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Laura Reid and Matthew O'Boyle show their mettle in rain and progress

By John Flack

Laura Reid is back on the junior world ranking list after a stunning first round win at the Belfast City ITF tournament which continued in dreadful conditions at Windsor yesterday.

Playing on her home courts, Reid swept to a hugely impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory over German opponent Lara Schmid.

Unlike Schmid, who is 1,333 in the world at Under-18 level, the Belfast teenager went into the tournament without a ranking but, having won a round, will now be back among the points.

Reid played down her success and attributed it to local knowledge and a little bit of help from the elements as most of yesterday's matches were played in rain swept conditions.

"The conditions suited me better than her and I am sure she's not used to playing in bad weather or on artificial grass courts." Laura said.

"I am used to rain and the courts at Windsor but, having said that, I was very happy with the way I played.

"It's good to have won a match at an ITF tournament and it's been two years since I last had a ranking so it's great to be back on the list again."

Reid, who beat Ulster senior champion Lucy Octave in straight sets to lift the Co Tyrone title at the weekend, knows the going will get tougher today when she takes on seventh seeded British player Maria Budin in the last 16 today.

"I know it's going to be a step up for me but I am looking forward to it and beating Lucy at Omagh came as a confidence boost as I hadn't done so very often recently when I've played her." she added.

Octave, a quarter-finalist at Windsor last year, also made a winning start as she defeated Britain's Anna Loughlan 6-2, 6-3.

In the boys event, Matthew O'Boyle emulated Reid's achievement as he has now got a singles ranking after an equally impressive 6-1, 6-1 win over Italy's Federico Benedetti.

"I played pretty well and, to be honest, I didn't really notice the rain whereas the conditions didn't really suit him." said the 17-year-old from Bangor who now plays Adam Jones of Great Britain.

Sam Bothwell is the only other local player through to the second round of the boys singles after his 7-5, 6-0 win over Britain's Rohan Sikka.

Bothwell, the fourth seed, is playing his last tournament as a junior and he says that the pressure got to him a little in the first set when he was 3-1 down early on.

"I was a little bit nervous at the start but I eventually got into my stride and managed to play well in the second set," said the Hillsborough native, who is based at the Soto Tennis Academy in southern Spain.

"It would be great to win my last junior tournament and I really wanted to play in my home town to sign off, but I will just take it one match at a time."

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