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Georgia Drummy beats out clear message of her potential

By David Kelly

Georgia Drummy ended Lucy Octave's brave run at the House & Stock Self Storage Belfast City ITF junior tournament yesterday at Windsor with a straight sets victory to help make it an all Irish girls semi-final line up today.

The 14 year-old was too strong for the Donaghadee player, who can nevertheless look back on a hugely successful week.

She not only won two singles matches but also collected ranking points in the doubles, where she was partnered by Emily Beatty, despite losing in the second round yesterday.

Drummy showed precisely why she is regarded as an outstanding prospect, with a powerful display as she never allowed the Ulster girl to settle into any sort of rhythm.

"I knew that Lucy had a very good serve so I would have to take the ball early and return it well and I was able to do that most of the time," said the Dubliner, who has made the top 50 in the European under-14 rankings and is clearly a very hot prospect.

"When she broke my serve in the second set I told myself that I was still a game up and to break back immediately steadied me so at that point I knew I just had to stay focused.

I made very few errors and that was pleasing so I have to be happy with my overall performance and I am looking forward to the semi final now."

Drummy's win earns her a clash with her good friend and training partner Jennifer Timotin, who dismissed second seeded British player Holly Horsfall.

Octave and her coach Sam Armstrong were in agreement that the better player had won on the day.

"I never really got going although I had a few chances but I wasn't able to take them unfortunately," said the 16 year-old.

"But she played extremely well and I never really got into the game except briefly when I broke her in the second set but I wasn't able to capitalise.

"However it has been a good week for me with points in both doubles and singles and there is still a lot to look forward to.

"There are the junior and senior inter-pros and then the Irish juniors at Fitzwilliam so hopefully I can build on the success I've had over the past few days."

Last year's runner-up Lauren Deegan showed her class when she defeated Britain's Ellie Rose Griffiths 6-4, 6-2.

Meanwhile the McCullough sisters Annie and Caitlin increased their tally with another doubles victory yesterday after earning their first ranking points with their first round win 24 hours earlier.

They defeated fourth seeded British pair Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Alice Gillan 6-4, 6-0 and now face Ireland's Lauren Deegan and Marija Povilionyte, of Lithuania, in the semis today.

Belfast City ITF junior tournament: girls singles results: (Irish unless stated): quarter finals: Aoife Tonna-Barthet bt Timea Palickova (Svk) 6-4, 0-6, 6-2; Lauren Deegan bt Ellie Rose Griffiths 6-4, 6-2; Georgia Drummy bt Lucy Octave 6-1, 6-2; Jennifer Tomotin bt Holly Horsfall (GBR) 6-3, 7-5.

Doubles: quarter finals: Annie & Caitlin McCullough bt Sophie Dreckford-Lewis (GBR) & Alice Gillan (GBR) 6-4, 6-0;Lauren Deegan & Marija Povilionyte (LTU) bt Emily Beatty & Lucy Octave 6-2, 6-0.

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