Jessica Leeman through to Malahide Open final

Jessica Leeman (right)
Jessica Leeman (right)

Ulster’s Jessica Leeman is through to the final of the Malahide Junior Open after a hectic but successful Sunday.

All the players faced the prospect of playing two matches and Jessica swept to victory in the last eight beating Ali McLean 6-1, 6-0.

The Hawarden ace, playing in the Under 14 singles, then defeated Alison O’Dea 6-1, 6-1 to earn a meeting with third seed Kate Moore in the decider today.

In the U14 boys a tough three setter in the quarter finals took its toll on Bangor’s Jordan McKeown as he went down to Ronan Sweeney 6-1, 6-3.

Meanwhile, Ulster players were to the fore as Ireland made a good start to the Four Nations veterans championship series in Glasgow, which concludes on Monday. The event is for Over 55s, 60s, and 65s age categories for both women and men’s teams and a total of nine Ulster players are taking part.

The Ulster men’s 60s team got off to a great start with Neagle Cathcart winning his singles match and then going on to partner Lenster’s Tim Eaton to win the doubles in a close match against England.

The women’s 55s recorded a 2-1 win over Wales, with Ulster player Ellen McCartney playing exceptionally well to win her singles match.

The Irish Over 55 men’s team lost their first match to Wales but David Cunningham, partnered by Liam O’Dwyer of Munster, however, won a very competitive and close doubles, beating the Welsh pair in a dead rubber.

Yesterday in the opening match in the men’s over 65 category, George Lucas beat England’s Nigel Barker in two sets in the first singles match on court.

This was followed by Ben Cranwell from Lenster winning his singles, clinching another 2-0 victory for Ireland over England.

Ulster players continue to make a significant contribution, with the championship remaining open and with everything to play for today.