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TENNIS : Suzanne enjoys double Dutch delight

NETHERLANDS right-hander Suzanne van Hartingsveldt made it a profitable first visit to Dublin when she captured both the singles and doubles titles in the Ellesse Irish Women's Open championship at Castleknock on Saturday.

The 23-year-old from near the Belgian border defeated top seed Emily Hewson from Australia 6-3 6-2 in the singles final. And she partnered fellow Dutch player Suzanne Van Den Biggelaar to a 6-1 6-3 victory over British pair Sarah Coles and Elizabeth Thomas in the doubles final.

Van Hartingsveldt, ranked 888 in the world and seeded No 7, had additional cause for celebration as the Castleknock success marked her first ITF world ranking event.

Hewson, who defeat Ireland's Rachel Dillon in the semi-final, was always struggling with a stomach muscle problem that saw her take a seven-minute treatment break during her contest with Dillon.

Meanwhile, also at Castleknock, Fiachra Lennon achieved the best singles result of his career with victory in the Men's Irish Championship beating Conor Taylor in the final by 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

On his home court, Lennon also enjoyed success in the doubles arena alongside Timo Barry as they overcame the combination of Taylor and Gary Kilduff.

Lennon, a 23-year-old law student, is a member of Tennis Ireland's development squad and hopes that, if he can improve on his fine form, he can reach the Davis Cup squad.

"Being on the (development) squad has been a great help and I have learned so much about the mental side from Aidan Moran (his psychologist). The focus is now on getting into the squad for the next Davis Cup match."

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