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O'Boyle hits back in style

By David Kelly

Matthew O'Boyle caused an upset at the Clubworld Ulster junior open at Belfast Boat Club yesterday to secure his place in the under-16 final.

Bangor lad O'Boyle, seeded four, was up against number one seed Bill Jennings and the match seemed to be following the script as he dropped the first set 6-2.

But O'Boyle, coached by Bangor man Paul Watt, then started to become more consistent with his first serve and in a tight battle right to the end he took the next two sets 7-5 6-4.

O'Boyle will now face Jared Monaghan in the decider after he also came from a set down to defeat Peter Corrie in the second semi-final.

Monaghan looked to be heading to a heavy defeat having dropped the first set 6-1 but he dug deep, edged the second set 7-6 and then ran away with the third 6-1.

Fatigue seemed to catch up with Calum Hagan in his under-18 clash with Matthew McClurg. On the back of his three-hour marathon victory over Alasdair Knox on Wednesday, he went a set up against the number two seed.

But McClurg grabbed the initiative in the second and then dominated the rest of the match, winning the next two sets 6-2 6-0. McClurg faces Donaghadee's Aaron Stubbs in the decider after he defeated Chris Madden-McKee 6-1 6-2.

Lucy Octave and Emily Beatty will battle it out for the under-18 girls' title in what should be one of the matches of the day. Octave showed her mettle in a tough three-set clash with Dundalk's Ruth Copas last night in a match lasting almost three hours.

There was little between the two in the first two sets with Octave taking the first 7-5 and Copas he second 7-6. That set up what was expected to be a tight decider but Octave won it 6-2.

Beatty had a more straightforward passage to the final, defeating Eva Lennox 6-2 7-5 to set up a decider which is too close to call.

It's going to be a busy finals day for the McCullough twins Caitlin and Annie of Windsor as they face each other in the under-16 final before playing together in the under-16 doubles decider and then playing against each other once more in the mixed doubles.

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