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Helen Harvey injury opens up the door for Christine Duncan

By Staff Reporter

Top seed Helen Harvey has been forced to pull out of the Co Antrim Championship after sustaining a leg injury while playing doubles at the Ballycastle tournament.

It's a blow for the talented CIYMS player who was expected to lift the ladies singles trophy after some impressive recent displays, one of which saw her reach the semi-finals of the Ulster Championship for the first time last month.

Her enforced absence should open the door for second seed, Christine Duncan, who made it into the last four yesterday when she defeated Lydia Crawford 6-2, 6-1.

Crawford (ATT) looked to be on her way to a shock victory early on when she broke serve to go into a 2-0 lead but Duncan recovered to win comfortably.

In the top half of the draw, Eva Lennox came from a set down to beat Natasha Adamson 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, while there also a couple of three-setters in the junior events as Ardghal MacMahon and James Skelton edged into the semi-finals

Skelton (David Lloyd) overcame second seeded Boat Club player Ethan Hance 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 in an Under-12 match lasting three-and-a-half hours.

MacMahon (Rostrevor) was also involved in a close contest in the U-18 singles as he defeated Bangor's Dylan Robinson 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

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