Stubbs serves up impressive win to kick off bid for more Antrim joy
Aaron Stubbs began his bid to claim the Co Antrim Senior Championship title for the fourth time in five years with an impressive victory on the grass courts in Ballycastle yesterday.
The Donaghadee ace, who is concentrating more on coaching nowadays like many of the province's top players, had little difficulty in eliminating Stephen Wallace on a 6-2 6-2 scoreline.
The Limavady player put up a brave battle against the Ulster senior inter-pro ace but Stubbs had too much in the tank despite his opponent's greater experience.
Stubbs will now meet Sean Moloney in the last 16 of the men's singles event which has attracted a bumper entry and a 64-draw, making it the most popular tournament on the local calendar.
Moloney, who plays his tennis mainly on his home courts in the Co Antrim seaside resort, used his local knowledge to overcome Windsor teenager Anton Robb in straight sets.
Moloney took the first set without losing a game but Robb fought back as he became used to the grass surface to force a tie-break in the second before bowing out 6-0 7-6.
Second seed Gareth McGreevey, who is scheduled to meet Stubbs in Saturday's final, was never troubled by Andrew McKeeman as he progressed with a 6-1 6-0 victory.
Anton Robb's younger brother Jakob kept the family flag flying as he booked his place in the third round with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Downshire's Ross McCarey.
The ladies' singles event, in which Kerri Russell will be defending her title, moves into full swing today.