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Rothwell wants chance to shine in Ulster senior line-up


By John Flack

Amy Rothwell admits she won't start as favourite in today's Co Antrim Championship ladies' singles semi-final with the experienced Ballynafeigh player Christine Duncan in Ballycastle.

However, the 18-year-old Bangor player is hoping she might already have done enough to force her way into the reckoning for a place in the Ulster senior inter-provincial line-up.

On Wednesday, she defeated Caitlin McCullough in straight sets to book her place in the last four.

McCullough, who plays for Windsor but is on a summer break from a tennis scholarship in the United States, has been a regular in the Ulster squad for several years.

Rothwell said: "I'm feeling good about the prospect of playing Christine as I feel I've been playing really well so far in Ballycastle.

"She will be a tricky opponent but it could be a close contest although, as second seed, she will be the favourite.

"I had never beaten Caitlin or her twin Annie before so that was a big win for me and a great confidence boost ahead of the semi-final.

"It's been a great start to the season and I hope to keep getting results like this at both senior and junior level to be in with a chance of making the respective inter-pro teams."

The other ladies' semi-final sees top seed Kerri Russell face Megan McGreevy, while in the men's singles Aaron Stubbs and Gareth McGreevy will meet Ronan McKeever and Rory Cunningham respectively.

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