Przemek Stec to face Alex Watt in final of Ulster Senior Tennis Championship

Przemek Stec
Przemek Stec

Przemek Stec will be aiming to lift the prestigious Keys Finance Ulster Senior Championship title for the fourth time today at the Boat Club.

The adopted Ulster man, who was born in Poland, breezed into the final with a comfortable win over Karl Donaldson, and he will meet Hilden’s Alex Watt in the decider.

Watt had a more difficult semi-final encounter but still managed to overcome Aaron Stubbs in straight sets.

The second seed defeated the Donaghadee man 7-6, 6-2 while top-ranked Stec beat Boat Club player Donaldson 6-1, 6-3.

Fourth seed Donaldson did his level best to produce an upset but he simply couldn’t cope with the power of the Stec serve.

He was also beaten on several occasions by the sheer pace of the Pole’s game as he whacked the ball to all corners of the court with venom.

Watt certainly had to work much harder for his win as Stubbs fought tigerishly for much of the match before eventually being ground down.

Watt was left serving for the first set after breaking to go 6-5 ahead but Stubbs broke back immediately to force a tie break.

At one stage he looked on course to win it and move ahead as he led 4-1 but it was Watt’s turn to respond and he did so in style winning the next six points without reply to go a set up.

Games went with serve in the second set until, at 3-2 up Watt broke in the sixth game to move closer to victory.

He then held his own serve and broke Stubbs again in what proved to be the last game of the contest after the Co Down man had survived one match point.

“At 4-1 down in the tie break I thought I was going to maybe lose the first set but I hung in there and I think Aaron became a bit deflated after he went a break down in the second.” said Watt.

“I played pretty well after that and grew in confidence and it’s certainly good to be back in the final once again.”

The ladies singles semi finals also failed to produce an upset as title holder and top seed, Karola Bejenaru, beat her 14 year-old Windsor club mate Lydia Kelly 6-2, 6-0.

Romanian-born Bejanaru, will meet Donaghadee’s Lucy Octave in the showpiece after she defeated Ballynafeigh’s Christine Duncan 6-2, 6-2.

Today’s finals begin at 12 noon and admission is free.

Results: Men’s Championship singles: semi-finals: Przemek Stec by Karl Donaldson 6-1, 6-3; Alex Watt bt Aaron Stubbs 7-6, 6-3.

Men’s B singles: semi-finals: Lawrence McMahon bt Steven McDowell 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Tomas Kofron bt Stephen Johnston 6-3, 6-3.

Men’s C singles: semi-finals: Russell Proctor bt Mark Wilson 6-3, 6-1; Stephen Strickland bt Jonathan Quinn 6-2, 6-3.

Ladies Championship singles: semi-finals: Karola Bejenaru bt Lydia Kelly 6-2, 6-0; Lucy Octave bt Christine Duncan 6-2, 6-2.

Ladies B singles: semi-finals: Karla Courtney bt Catherine Kelly 6-2, 3-6, 7-5; Betsy Campione bt Lauren Stead 6-3, 6-2.

Mixed Doubles B: quarter-final: Andrew Moore & Lisa Wallace bt Lee Irvine & Emma Dornan 6-1, 6-4.

Mixed Doubles C semi-finals: James Simpson & Brenda McCleary bt John McCambridge & Sorcha Wolsey 6-1, 6-1.