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Hawarden ace Dylan does the double at Ulster Junior finals


Dylan Leeman stole the show at the Ulster Junior Hardcourt finals at Windsor yesterday with two singles trophies.

He started by capturing the Under 14 title after confirming his top seeding with a straightforward 6-1 6-0 victory over Boat Club player Ethan Hance.

The 14-year-old Hawarden ace then completed a memorable day with a slightly more taxing 6-4 6-0 success over Alex Armstrong.

Leeman was in a spot of bother in the first set when Armstrong broke his serve, but he responded in kind immediately and then romped home by easily taking the second.

Rory Cunningham completed a treble for the east Belfast club when he claimed the U18 trophy after a 6-0 6-1 win over ATT Ballymena's Matthew Saunders.

Rachel McCrum repeated an earlier triumph over Lisa Ryan to defeat the Leinster player 6-2 6-3 in the girls' U14 event, while the U16 and 18 trophies went south of the border.

Hilden's Isabella Connor produced an upset in the U12 decider when she defeated top seed Niamh Campbell 6-3 6-1.

Meanwhile, today's Boat Club women's final will be contested by Karola Bejenaru and Kerri Russell, with the men's decider seeing Karl Donaldson face Jakob Robb, who had a semi-final win over Mark Smyth.

Ulster Junior Hardcourt finals: boys: U12: William Kell bt Tom Lynn 6-0, 6-2; U14; Dylan Leeman bt Ethan Hance 6-1, 6-0; U16; Leeman bt Alex Armstrong 6-4, 6-0; U18: Rory Cunningham bt Matthew Saunders 6-0, 6-1; girls: U12: Isabella Connor bt Niamh Campbell 6-3, 6-1; U14: Rachel McCrum bt Lisa Ryan 6-2, 6-3; U16: Ava Phelan-Opperman bt Katie Loughney 6-4, 7-6; U18: Loughney bt Phelan-Opperman 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Belfast Telegraph