Wednesday 21 March 2018

In brief: Nadal and Federer coast into quarters


Six-time defending champion Rafael Nadal and Swiss star Roger Federer cruised into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters with straight-sets wins yesterday.

Nadal was rarely troubled and beat Richard Gasquet of France 6-2 6-4 to chalk up his 34th straight win at the tournament.

The Spaniard remains on course for a fourth Monte Carlo final against Federer, after the 16-time Grand Slam champion's comfortable 6-4 6-3 win against 15th-seeded Marin Cilic.


A 3-1 loss to Northern Ireland on the final day of the tournament consigned the Republic of Ireland's U-15 Girls to Bob Docherty Cup disappointment in Cardiff yesterday.

Following an opening-day 3-1 win over hosts Wales on Tuesday and a 3-2 reverse to Scotland 24 hours later, Jason Carey's side needed a 3-0 win yesterday to pip their opponents and retain their title.

Just as Scotland had done a day earlier, however, Northern Ireland cruised into a two-goal lead early through Chloe McGlade and Katelyn McKane.

Amber Barrett did grab her fifth goal in three days -- following doubles in each of the opening two fixtures -- midway through the half, but Amy Macken sealed the win and cup for the North.

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.

RYAN O'Reilly headed in a late winner in Blarney yesterday to secure victory for the Irish U-16 'A' team over Belgium.

Having only played the last four minutes of Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to the Belgians, Ballyjamesduff player O'Reilly made a major impact in the rematch from the start and connected with a corner by fellow Cavan native Jonathan Leddy seven minutes from time.

Meanwhile, in the 'B' game played between the nations yesterday, Belgium took the honours courtesy of a last-minute goal.

Ireland 'A' -- Fagan (Cherry Orchard); Hayes (St Joseph's), Lewis (Aston Villa), R O'Reilly (Ballyjamesduff), Coyne (Cherry Orchard); McGlade (Shelbourne), Leddy (Cavan Shamrocks), Mulroney (Crumlin Utd), Percil (Tottenham); O'Neill (Kingdom Boys), Byrne (St Joseph's). Subs: Mullaney (Portlaoise) for Hayes (55), McFadden (Swilly Rovers) for Mulroney (55), Grealish (Aston Villa) for Percil (55 ), Nsay (Cherry Orchard) for Leddy (74), O'Connor (Curracloe Utd) for O'Neill (74).

Ireland 'B' -- Morris (St Kevin's); Whittle (De la Salle), O'Connell (Avondale), Casey (Avenue Utd), Mahony (Crumlin Utd); O'Driscoll (Skibbereen), Lucey (Lakewood Ath), Verdon (Stella Maris), Wixted (Stella Maris); O'Sullivan (Home Farm), O'Connor (de la Salle). Subs: Crowe (Stella Maris) for Verdon (h-t), Lyons (Barna Utd) for O'Sullivan (h-t), McCarthy (Skibbereen) for Wixted (60), McDonald (St Kevin's) for O'Connor (70).


Ireland's Madeline Perry advanced to the semi-finals of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open at Fitzwilliam with a comfortable 3-0 win over eighth seed Manuela Manetta.

World No 3 and top seed Perry will face Jacklyn Hawkes of New Zealand in the last-four.

However, Aisling Blake went down in four sets to second seed Vanessa Atkinson, a former world No 1 who is retiring after this tournament.

Irish Independent

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