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In brief: Murray ends losing streak

Andy Murray produced an authoritative display to beat Radek Stepanek 6-1 6-4 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters -- the world No 4's first victory in three tournaments since losing the final of the Australian Open in January.

The Scot, who was given a bye to the second round and is seeded third after the withdrawal of Novak Djokovic, has been practising with clay-court master Rafael Nadal this week with a view to picking up some tips on how to improve on the surface.

Ireland's James McGee yesterday powered his way to the second round on the France ITF Futures circuit.

After winning two matches in the qualifying round, the Dubliner cantered to a 6-1 6-1 victory over Yann Renault in the indoor clay-court event.

Barry King crashed out in the second round in the Thailand ITF Futures yesterday, succumbing 6-3 6-2 to Hiroki Moraya.


The Republic of Ireland's U-15 Girls Schools face a tough task to defend their Bob Docherty Cup crown after losing 3-2 to Scotland on day two of the competition in Cardiff.

The girls in green went into the game in confident mood following their 3-1 defeat of hosts Wales 24 hours earlier, but were undone by three goals inside 17 minutes.

Ireland responded when Amber Barrett broke free to score her third goal in two days.

Despite a gallant second-half effort, led by a superb performance from substitute Aishlin Frawley, and another goal late on from Barrett, they were unable to level.

They need to beat Northern Ireland by three goals in their final game today to have any hope of keeping their trophy.

IRELAND -- A Corcoran; E Lafferty, N Crawford, C McNamara, M O'Regan, A O'Connor (capt), K Carter, C Rossiter, R Carroll, L Casserly, A Barrett. Subs used: C Gillen, A Brierley, M Tyrell, A Frawley.


Ireland's world No 3 Madeline Perry and No 26 Aisling Blake eased into the quarter-finals of the Irish Squash Open in Fitzwilliam yesterday.

Perry beat Denmark's Line Hansen in three games, and Blake overcame New Zealand's Kylie Lindsay in three games.

England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter, seeded seven, squeezed past qualifier Heba El Torky, winning the final point of the fifth set on a let ball decision.

Another qualifier, Tenille Schwartz, defeated the No 5 seed Emma Beddoes in another five-setter.

Irish Independent