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Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open 2012
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $25k+$25

28-Apr, Finals:                                          Latest from Arthur direct from Dublin

[Q] Alison Waters (Eng) bt [1] Madeline Perry (Irl)         11/4, 11/4, 12/10 (40m)

[1] Alister Walker (Bot) bt [3] Alan Clyne (Sco)       
11/4, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3 (54m)

Waters dashes home hopes in Dublin
Arthur Curran reports

The women’s final promised to be a very close encounter between qualifier, although a former world No 3, Alison Waters, and the undisputed queen of Irish Squash Madeline Perry, the No1 seed and the current World No 4.

Unfortunately for the capacity crowd here at Fitzwilliam the match was not as close as was expected, with Alison taking control from the start and dictating play somewhat, but with both ladies playing with great athleticism and grace, she took the first two games in what appeared quite comfortable style 11/4 each.

Madeline seemed to be struggling a little with her movement, which she explained afterwards was due to very bad blisters on her feet, but she came back into the match much better in the third to take a well earned 7/2 lead, but slowly Alison bit into the lead to take a match ball at 10/9.

Although Madeline saved that first one, thanks to a tin from Alison, Alison then took the extra points for a 12/10 win and a 3 – 0 match score in 40 minutes.

“Delighted to have won here again in Dublin, to have beaten both Laura and Madeline along the way makes it feel really good,” said the new champion.

“I feel as though I am getting back to somewhere near my best as I was before my injury and now I just want to get back to the top of the rankings again.”

“I really struggled with my movement and balance because of these terrible blisters on my feet,” admitted Perry, “but Alison has played really well all week, having to play through qualifying, and she deserved her victory.”

Walker claims men's title

The last match of the week, the men's final turned into a really fine match of great quality between No 1 Alister Walker of Botswana, world ranked 18, and Scotsman Alan Clyne, No 3 seed here and world ranked 30.

Alan may have been feeling the effects of last night's long semi final, but in his usual style he never stopped running all over the court, however Alister got on top from the start and took the first two games 11/4 and 11/6. Alister carried on in the third to take a 7/4 then a 9/6 lead but he just could not finish it off as Alan came back with a run of 5 points in one hand to take the game 11/9.

Alan must have then completely run out of steam as Alister in just two hands swept through the fourth 11/3 to win the match 3 - 1, and take the trophy on his second visit here to Fitzwilliam, his seventh career PSA title.

"I'm delighted to win here, backing up from a win in Berkshire in the USA just two weeks ago, it's been a really big push for me," said Walker.

"I want to congratulate Alan for a fine display and his good sportsmanship. I have only played here once before and I was beaten in the first round.

"I want to thank the organisers of this great tournament, the sponsors and the management, members and staff of this delightful club, and I shall definitely do my best to return next year."

Irish Open 2012
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $25k
Round One
25 Apr 
26 Apr
27 Apr
28 Apr
[1] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/,4 11/4, 11/8 (30m)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
[1] Madeline Perry
11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (38m)
[7] Nour El Sherbini
[1] Madeline Perry

11/8, 12/10, 11/8 (51m)

[3] Jaclyn Hawkes

[1] Madeline Perry


11/4, 11/4, 12/10 (40m)


[Q] Alison Waters

[7] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/4, 12/10, 11/8 (24m)
[Q] Lauren Selby (Eng)
[3] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (28m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
[3] Jaclyn Hawkes
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (42m)
[6] Sarah Kippax
[6] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/3, 7/11, 11/1, 13/11
[Q] Tesni Evans (Wal)
[Q] Alison Waters (Eng)
11/8, 11/6, 11/4
[8] Line Hansen (Den)
[Q] Alison Waters
11/13, 11/4, 11/3, 13/11 (60m)
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy  
[Q] Alison Waters

11/9, 11/9, 12/10 (46m)

[2] Laura Massaro

[Q] Deon Saffery (Wal)
11/6, 9/11, 5/11, 11/6, 11/8 (41m)
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/9, 11/4, 6/11, 11/6 (41m)
[5] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Aisling Blake
11/3, 5/11, 11/9, 13/15, 11/1 (63m)
[2] Laura Massaro
Gaby Huber (Sui)
11/6, 12/10, 11/9 (34m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)
23-Apr, Qualifying Finals

Alison Waters
(Eng) 3-0 Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)                   11/3, 11/6,11/1 (24m)
Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-0 Lisa Aitken (Sco)                           12/10, 11/8, 11/9 (35m)
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-1 Carrie Ramsey (Eng)              11/5, 12/10, 5/11, 11/4 (45m)
Lauren Selby (Eng) 1-0
Zephanie Curgenven (Eng)         11/7, 15/14 retired injured

24-Apr, Qualifying Round One

Alison Waters 3-0 Claire O’Brien (Irl)                                      11/0, 11/2, 11/2 (14m)
Sarah Jane Perry (Eng) 3-0 Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)        11/4, 14/12, 11/5 (28m)
Deon Saffery (Wal) 3-0 Orla Noom (Ned)                                11/7, 11/4, 11/7 (22m)
Lisa Aitken (Sco) 3-0 Emma Toolan (Irl)                                 11/3, 11/0, 11/5 (16m)
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0 Breanne Flynn (IRL)                              11/7, 11/1, 11/6 (23m)
Carrie Ramsey (Eng) 3-1 Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)              11/7, 14/12, 9/11, 5/0 rtd (39m)
Zephanie Curgenven (Eng) 3-0 Birgit Coufal (Aut)                 12/10, 11/9, 11/4 (23m)
Lauren Selby (Eng) 3-0 Claire Staunton (Irl)                           11/0, 11/3, 11/3 (18m)

Irish Open 2012
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $25k
Round One
25 Apr
26 Apr
27 Apr
28 Apr
[1] Alister Walker (Bot)
11/7, 12/10, 11/6 (42m)
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
[1] Alister Walker
6/11, 11/4, 11/3, 11/9 (45m)
Chris Gordon
[1] Alister Walker

11/2, 7/11, 11/4, 11/4 (40m)

[4] Jonathan Kemp

[1] Alister Walker


11/4, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3 (54m)


[3] Alan Clyne

Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/2, 12/10, 8/11, 11/8 (61m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)
Robbie Temple (Eng)
 7/11, 11/9, 11/3, 7/11, 11/3 (81m) Chris Ryder (Eng)
Robbie Temple
11/6, 11/5, 11/8 (37m)[4] Jonathan Kemp
[Q] Nathan Lake (Eng)
11/3, 11/5, 11/6 (22m)
[4] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
[3] Alan Clyne (Sco)
9/11, 11/2, 11/5, 7/11, 11/6 (78m)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
[3] Alan Clyne
 11/8, 11/8, 11/5 (33m)
Rasmus Nielsen
[3] Alan Clyne

10/12, 11/13, 11/2, 11/8, 12/10 (112m)

[2] Borja Golan

Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (37m)
[Q] Ben Ford (Eng)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
12/10, 11/4, 11/1 (44m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Mathieu Castagnet
10/12, 11/3, 12/14, 11/6, 11/3 (110m)
[2] Borja Golan
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/0, 11/3, 11/7 (28m)
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)
24-Apr, Qualifying Finals

Ben Ford
(Eng) 3-0 Alex Phillips (Eng)                                  11/9, 11/9,15/13 (46m)
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) 3-0 Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry (Egy)      11/2, 11/6, 11/9 (39m)
Nathan Lake (Eng) 3-0 Steven London (Eng)                        11/7, 11/2, 11/8 (39m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-1 Lewis Walters (Eng)
               11/5, 6/11, 11/5, 11/7 (68m)

23-Apr, Qualifying Round One

Alex Phillips
(Eng) 3-2 Chris Truswell (Eng)      8/11, 11/3, 9/11, 11/8, 11/1 (45m)
Ben Ford (Eng) 3-0 Sean Conroy (Irl)                                    11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (23m)
Mazen Sabry (Egy) 3-1 Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)         11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 (48m)
Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) 3-0 Conor O’Hare (Irl)                          11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (22m)
Nathan Lake (Eng) 3-2 Jamie Haycocks  (Eng)      11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7 (66m)
Steven London
(Eng) 3-0 Rory Birtwistle (Irl)                         11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (30m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-0 Rory Byrne (Irl)                                11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (27m)
Lewis Walters (Eng)  bye
2011 Event  |  2010 Event  |  2009 Event 
27-Apr, Semi-Finals:
Walker makes men's final
as Clyne comeback foils Golan

In the first men's semi final No 1 seed Alister Walker, now representing his native Botswana, defeated No 4 seed Jonathan Kemp of England in 4 games.

Alister took the first comfortably 11/2, but after leading 3/0 in the second, he let Jonathan get back into the game to lead 7/3 then despite pulling back to 7/8, Jonathan took the game 11/7.

However Alister got himself back on track to take the next two 11/4 in each game and the match 3 games to 1.

The final match of the night was, as so often happens, especially when Spaniard Borja Golan is playing, by far the longest, longer than his match last night by 2 minutes, 112 in total.

But tonight he did not come out on top, as Scotsman Alan Clyne fought his way back so strongly from being 2 - 0 down in the match of the day.

Borja took a strong lead winning the first two games although not without battle. Clyne came back blazing in the third, winning 11/2 in just five minutes. Clyne took the fourth with more of a battle from Golan.

The decider turned into a marathon of tight squash with rallies regularly lasting more than 100 shots. The fifth alone took 30 minutes and Borja was clearly tiring. Clyne moved with perfect discipline around the court, repeatedly getting back to the T and retrieving every shot. At 8/8, Golan’s delaying tactics were noted, but he reached match ball at 10/9.

Another seemingly endless rally, Clyne saved matchball and went on to get his own; winning 12/10 with Golan showing sportsmanship by acknowledging his shot was down.

Waters qualifies for final
with home heroine Perry

The first women's semi final, an all English affair, saw former World No 3 up against the current World No 3, and it was the former that reversed her defeat at the British Nationals to take this semi final in three very close games to take a spot in tomorrows final.

Alison Waters is still making her way back up the rankings after dropping to 32 because of a 12 month injury break, but she is not going to take long to get back to the top if she keeps playing like this, getting back very near her old form against current No 3 Laura Massaro, who defeated Alison in the final of the British Nationals in February.

The first game was very tight all the way, the lead changing hands an incredible 8 times, but at 9/9 Alison finished clinically to take the game 11/9. The second again was very close, this time with Alison holding a slight lead all through the game and from 8/8finished off again at 11/9. In the third Laura came back strongly to lead 8/3, then got game ball at 10/5, but with a succession of exquisite short drop shots Alison finished in one hand to take the game 12/10 and the match in three.

All the top seeds in the upcoming Women's British Open must be aware of Alison coming from amongst the unseeded players.

Irish eyes are still smiling here at Fitzwilliam as Ireland's favourite Madeline Perry fought her way into the final against New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes, and what a battle it was, with both players fighting not just for every point, but for very square inch of the court.

The first game was exceedingly tight score wise, and there were lots of lets, but Madeline came through to take the game 11/8. The second was even tighter, with Madeline taking a 7/5 lead, Jaclyn coming back to get game ball at 10/8, but Madeline again excelled to take the game to extra points and won 12/10.

In the third Jaclyn took the lead at 6/4, Madeline came back to lead 8/6, Jaclyn levelled at 8/8 but again Madeline finished off, 11/8, and she was in the final.

26-Apr, Quarters:
Quarters in Dublin

Arthur Curran reports

A good mix of nationalities for the Irish Open quarter-finals in Dublin, which saw the top four men's seeds and the top three women's progress to the semi-finals. The one exception is qualifier Alison Waters who set up a semi-final with Laura Massaro, who needed the full five games to see off Ireland's Aisling Blake, but top seed Madeline Perry remains in the fray ...

First men’s quarter final looked as though we could be in for a slight surprise as American Chris Gordon took the first game 11/6 against Alister Walker.

But the No 1 seed proved why he is the No 1 seed to come back to take the next two games 11/4 and 11/3 playing some exquisite squash in his lovely bright colours against his friend and training partner back in New York and then took a big lead in the fourth 10/3.

However Chris was not to be outdone and fought back to 9/10, then unfortunately found the tin to give Alister the game and match.

Second men's quarter final was an all English affair, with No4 seed Jonathan Kemp taking control over his fellow countryman Robbie Temple, who is some 25 places below Jonathan in the world rankings.

Jonathan got on top on each game and although Robbie fought bravely, especially in the final game, he took the match in three.

First women's quarter final went eventually to the English former World No4 Alison Waters, who had a strange up and down match with the senior Egyptian player Omneya Abdel Kawy.

They both played very strongly in the first, with Alison getting to game ball at 10/9, Omneya levelling10/10, Alison again taking the lead 11/10, but Omneya came back strongly to take the game 13/11.

In the second and third Alison got on top with Omneya’s game falling off, with the Egyptian upsetting herself at some of the referees calls. Alison took the two games quite comfortably.

In the fourth Alison again started strongly, taking a 5/1, then 7/2, then 9/4 lead, but then Omneya came back into the game at 8/9, Alison got game ball at 10/8, Omneya levelled at 10/10 and again at 11/11, but Alison held out well to take the game 13/11 and the match 3 games to 1.

Second women’s quarter final saw two players closely matched in the rankings, with No 3 seed Jaclyn Hawkes from New Zealand just getting the edge on Sarah Kippax from England in three close games with both ladies playing some really good squash, but Jaclyn just took each game at the end.

The third women’s quarter final turned into an absolute festival of great squash from the World No 3 Laura Massaro and the local Irish girl Aisling Blake, ranked 23 places below Laura.

Laura took the first game fairly comfortably 11/3, without a hint of what was to come. What was to come was a fantastic show of strength, courage and lots of skill by Aisling, cheered on by the local partisan crowd. She stormed into a 6/1 lead, then 8/4, and allowed Laura only one more point before taking the game 11/5, which she celebrated with a big fist pump in the air.

Again in the third Aisling started strongly, leading 7/3 then 9/6, before Laura took five points in one hand to turn the game into a win at 11/9. Laura took the first three points in the next game, and seemed to be getting on top again, but Aisling fought back again to lead 7/5, Laura got the lead back to 9/7, Aisling levelled at 9/9, Laura got her first match ball at 10/9, Aisling dug deep again to get game ball at 11/10,

Laura got match balls again at 12/11 and 13/12, but much to the delight of the crowd who cheered every point Aisling won, she went on to take the game at 15/13 and the match to a deciding game.

Unfortunately for Aisling, and the crowd, she must have put too much effort into that fourth game and was unable to withstand the final onslaught from Laura as she went on to take the final game 11/1.

What a fabulous match of squash from two lovely ladies.

The final ladies match in the quarter finals kept all the Irish eyes smiling, as Irish favourite , No 1 seed and world no 4 Madeline Perry, resplendent in a lovely red costume, kept home hopes alight with a very methodical and clinical performance against 17 year old Nour El Sherbini.

Madeline did not have things all her own way however, as Nour slowly made her way into an 8/6 lead in the first, but Madeline played one beautiful hand to take the game 11/9. Again in the second, Nour had an 8/4 lead which the experienced Madeline pulled back to take the game 11/9.

In the third it was Madeline who had a good lead of 9/5 which Nour managed to pull back to 8/9, but again Madeline’s experience showed as she held out to take the game 11/9, and the match in three games.

Finally the last match of the day became not only the longest of the day, as is usual with the final match, but in fact the longest of the tournament so far, with 110 minutes of fantastic squash between Spaniard Borja Golan, No 2 seed and a huge favourite with the crowd here at Fitzwilliam, and Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet. After a battling 34 minutes Mathieu took the first game at 12/10, but then Borja came on strong and took the second in just two hands at 11/3 in only 12 minutes.

In another marathon game the third was 31 minutes long with Mathieu eventually triumphing 14/12, after Borja had two game balls. with The fourth at 6/6 Mathieu started cramping up, Borja took advantage and finished the game in one hand 11/6, then finally finished the match off taking the fifth 11/3 in just ten minutes.

So we have four different nationalities playing in the men’s semi finals tomorrow, and we are assured of a different winner this year than last year.

25-Apr, Round One:
Round One in Dublin

Arthur Curran reports

The first men’s match in the first round saw No1 seed Alister Walker from Botswana come up against the young Egyptian qualifier Karim Ali Fathi.

Just 19 years old the Egyptian put up a very brave performance against a much more senior and experienced player, but Alister held out to win in four games.

Another youngster, this time Englishman Ben Coleman, put up another very brave fight against the American Chris Gordon, but once again the experience of Chris told in the end, with him winning, again in 4 games.

In the battle of the Englishmen, young Robbie Temple saw off the big challenge from the older and more experienced Chris Ryder in five scintillating games of squash, a good match that defied the rankings, Robbie being ranked 27 places below Chris.

In another match featuring two Englishmen experienced Jonathan Kemp made quick work winning against young qualifier Nathan Lake in three games, although Nathan did increase the pressure slightly in each game.

Already running rather late, the next match was another epic, featuring young Scotsman Alan Clyne, against the only Irishman in the draw Arthur Gaskin. Arthur took the first game but the match then twisted around until Alan was leading two games to1. Arthur fought back magnificently to take the fourth game but could not hold out sufficiently to stop Alan taking the final game to win what was a fantastic match.

Stepping up next was the Danish player Rasmus Nielsen to play English qualifier Ben Ford.

This was a fine match in which Rasmus took an early lead in each game and despite Ben fighting back bravely in each one he was unable to stop the Dane winning in three.

The penultimate match featured Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet against Hungarian Mark Krajcsak, and after a strong battle in the first, which Mathieu took 12/10, Mark’s defence seemed to slide as Mathieu took the next two games quite comfortably to win in three.

The last match between the Spanish player Borja Golan, a great favourite with the crowd here at Fitzwilliam, and Jens Schoor of Germany has just started at 10.00pm so will bring you the result as soon as it is finished. Just finished here at 10.20, Borja won fairly comfortably in three, although Jens was coming back stronger towards the end.

Another fine day of great squash and busy work has come to an end at last, so we can now wind down and come back refreshed tomorrow for the quarter finals, which will all be played on the glass back court, with the women’s and men’s matches alternating.

Women's Event

First match up on the women’s court saw the 17 year old Egyptian Nour El Sherbini playing the experienced Lauren Selby of England, and showing beautiful racket skills, despite some very strong resistance from Lauren, the Egyptian took the match in three very hard games.

Next match up saw qualifier Alison Waters (yes that did say qualifier, as Alison is fighting her way back up the rankings after a long injury break saw her rankings plummet) playing the Dane Line Hansen, and despite some really strong resistance from Line Alison took the match in three.

Another qualifier, although hugely experienced, Deon Saffery of Wales, came on next to play No4 seed Omneya Abdel Kawy, one of the more senior Egyptian girls, and although Deon did lead 2 games to 1 after the third, Omneya managed to hold out to take the match in 5, despite some really gritty play from Deon.

Next up was another qualifier from Wales, this time young Tesni Evans from Rhyl in North Wales, facing No 6 seed, the much more experienced World ranked no 20 Sarah Kippax from England. After losing the first game 11/3, Tesni fought back really well to take the second game 11/7. Sarah took the third again at 11/7, then the fourth turned into a battle royal, with Sarah moving into a 6/4 lead, Tesni taking the lead at 7/6, Sarah getting match ball at 10/8, Tesni fighting back to get match ball at 11/10 but Sarah held out to take the game 13/11 and the match 3 games to 1.

New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes came up next against experienced English girl Lauren Briggs, and No 3 seed Jaclyn proved the seedings correct with an impeccable display, with Lauren keeping fairly close in each game but Jaclyn finished off each one with power and grace, to win in three.

Next up was another qualifier from Wales, this time young Tesni Evans from Rhyl in North Wales, facing No 6 seed, the much more experienced World ranked no 20 Sarah Kippax from England. After losing the first game 11/3, Tesni fought back really well to take the second game 11/7. Sarah took the third again at 11/7, then the fourth turned into a battle royal, with Sarah moving into a 6/4 lead, Tesni taking the lead at 7/6, Sarah getting match ball at 10/8, Tesni fighting back to get match ball at 11/10 but Sarah held out to take the game 13/11 and the match 3 games to 1.

Now on the women’s court came the two matches that the locals had been waiting for. The first one featured local player Aisling Blake, very experienced and very much loved by the locals here at Fitzwilliam, facing another young Egyptian No 5 seed and world ranked 18, 8 places above Aisling, last year’s winner Nour El Tayeb. Aisling started very strongly and determined and took the first two games, much to everybody’s delight, and although Nour fought back to take the next game she could not stop Aisling taking the fourth for a very fine win.

The final match featured the No1 seed, world ranked No 4 and the darling of Irish squash Madeline Perry from Northern Ireland, although here in Ireland squash is a very much integrated sport and she is always a favourite here at Fitzwilliam, and she was facing another Egyptian Nour El Torky. Madeline played very clinically against a much below par Nour, who was suffering from a very bad cold, and finished the match in fine style winning in three.

24-Apr, Qualifying Finals:

Some good matches in store today, as all the players battle for a spot in the main draw.

The first men’s qualifier was a really tight close match all the way through, with the much experienced Ben Ford just edging each game at the end, but young Alex Phillips fought bravely all the way through.

The second men’s match was an all Egyptian affair and was a lot less of a battle than the first match, with Karim Ali Fathi overcoming his compatriot Mazen Hesham Ga Sabry comfortably.

The third men’s match started off a fairly even game between two Englishmen, with Nathan Lake taking the first game 11/7, but he then took the second game much more comfortably 11/2. His opponent Steve London kept it fairly close again but Nathan held out to take the third 11/8.

Final men’s match was again another long one (as usual) between another two English players, Ben Coleman and No1 Qualifying seed Lewis Walters, and after 68 minutes of great squash the lower ranked Ben surprisingly came out on top to win 3 games to 1.

The first women’s match went quite comfortably to the vastly experienced Alison Waters against Sarah Jane Perry, Sarah Jane not helping herself with far too many errors.

The second women’s match was much more closely contested between Welsh born but now Birmingham based Deon Saffery and Scots girl Lisa Aitken, and the much lower ranked but more experienced Deon held out the end of each game to win a close match 12/10, 11/8, 11/9.

Third match was a Welsh/English encounter, with 19 year old Tesni Evans from North Wales against birthday girl Carrie Ramsay from Yorkshire, 21 today !!!

Tesni took the first game 11/5 after a good finish, but the second game was much tighter with Carrie battling really hard to save two game balls to level to 10/10, but again Tesni finished off again to take the game 12,10. Carrie then fought back very strongly to take the third 11/5, but was denied a good birthday present when Tesni finished superbly to go from 4/4 to 11/4 in one hand. Match to the Welsh girl again.

The final women’s match was another all English confrontation between best friends and training partners with the same coach, Zephanie Curgenven and Lauren Selby.

In a close first game the more experienced Lauren took the initiative to win the game 11/7. In the second Zeph took more control and led 8/4, Lauren pulled back to 8/8, Zeph got game ball at 10/8, Lauren saved those two and got game ball herself at 11/10, but then they went point for point up to 14/14.

Unfortunately Zeph, in trying to reach for a shot in the back corner, went over badly on her ankle, took an injury break but could not carry on and retired with a badly swollen ankle – a sad end to what was promising to be a really good match.


23-Apr, Qualifying Round One:
No joy for Irish as qualifying gets under way in Dublin ...

Day One of the Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open had no joy for the Irish players.

Youngsters like Breanne Flynn, and Sean Conroy, the current irish under 19 champions, still ony 17, experienced world class squash in their matches. Breanne and Sean fought gallantly for every point they won and showed , that in time, they too could reach world class levels in the game.

Breanne came up against the Welsh number one Tesni Evans. She lost in three games but had a good run in the first ,losing 11/7 and the third, 11/5.

Sean came up against the very experience, English man, Ben Ford and showed that the can live at this pace of game, with his extraordinary ability to twist and turn in some long rallies.


Elsewhere there were significant upsets for Wales' Deon Saffery, and England's Zephanie Curgenven and Carrie Ramsey, and in the men's event Nathan Lake emerged victorious from the longest match of the day against Jaymie Haycocks.
Perry aims for fifth in Dublin
Gina Menzies reports

Madeline Perry, currently ranked 4 in the world will be seeking her fifth Irish Open squash title in the Cannon Kirk tournament to be held in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club from 25-28th April.

But Perry may not have it all her own way. Last year’s winner, 18 year old Egyptian Nour El Tayeb is in the draw at no 5.

Last year’s final produced a world record for a women’s competitive match, lasting over 90 minutes, with El Tayeb coming back from 2 games down to win 16/14 in the final game against New Zealand’s, Jaclyn Hawkes. Jaclyn is seeded three above El Tayeb this time around.

The no 2 spot falls to England’s Laura Massaro, currently at a career high of 3 in the world. Madeline has a 3/2 record against Massaro so an enthralling week is in prospect.

Ireland has another high ranking woman in the draw. Sligo’s Aisling Blake ranked 26 in the world has drawn the toughest first round match against the championship holder, El Tayeb.

Alister Walker, World no 18 from Botswana, heads the men’s draw: one of the few players to have a victory against world champion, Amr Shabana in 2009. Alister subsequently reached a career high of 12 .

Ireland’s Arthur Gaskin makes the main draw. He has just won his first challenger tournament in Doha, Qatar, where he played 6 matches in 3 days and overcame the number 1 seed, Ammar Al- Tamini, ranked 100 places above Arthur in the semi-final.

In his way will be no 2 seed, and former winner of the Irish Open (2006) and frequent visitor to the event, World no 21 Borja Golan from Spain.


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