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Delighted Caleb hits top form to reach Leinster Open semi-final

 

By John Flack

Caleb Ralston is through to the semi-finals of the Leinster Open after continuing a hugely impressive first season in the adult ranks with an emphatic victory in Dublin last night.

The 18-year-old from Lurgan defeated eighth seed David Gardiner 6-0, 6-1 with a commanding performance.

Last Saturday he won the prestigious Ulster Open for the first time with a big win over defending champion and top seed Jordan McKeown

So far in Dublin, Ralston has made a mockery of the seedings after going into the tournament unranked.

He will now meet either Thomas Brennan or John Rendina in the last four and will be hopeful of maintaining his domineering form to progress to a first Leinster final.

Last night's win wasn't quite as comfortable as the scoreline suggests but Ralston won the big points when it mattered, after the first five games went to deuce.

He said: "I put a lot of pressure on his serve and held my own well. I was really aggressive and managed to get on top of him mentally."

Meanwhile, at the Belfast City Junior ITF tournament at Windsor, Conor Gannon kept Republic of Ireland interest alive when he defeated Spain's Alejandro Sanchez Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2 to reach today's final.

Gannon will face Germany's Mark Owen Endler, who beat English teen Harry Collins 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the other semi.

But Ireland's Aisling O'Connor lost 6-1, 6-3 to Luxembourg's Marie Weckerle, who will face GB's Amy Leather in the girls' final.

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