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Harry (16) will relish challenge after drawing top seed at Hillsborough

 

By John Flack

Harry Ellesmere will be the youngest quarter-finalist in the Johnston Campbell North of Ireland Open tournament after continuing his impressive form in Hillsborough last night.

The 16-year-old Bangor lad had few problems in overcoming Donaghadee player Peter Galt 6-0 6-1 in the final round of qualifying.

However, he has drawn the short straw for tonight's last-eight tie as he prepares to face top seed Owen Kirk.

The Dubliner is a hot favourite to lift the title on his first visit to Hillsborough.

Karl Donaldson is also through to the quarter-finals as the ATT (Ballymena) player defeated Hawarden's Rory Cunningham 6-4 4-6 7-6 following a marathon struggle.

Donaldson's win earns him a quarter-final tie with Alex Watt tonight.

It promises to be a closely-fought contest as his Ulster inter-pro team-mate has only recently made a comeback from a long-term shoulder injury so may lack match sharpness.

Elsewhere in qualifying last night, Kildare visitor Dorian Kos was too strong for Windsor's Will Boyd as he set up a clash with local teen Jordan McKeown with a 6-2 6-4 victory.

In the ladies' singles, Ballynafeigh's Christine Duncan came from a set down to beat Windsor's Annie McCullough 3-6 6-0 7-6 to secure a quarter-final clash with top-seeded Dundalk player Ruth Copas tonight.

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