O'Mara makes his mark at Ilkley

Keighley News: Jonny O'Mara reached the quarter-finals of the singles and the semi-finals of the doubles at Ilkley Jonny O'Mara reached the quarter-finals of the singles and the semi-finals of the doubles at Ilkley

JONNY O'Mara put together a solid week's tennis at the international $15,000 AEGON Pro-Series Tournament at Ilkley last week.

The 19-year-old, who was born in Keighley, reached only his second quarter-final of the year before losing to fourth seed Neil Pauffley 6-3, 7-5.

Unseeded O'Mara defeated Jessy Kalambay (Switzerland) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and seventh seed James Marsalek (Great Britain), who is ranked 120 places higher at 782, 7-6, (9-7), 6-2.

O'Mara has had a much more successful season in doubles, having won titles at Newcastle and Edinburgh with Marcus Willis.

He reached the semi-finals at Ilkley, partnering fellow Brit Scott Clayton.

The fourth seeds certainly got their money's worth in the opening two rounds, beating Americans Erik Elliott and Matt Seeberger 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-1), (11-9) and Joe Salisbury (Great Britain) and David O'Hare (Ireland) 1-6, 6-4, (12-10) before losing 6-3, 6-3 to eventual winners and top seeds Lewis Burton and Ed Corrie (Great Britain).

New Zealander Marcus Daniell was crowned men's singles champion at Ilkley.

The 24-year-old won his maiden singles title there last year and successfully defended it.

"Grass is my favourite surface and there is the river nearby and the moor, where I have walked in the evenings. Scenically it is the most beautiful," said the Kiwi Davis Cup player, who won 6-2, 7-5 over unseeded Briton Lewis Burton in 1hr 19min.

Daniell was soon in charge against the 22-year-old, who was affected by nerves, and was able to hit most of his volleys downwards, whereas Burton was often forced to volley defensively.

At least Burton had the consolation of winning the doubles title, top seeds Burton and Ed Corrie beating second seeds Brydan Klein and Joshua Ward-Hibbert, also of Britain, 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

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