Thursday 21 March 2019

Tennis: Brilliant Barry backs up his top-seed status in the Nationals

Top seed Sam Barry duly took the under-18 boy's title at the National Junior Tennis Championships at Fitzwilliam.

Against the No 2 seed Connor Smith, Barry won the first set easily 6-2, but was pushed hard to close out the match in the second, with the eventual score 7-6.

Barry was also pushed in his semi-final against No 2 seed David O'Hare, but eventually won 6-4, 5-7, 7-6. He had beaten eighth seed Ronan Gorgan in the quarter-finals.

Smith beat No 4 seed Ciaran Fitzgerald 6-2, 7-5 in his semi-final after dismissing Lorcan Kelleher in the quarters.

In the girl's U18 final, Amy Bowtell, seeded at No 2, easily beat top seed Maria Morrissey 6-1, 6-2 to show a return to the kind of form that saw her playing so well on the international junior tour earlier this year.

In the semi-finals, Bowtell had beaten Lyndsey McCullough 7-5, 6-0 after a tough opening set. Morrissey dismissed Alexandra Pickerell without losing a game.

Susan McRann, seeded at 2, recovered from a slow start to win the girl's U16 title, beating top seed Hannah May Morrissey 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.

About the only upset came in the boy's Under 16 draw, with second seed Alan Gleeson forced to retire after the first set of his quarter- final match against Ross Hurley.

In the semi-final, Hurley lost to Damon Gaffney who went on to face top seed John Morrisey in the final. Morrissey then won in straight sets.

Barry King upset the odds to win the East of Ireland title at Lansdowne LTC, Dublin.

No 1 seed Conor Taylor went out to Martin Golab in the second round, giving Fiacre Lennon an easier than expected passage through to the final.

On the other side of the draw, No 2 seed Daniel Glancy lost to King in the semi-finals.

King beat Lennon 6-4, 6-2 to take the title. In the women's decier top seed Mariyna Levova beat No 2 serd Leslie O'Halloran.

In the year Irish tennis celebrates its centenary, Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club was presented with the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) Centenary Club of the Year award at the Tennis Ireland Centenary dinner at the Helix, DCU.

Frank Goodman, president of Dublin's Charleville Lawn Tennis Club and current chairman of the Tennis Ireland board, received the Bank of Scotland (Ireland) President's Award for Services to Tennis.

What's on:

Aug 22-31: Ulster Junior Hard Court Championships.

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