The packed David Lloyd crowd witnessed an absolutely brilliant final in which Ryan saved match points with some breath-taking play and also a slice of luck here and there. The final set in particular had everything with the superb top -v- top rallies providing some stunning entertainment for the gallery. Special mention must go to Ormeau’s Max Skelton (14) who reached his first Irish Ranking Senior Semi Final after beating clubmate Zak Earley in a pulsating ¼ final.
Business as usual for Ormeau’s Sophie Earley (13) who went through the whole Tournament without dropping a set. Sophie never really had to get out of 2nd gear and looked a class above all her rivals which is a testament to her commitment to the game and the hours on the practice table that comes with it.
Gavin Maguire and Artur Bialek contested the Final. Gavin encountered little opposition in his path to the final with the exception of a close match with left hander Keith Knox. It was different for Bialek who had a close 5 set match versus young Irish player, Art McLaughlin. In the final Bialek won 10/12, 11/6, 11/7, 11/6.
Mia O’Rahilly Egan and Rebecca Finn and that is the way it worked out. Mia advanced to the semi finals where she had a nail-biting match with cadet player Lucy McIvor winning in 4 close sets. Rebecca also advanced to the semis where she also had to pull out all stops to beat Roxsana Szpliska in 5 sets. The final saw Rebecca beat top seed Mia 11/3,8/11, 11/9, 11/7.
Gavin Maguire showed his class by winning the Men’s Singles event without dropping a set. He was given a tough test in the 1/4 Finals by 13-year-old Ormeau star James Skelton and then defeated top Ormeau Veteran Daryl Strong in the Semis. The final against Dubliner Sam Logue was a high quality match with some outstanding rallies, however Gavin was just too good on the day.
Top German Junior Sejla Fazlic who has recently moved to Dublin. Sejla produced some brilliant attacking shots with her Short Pimpled Forehand and only dropped one set on her way to victory. Runner Up was 11 year old Ormeau starlet Sophie Earley who has just returned from the Euro Minis with an unbelievable 5th place finish. Sophie will learn a lot from playing someone with the quality of Sejla and come back even stronger as always. Third place went to Pravesha Ragi from PingZone in Dublin.