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 Przemek makes history

Przemek makes historyPrzemek makes history when he became the first player in 63 years to complete a hat-trick of men’s singles Ulster Open titles. The Windsor coach from Poland produced flashes of brilliance on his way to a 6-2 6-4 victory over number three seed Karl Donaldson at Belfast Boat Club.

The Ulster Senior Open 2012 came to an end on Saturday 9th June with some well contested finals. After a week of heavy rain and tough playing conditions Saturday saw a dry and almost sunny day for the finals! Przemek Stec, playing for the Windsor Tennis Club Belfast,  was victorious once again in the Mens singles event beating Karl Donaldson to claim his 3rd title in a row. On the ladies side the final was between 2 junior players and saw Karola Bejenaru beating her friend Emily Beatty to become the youngest winner since Claire Curran.

Przemek, not resting on his laurels then made it four titles in five years at the Windsor Super Set tournament despite having to play through the pain barrier. The Windsor head coach came through his group undefeated but in the middle of the third game of the final with Karl Donaldson he began to feel unwell.

Nevertheless, he managed to come through a tense decider with east Belfast man Donaldson — who he had beaten in the recent Ulster senior final — to edge it 6-5.

Donaldson recovered from a defeat to Ben Kelly in his opening group match to go on and defeat Ben Fetherston and most impressively Peter Bothwell, 6-5, to clinch his spot in the decider. Bothwell had beaten Kelly 6-2.

Pole Stec, who completed a hattrick of titles at the one-set invitational event, said: “I had very bad stomach cramps, I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t serve for most of the set the way I wanted to. But I just kept fighting and got there in the end.

I won’t take anything away from Karl either because he played very well. He was very consistent and even if I didn’t have the pain it would have been a tough final.

I won a hat-trick of Ulster Opens and now this hat-trick so I’m very pleased and it’s nice to win your home tournament.

It wasn’t easy for anyone because of the weather but the standard was good.”

Windsor Super Set results
Group A: Przemek Stec beat Sam Bothwell 6-2; Aaron Stubbs beat Neil Stewart 6-1; Przemek Stec beat Aaron Stubbs 6-3; Sam Bothwell beat Neil Stewart 6-4; Przemek Stec beat Neil Stewart 6-3; Sam Bothwell beat Aaron Stubbs 6-1

Group B: Peter Bothwell beat Ben Fetherston 6-4; Ben Kelly beat Karl Donaldson 6-3; Peter Bothwell beat Ben Kelly 6-2; Karl Donaldson beat Ben Fetherston 6-2; Ben Fetherston beat Ben Kelly 6-5; Karl Donaldson beat Peter Bothwell 6-5

Final: Przemek Stec beat Karl Donaldson 6-5

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Przemek makes history when he became the first player in 63 years to complete a hat-trick of men's singles Ulster Open titles.