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Matthew McClurg pulls out of Ulster Open to focus on ITF bid

By John Flack

Matthew McClurg has pulled out of the Clubworld Ulster Junior Open, ruining the prospect of a family duel with his younger brother Ben in the Under-18 final at the Boat Club.

Matthew, the older of the two boys, would have been unable to play in the decider if he got through as expected because he has also entered the ITF tournament in Dundalk and he will be playing in qualifying tomorrow.

Rex Lloyd was therefore awarded a walkover into today's semi-final in which he will meet McClurg's Windsor clubmate Jakob Robb.

Yesterday, Robb defeated qualifier Dylan Robinson 7-6 6-3 while Ben McClurg had a 7-5 7-5 win over Dundalk visitor Neil Jones.

Ben will now meet second-seeded Hilden player Peter Corrie, who scored a 6-3 6-3 success over Rory Cunningham.

Ulster senior champion Lucy Octave was untroubled in opening her bid to add the junior crown to her collection as she beat Dubliner Megan Mulgrew without dropping a game.

The Donaghadee player will now meet Caitlin McCullough after the Windsor girl progressed to the last four with an identical win over Enniskillen's Laura Griffin.

Caitlin's sister Annie defeated Bangor's Amy Rothwell 6-2 6-0 and will now face Laura Reid in the last four today after the latter's 6-4 6-0 victory over Emily Beatty.

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