 to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Under-16 singles where he will meet Ben Doherty.

Doherty was given an unexpected opportunity to progress without hitting a ball after top seed Harry Ellesmere was forced to withdraw with an injury.

Later in the day, in the same event, Downshire's Jack Hudson had fewer problems, beating Mackenzie Connor 6-1 7-5 to earn a meeting with ATT Ballymena's Alexandros Stergiopoulos.

In the U-14 category, Johnny McCracken had another tough three-setter after losing to his older brother Harry in the U-16 grade 24 hours earlier.

However, the Bangor youngster made amends for that agonising defeat as he defeated William Kell 6-2 6-7 6-3 to book his place in the last eight.

Joining him in the U-14 quarter-finals will be Boat Club's Ethan Hance, who eased to a 6-1 6-0 win over Euan Tyler.

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