Teen Drummy marches into Open quater-finals
Fresh from her maiden adult singles title success just over a month ago in Portugal, Georgia Drummy laid down another significant marker when sealing a quarter-final place in the AIG Irish Women's Open.
A 6-1 6-2 winner over Malahide's Sarah O'Connor in the opening round of the world-ranking event at the Carrickmines club, the 19-year-old Dubliner yesterday saw off of Belfast-based Romanian Karola-Patricia Bejenaru on a decisive 6-2 6-2 margin.
And a telling indication of the merit of Drumm's victory, which was achieved in an hour and 26 minutes, is the fact her 22-year-old opponent is a regular participant on the ITF World Tour.
In contrast, Drummy, a tennis scholarship student in Florida, and who played in the four U-18 Grand Slams as a junior, is this week appearing in only her third adult world ranking tournament on this year's ITF calendar.
Two service breaks in each set proved sufficient for the Donnybrook club player to clinch a last-eight clash against unseeded French native Sophia Biolay, a 5-7 6-4 6-4 winner yesterday over South African qualifier Natasha Fourouclas.
Also yesterday in the women's event, Ireland Fed Cup ace Sinead Lohan pushed top seed Alice Robbe hard, the French player having to be content with a 6-3 7-5 (7/5) victory margin after an hour and 56 minutes.
In the men's Irish Open, defending Peter Bothwell was severely extended by Austria's unseeded Gibril Diarra, the national No 1 and No 3 seed having to stay on court for a marathon two hours and 58 minutes before prevailing 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 6-2.
Later, Simon Carr went perilously close to crashing out in the second round, the Irish No 2 eventually just managing to fend off Britain's Scott Duncan on a 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7/3) margin after two hours and 59 minutes.