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Mixed weekend for young Dylan Leeman after first round exit

By John Flack

Dylan Leeman experienced sport's highs and lows in the space of a little over 24 hours in two separate tournaments in Dublin over the weekend. The Hawarden player lifted the Under-12 title at the Donnybrook Junior Open in Dublin with a 6-3, 6-4 win over top seed Matthew Earle on Saturday.

Unfortunately he then made a first round exit from the Centenary Irish Junior Open at Fitzwilliam last night.

Dylan was drawn against the sixth seed, Michael Bakay, and went down 6-3, 6-3 after a battling display.

"Dylan had improved with every game at Donnybrook and it was a good win for him but Michael, who is very tall for his age, was just too strong for him on what had been a very long day," said his coach Jim Watt.

Despite Leeman's first round exit there was some Ulster success at Fitzwilliam yesterday as several local players progressed to the second round of their respective events. Jack Hudson defeated Jan Vaughan 6-1, 6-4 to move into the second round of the U-12 singles while Caleb Ralston, who had come through qualifying, beat Matthew Cleare 6-1, 6-0 in the U-14 category.

In the same age group, Jordan McKeown had a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jamie Battle while Rachel McCrum won her U-12 girls singles clash with a 6-0, 6-0 success over Sarah McNaughton.

On Saturday at Donnybrook there was disappointment for Sarah Cousins who went down 6-2, 6-0 to top-ranked Caragh Courtney in the U-16 girls final while McCrum lost her U-12 doubles contest.

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