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Annie repeats US form to edge closer to Ulster Senior crown

By John Flack

Annie McCullough replicated the imperious form she has been displaying on the American college circuit when reaching the semi-finals of the Racquet Lab Ulster Senior Open at the Boat Club last night.

The Windsor player overcame Omagh's Donna McSorley 6-0 6-2 to book her place in the last four, in which she will face top seeded Hawarden ace Jessica Leeman tomorrow night.

McCullough beat off stiff competition from across a variety of sports to be handed the sportsperson of the year accolade at her college in Tennessee a few weeks ago.

Along with her twin sister Caitlin, McCullough produced some outstanding displays as a doubles partnership when in the United States where the pair are on tennis scholarships.

But the 20-year-olds also excel in singles and, only last Saturday, Caitlin lifted the prestigious Johnston Campbell North of Ireland ladies title for the first time.

Caitlin faces a semi-final rematch with Christine Duncan after beating the Ballynafeigh player in the final at Hillsborough last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the quarter-final line-up for the men's singles was confirmed last night with Dylan Leeman, Rory Cunningham and Adam Boyle joining Will Boyd.

Leeman will square up to Aaron Stubbs, Cunningham faces second seed Harry Ellesmere while Boyle has a clash with Cian McDonnell tonight.

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