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Irish Open 2018
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $15kx2

28-Apr, Finals:
Araby and Richards take the titles

The Irish Open Squash Championship finals got underway today with the ladies taking to the court first.

Egypt are well on the way to world domination in squash terms and for this year's women's final we had two phenomenal Egyptian teenagers contesting the final. The number 2 seed, Rowan Elaraby who is just 17 years old with an impressive 4 professional tournament wins to her name, took on the number 3 seed Zeina Mickawy herself just 19 years old with 1 professional win also.

The match lasted just 30 minutes but despite this there was no shortage of excitement. After a slightly nervy start by both players, it was Elaraby who played the more aggressive squash using great touch at the front whilst demonstrating great court coverage when needed and found herself closing out the first game 11-3.

The next two games were much closer affairs with both players demonstrating great skill and athleticism. Mickawy was working very hard responding to her opponent's aggressive style of squash and found herself in a tiebreak at 10-10 but it was Elaraby who maintained her composure managing to win it 12-10 giving her a commanding 2-0 lead.

The third game was equally nip and tuck and Mickawy gave everything to try and turn the match around but Elaraby's short game and mobilty were just too much on the day and she managed to complete her victory in 3 games by way of a third game tie break to earn the Irish Open crown.

The men's final followed immediately after and in front of a packed crowd at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, we had the pleasure of seeing the number 1 seed Tom Richards take on the number 6 seed Richie Fallows.

With both men hailing from England their squash was certainly a different brand but it was as outstanding as it was entertaining. Both players demonstrated crisp, ferocious hitting from the start and it was Fallows who seemed to relax and get into his stride quicker getting to a substantial 6-0 lead.

Richards responded but it was too little too late and Fallows took the first 11-6. Richard's response was excellent and with some excellent rally construction and fine hitting he managed to win 8 points in a row to level the game up at 1-1. Richards maintained his focus and forced Fallows to work hard rally after rally.

With too many free points by way of unforced errors, Fallows slipped away in the third and Richards managed to close it out 11-5 to go 2-1 up. The fourth game was point for point until 7-7.

As with the third game Fallow's made just a few too many errors and Richards found himself 10-7 and championship ball up. He only needed the one attempt and managed to close out the match to win 3-1 in 51 minutes to become the Irish Open Squash Champion 2018.
 

Irish Open 2018
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $15k
Round One
25 Apr
Quarters
26 Apr
Semis
27 Apr
Final
28 Apr
[1] Tom Richards (Eng)
11/8, 11/9, 9/11, 11/8 (43m)
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
[1] Tom Richards

11/7, 6/11, 11/9, 11/7 (55m)

[8] George Parker
[1] Tom Richards

11/8, 11/13, 11/6, 1/11, 11/6 (75m)

[3] Joel Makin

[1] Tom Richards

 

6/11, 11/3, 11/5, 11/7 (50m)

 

[6] Richie Fallows

[8] George Parker (Eng)
11/9, 12/10, 12/14, 11/4 (56m)
[Q] Rui Soares (Por)
[5] Josh Masters (Eng
11/5, 11/5, 8/11, 11/3 (44m))
Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)
[5] Josh Masters

11/4, 11/3, 11/3 (33m)

[3] Joel Makin
[3] Joel Makin (Wal)
11/9, 11/9, 11/3 (41m)
Mike McCue (Can)
[wc] Brian Byrne (Irl)
11/9, 11/7, 7/11, 11/3 (68m)
[4] Ben Coleman (Eng)
[4] Ben Coleman

111/3, 11/6, 11/9 (43m)

[Q] Sebastien Bonmalais
[4] Ben Coleman

11/6, 2/11, 11/2, 11/9 (47m)

[6] Richie Fallows

[Q] Sebastien Bonmalais (Fra)
11/5, 7/11, 11/9, 11/7 (52m)
[7] Chris Gordon (Usa)
[Q] Patrick Rooney (Eng)
11/7, 11/5, 11/9 (35m)
[6] Richie Fallows (Eng)
[6] Richie Fallows

11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 6/11, 11/5 (77m)

[2] Lucas Serme
Mohamed Elsherbini (Egy)
11/8, 6/11, 13/11, 8/11, 11/6 (108m)
[2] Lucas Serme (Fra)
Qualifying, 23-24 Apr:

Finals:
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 3-1 Joe Green (Eng)         11-6, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9 (57m)
Rui Soares (Por) 3-0 Sean Conroy (Irl)                        12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (35m)
Sebastien Bonmalais (Fra) 3-0 Charlie Lee (Eng)           13-11, 11-9, 11-2 (41m)
Patrick Rooney (Eng) 3-2 Lyell Fuller (Eng)   7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-4 (65m)

Round One:
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 3-0 Sam Buckley (Irl)                 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (24m)
Joe Green (Eng) 3-1 Nick Mulvey (Eng)                  8-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-6 (42m)
Sean Conroy (Irl) 3-1 Connor Sheen (Eng)              6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 13-11 (45m)
Rui Soares (Por) 3-0 Sam Olwill (Irl)                            11-3, 11-4, 13-11 (45m)
Charlie Lee (Eng) 3-2 Adam Auckland (Eng)  6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5 (66m)
Sebastien Bonmalais (Fra) 3-1 Robert Dadds (Eng)  11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 11-3 (32m)
Patrick Rooney (Eng) 3-1 Conor Moran (Irl)         11-6, 11-0, 10-12, 11-8 (33m)
Lyell Fuller (Eng) 3-0 Scott Gillanders (Irl)                    11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (26m)
Irish Open 2018
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $15k
Round One
25 Apr 
Quarters
26 Apr
Semis
27 Apr
Final
28 Apr
[1] Fiona Moverley (Eng)
11/5, 11/5, 11/4 (22m)
Anna Serme (Cze)
[1] Fiona Moverley

11/9, 12/10, 8/11, 11/3 (41m)

[5] Samantha Teran
[1] Fiona Moverley

9/11, 11/7, 11/8, 6/11, 11/9 (50m)

[3] Zeina Mickawy

[3] Zeina Mickawy

 

11/3, 12/10, 12/10 (30m)

 

[2] Rowan Elaraby

[5] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11/5, 11/6, 5/11, 11/2 (25m)
[Q] Nadia Pfister (Sui)
[7] Rachel Arnold (Mas)
6/11, 11/7, 9/11, 11/9, 11/9 (48m)
Alison Thomson (Sco)
[7] Rachel Arnold

11/6, 12/10, 3/11, 11/7 (33m)

[3] Zeina Mickawy
[3] Zeina Mickawy (Egy)
12/10, 11/6, 11/7 (26m)
Chloe Mesic (Fra)
[Q] Colette Sultana (Mlt)
11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (20m)
[4] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
[4] Amanda Landers-Murphy

1511/7, 11/8, 7/11, 13/15, 11/9 (57m)

[6] Tinne Gilis
[4] Amanda Landers-Murphy

11/4, 12/10, 11/7 (27m)

[2] Rowan Elaraby

[Q] Jasmine Hutton (Eng)
11/9, 11/2, 11/8 (31m)
[6] Tinne Gilis (Bel)
[Q] Ali Hemingway (Wal)
11/5, 6/11, 11/6, 11/6 (31m)
[8] Rachael Chadwick (Eng)
[8] Rachael Chadwick

1711/6, 11/6, 11/7 (27m)

[2] Rowan Elaraby
Kace Bartley (Eng)
12/10, 11/6, 12/10 (22m)
[2] Rowan Elaraby (Egy)
Qualifying, 23-24 Apr:

Finals:
Nadia Pfister (Sui) 3-1 Sophie O'Rourke (Irl)         11-8, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7 (38m)
Colette Sultana (Mlt) 3-0 Sanne Veldkamp (Ned)                  11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (16m)
Ali Hemingway (Wal) 3-1 Elspeth Young (Sco)             4-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (39m)
Jasmine Hutton (Eng) 3-2 Eva Fertekova (Cze)    7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (45m)

Round One:
Nadia Pfister (Sui) 3-0 Lily Lloyd (Irl)                               11-1, 11-5, 11-5 (18m)
Sophie O'Rourke (Irl) 3-1 Farah Momen (Egy)        13-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
Sanne Veldkamp (Ned) 3-0 Bruna Marchesi Petrillo (Bra)          11-6, 11-1, 11-8 (20m)
Colette Sultana (Mlt) 3-2 Charlotte Jagger (Eng) 12-10, 12-10, 10-12, 5-11, 11-7 (74m)
Ali Hemingway (Wal) 3-0 Ciara Moloney (Irl)                          11-2, 11-4, 12-10 (25m)
Elspeth Young (Sco) 3-0 Laura Neill (Irl)                         11-7, 11-8, 11-3 (17m)
Jasmine Hutton (Eng) 3-0 Emilia Korhonen (Fin)              11-3, 11-7, 11-4 (19m)
Eve Fertekova (Cze) 3-0 Nia Davies (Wal)                           11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (22m)

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