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Magic Morrissey's light doesn't go out until quarters

John Morrissey can rightly feel pleased with his run at the boys' tennis tournament, at the World Youth Olympics in Singapore.

After defeating Diego Acosta of Ecuador 7-5 6-1 in the opening round, the young Dublin player made the quarter-finals after a brilliant victory over Duilio Beretta from Peru 6-3 7-6(4), currently ranked at No7 in the world.

In the quarter-finals he put up a brave fight against the world's top junior Yuki Bhambri from India, losing 6-4 6-4.

Bhambri, who trains at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Florida, conceded victory in the final to Colombian Juan Sebastian Gomeza. Locally, Alan Gleeson beat top seed Ciaran Fitzgerald to win the U18 boys' singles title at the William Fry Junior Tennis Championships of Ireland at Fitzwilliam.

In a tense match, Gleeson battled his way to victory in the opening set, but then lost the second. Only at 7-6 in the third did he edge away for victory.

Taking three titles was Grainne O'Neill. In the U18 singles final, she beat Sinead Lohan, despite dropping the first set 1-6.

She paired up with Alison Clark to win the doubles, beating Sinead Kennedy and Becky O'Hanlon, while in the mixed doubles, she and partner Stephen Martin overcame Ross Hurley and Becky O'Hanlon in the final.

Winning the boys' U18 doubles were Rory Duignan and Darragh Glavin. They beat Jack Devine and Stephen Martin in the final.

In the girls' U16 final, Jane Fennelly had a comfortable win over Siobhan Ryan-Bovey.

Sinead Lohan won the U16 doubles, pairing up with Ryan-Bovey to beat Alexandra Drummy and Jane Fennelly.


Aaron Stubbs was a surprise winner of the boys' U16 singles, putting out top seed Harry Walshe in the semi-finals and then beating Odhran O'Sullivan Hamill for the title. Winning the doubles were Ben Dillon and John Tougher.

Northern Ireland player Stafford Lynn beat Gareth Greene to win the A singles at the Irish Wheelchair Tennis Open in David Lloyd Riverview, Dublin. There was some consolation for Greene, however, when he paired up with Dave Griffith to win the A doubles, beating Anthony Carter and Ivor Jess. Griffith won the B singles, holding off the challenge of Pat O'Neill.

In the B doubles, a mixed team of basketball international Jean Daly and Dave Bowyer were too strong for the pairing of Pat O'Neil and Gary Craig.

At the East of Ireland Championships in Lansdowne, Dublin, Lynsey McCullough won the women's singles, beating her doubles partner Niamh Coveney in the final. McCullough and Coveney won the doubles.

Fiachre Lennon beat Stephen Taylor in the men's singles final and paired up with Gary John Kilduff to take the doubles.