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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Super Siofra nets a Leopardstown double

Published 07/08/2013 | 05:20

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Dundalk’s Siofra Watson in action in Leopardstown and, inset, her coach John McGahon who won the Wexford Senior Open.

MACX Tennis Academy member Siofra Watson pulled off a remarkable double when she won the Girls U14 Singles and Doubles in the Leopardstown Junior Open last week.

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234 tennis players (mostly from Dublin, Wicklow and Meath) entered this well organised tournament, with juniors competing in singles and doubles events in age brackets ranging from under 10 to under 18.

Seeded number two Síofra overcame Aimée Longmore from Glenageary LTC in the semi-finals. Síofra and Aimée are no strangers to each other since they met in Portugal in April at a week long intensive training camp organised jointly by MacX Tennis Academy of Dundalk Lawn tennis and Baminton Club and Casey Tennis Academy of Glenageary LTC.

On finals day, Síofra defeated the number one seed, Niamh Mc Cormack (Greystones LTC) in straight sets. Shortly afterwards both girls were back on court but, this time, were on the same side of the net as doubles partners. They faced formidable opposition in Ellie Murphy (Shankill LTC) and Sinéad Quigley (Glasnevin LTC), but Síofra and Niamh emerged as victors on a scoreline of 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, MacX coach John McGahon was also in the winners enclosure this week when he landed the Wexford Senior Open, feating Fabian Gogolin from Germany in the final 6/2 6/3.

John is extremely proud of all the junior Dundalk players who have been competing on the junior Irish tour this summer and the academy is busy preparing 22 players for the junior national championships in Fitzwilliam starting on August 16th.

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