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Title favourite McKeown faces Stubbs in Ulster Open semi-final

 

By John Flack

Three of tonight's men's singles semi-finalists at the Racquet Lab Ulster Senior Open are teenagers after last night's matches went with the form book.

However, Dylan Leeman came close to making it a clean sweep for local tennis's aspiring stars, only to agonisingly lose out in three sets to the experienced Aaron Stubbs.

Top seed and title holder Jordan McKeown, second-ranked Harry Ellesmere and Cian McDonnell are also through to the last four.

McKeown defeated Windsor's Will Millar 6-3 6-3, Ellesmere beat Rory Cunningham 6-3 6-2 while McDonnell was a 6-3 6-1 winner over Adam Boyle.

Stubbs' match with 15-year-old Leeman went to the wire as the Donaghadee player overcame the youngster 3-6 6-4 6-1 in the closest encounter of the night.

McKeown will now meet Stubbs tonight, with the other semi being contested by Ellesmere and McDonnell.

Tonight's ladies singles semi-finals sees top seed Jessica Leeman facing Annie McCullough and the latter's twin Caitlin taking on Christine Duncan.

So, there is still a chance the siblings could meet in an Ulster Senior Open final for the first time, Caitlin having come out on top at Under 16 level when they were in direct opposition in the junior decider at the Boat Club in 2013.

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