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Shock as Stuart McQuitty exits the Antrim Senior Championships

By John Flack

Stuart McQuitty earned himself the unwelcome tag of becoming the first seeded player to exit the Co Antrim Senior Championships, which continued at Ballycastle yesterday.

The third-ranked Hillsborough man, who has played for Ireland at veteran level, was involved in a close contest with Chris Madden-McKee only to lose in three sets.

McQuitty must have thought that he was on course for victory when he took the first set 7-5 against the David Lloyd player.

But Madden-McKee had other ideas as he won the second set 6-2 and then proceeded to take the match on a 5-7 6-2 6-2 scoreline.

He will now face Irvinestown's Ronan McKeever in the quarter-finals.

Top seed and title holder Aaron Stubbs continued his three-in-a-row bid by beating junior player Ardghal MacMahon.

The Donaghadee player breezed through the first set against the Rostrevor teenager but was made to fight all the way in the second before prevailing 6-1 7-6 after a tie-break.

Stubbs will now meet David Lloyd's David Weir, who was a 6-4 6-2 winner over Lurgan junior Caleb Ralston, who is top-seed in the U-18 event.

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