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Lucy Octave set for tennis rankings hike after pair of victories

By John Flack

Lucy Octave bowed out of the ITF junior world ranking tournament in Malta yesterday when she lost her second round match.

The 17-year-old Ulster senior champion went down 6-3, 6-2 to the third seeded Hungarian Frederika Meszaros, who is ranked 567 in the world.

However, it has been a good couple of weeks for Octave who will move up the rankings after two first round victories in successive ITF tournaments.

And the Donaghadee player is on course for more points if she can win her next doubles match after an opening victory yesterday.

In partnership with a Russian, she reached the second round following a third set championship tie break win over a Serbian pair.

"It has been a good fortnight for me so far and I think I have competed pretty well in what has been a high standard of tennis," said Octave.

"I am looking forward to defending my Ulster senior title at the Boat Club in June and then competing in some more ITF tournaments over the summer."

Meanwhile, Hawarden player Rory Cunningham staged a memorable comeback at the Templeogue Junior Open in Dublin to book his place in the last 16. He recovered from a set down in his first round U16 singles clash with Matthew Dillon to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Ciara Hill (David Lloyd) will face Rachel McCrum, a winner at the Brookfield Junior Open last week, in the quarter finals of the U12 event after a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Clodagh Fanning.

Another member of the Ulster contingent, Mary Parkash progressed at U14 level after a 6-1, 6-3 win over Caoimhe Smith while U16 top seed Jessica Leeman begins her campaign today.

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