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Bradley survives scare to reach the semis at Windsor

 

By John Flack

Bradley Yates heaved a sigh of relief after coming out on top in the closest match of the tournament at the Ulster Junior Hardcourt Championship at Windsor yesterday.

The AGP Academy teenager came from 5-2 down in the final set to defeat Ballymena's Matthew Robinson 7-6 6-7 7-6 to reach the semi-finals of the Under 18 boys' singles.

Not many matches at any level of tennis are settled by three tie-breaks, but this three hour battle was an exception as both youngsters displayed tremendous grit and determination from start to finish.

Robinson said: "I thought I had a good chance at 5-2 in the third, but Bradley somehow found a new gear and it was a fantastic match to play in."

Yates will now play second seed Rory Cunningham, the title favourite following the withdrawal of top-ranked Harry Ellesmere due to injury, who beat Harry McCracken 6-0 6-0 yesterday.

The other semi-final will be contested by Matthew Saunders, who had a walkover, and Windsor's Anton Robb, who was a 6-3 6-4 winner over Jonny Evans.

Elsewhere, top seeded U-14s Dylan Leeman and Rachel McCrum will be joined by U-16 girls' title favourite Kate Loughrey in today's semis.

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