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Thursday 17 August 2017

Lohan flying Irish flag in final after men bow out

Sam Barry in action during his semi-final defeat. Pic: Sportsfile
Sam Barry in action during his semi-final defeat. Pic: Sportsfile

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.

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