Lohan flying Irish flag in final after men bow out
Sinead Lohan will be Ireland's sole representative on the finals day of the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championships after coming through her semi-final today, with Sam Barry and Simon Carr both bowing out at the penultimate stage.
Waterford native Lohan booked her place in the final after eventually overcoming a stern challenge from Great Britain's Emily Appleton at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club.
The opening set was a tight contest, with Lohan prevailing 7-5. After working herself into a 5-4 lead, Lohan rallied to level proceedings before assuming control to win the set.
Appleton appeared to tire in the second set, and a deluge of shots into the net allowed Lohan to take the initiative and soar into a 3-0 lead. A superior serve saw Lohan extend her advantage, with Appleton committing double-faults at crucial times.
Lohan played some expressive tennis towards the end as she surged to a 6-0 victory. She now faces Britain's Jodie Anna Burrage in today's final. Burrage overcame American Quinn Gleason 7-5, 7-5.
Barry produced a spirited display in the opening set of his semi-final, but his challenge wilted against USA's Peter Kobelt, who took the tie 7-5, 6-3.
The Limerick man looked composed in the early stages it was 5-5 before Kobelt made his move. He advanced into a 6-5 lead in straight points before a double-fault from Barry in the next game conceded the set.
Barry continued to bring the fight in the next set but from 3-3, the American took three successive games to seal his progress.
Carr - son of former Dublin football boss Tommy - was facing a tough task against Adrien Bossel of Switzerland, a former world No 262. The 17-year-old trailed the opening set 3-0 before winning his first game and fought well to stay in the contest, before losing out 6-3, 6-3.
Lohan's final is scheduled for 2.00, with the men's decider following shortly after. Both finals will be broadcast on TG4.