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28/04/2018
Irish Open 2018

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Irish Open 2018
Men's Draw

23 - 28 Apr
Cape Town, South Africa, $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)
Tom Richards
11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 (55m)
George Parker
Tom Richards
11-8, 11-13, 11-6,
 1-11, 11-6 (75m)
Joel Makin
Tom Richards
6-11, 11-3, 11-5,
11-7 (51m)
Richie Fallows
[8] George Parker (ENG)
11-9, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4 (56m)
[Q] Rui Soares (POR)
[5] Joshua Masters (ENG)
11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-3 (44m)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
Joshua Masters
11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (33m)
Joel Makin
[3] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-9, 11-9, 11-3 (41m)
Michael McCue (CAN)
[4] Ben Coleman (ENG)
11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3 (68m)
[WC] Brian Byrne (IRL)
Ben Coleman
11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (43m)
 Sébastien Bonmalais
Ben Coleman
11-6, 2-11, 11-2,
11-9 (47m)
Richie Fallows
[Q] Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA)
11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 (52m)
[7] Christopher Gordon (USA)
[6] Richie Fallows (ENG)
11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (35m)
[Q] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
Richie Fallows
11-9, 11-7, 9-11,
6-11, 11-5 (77m)
Lucas Serme
Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY)
11-8, 6-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-6 (108m)
[2]
Lucas Serme (FRA)
Qualifying

Qualifying finals:
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)


1st qualifying round:
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
Women's Draw

23 - 28 Apr
Cape Town, South Africa, $15k
Round ONE
24 APR
Quarters
 25  APR
Semis
26
APR
Final
 27 APR
[1] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
11-5, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
Anna Serme (CZE)
Fiona Moverley
11-9, 12-10, 8-11,
11-3 (41m)
Samantha Teran
Fiona Moverley
9-11, 11-7, 11-8,
 6-11, 11-9 (50m)
Zeina Mickawy
Zeina Mickawy
11-3, 12-10, 12-10 (30m)
Rowan Reda Araby
[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)
Rachel Arnold
11-6, 12-10, 3-11,
11-7 (33m)
Zeina Mickawy
[3] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (26m)
Chloe Mesic (FRA)
[4] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (20m)
[Q] Colette Sultana (MLT)
Amanda
Landers-Murphy

11-7, 11-8, 7-11,
13-15, 11-9 (57m)
Tinne Gilis
Amanda
Landers-Murphy

11-4, 12-10, 11-7 (27m)
Rowan Reda Araby
[6] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (31m)
[Q] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
[8] Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (31m)
[Q] Ali Hemingway (WAL)
Rachael Chadwick
11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (27m)
Rowan Reda Araby
Kace Bartley (ENG)
12-10, 11-6, 12-10 (22m)
[2]
Rowan Reda Araby (EGY)
Qualifying

Qualifying finals:
Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-1 Sophie O'Rourke (IRL) 11-8, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7 (38m)
Colette Sultana (BRA) 3-0 Sanne Veldkamp (NED) 11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (16m)
Ali Hemingway (MLT) 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)

1st qualifying round:
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 (BRA) 3-2 Charlotte Jagger (ENG) 12-10, 12-10, 10-12, 5-11, 11-7 (74m)
Ali Hemingway (MLT) 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 (MLT) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (22m)
 

 
REPORTS

Richards and Araby Claim Irish Open 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.
 

Oustanding Effort from Brian Byrne on Day 3

Ireland's Brian Byrne played England's Ben Coleman, WR 49. Ben took a 2-0 lead 11-9, 11-7. Brian gave it everything in the 3rd & playing some super shots won it 11-7. In the 4th Coleman went ahead to 8-2 and won out 11-3. Great effort from Brian vs a player 99 higher in world rankings.
 
Great play from Highfield's Sophie O'Rourke
on Day Two

Great play from Highfield's Sophie O'Rourke vs the experienced Swiss player, Nadia Pfister. Sophie took the 3rd game and fought to level the games 2 all.

Sophie was trading shots really well but the professional circuit experience of Pfister won through and she took it 3-1.

Ireland's Sean Conroy had a tough but close match vs Rui Soares of Portugal. Rui won it 3-0, but the match was very close with some super rallies. So Rui now goes through to the main draw tomorrow.
 


P.Foster v L.Fuller

S.O'Rourke v N.Pfister

E.Young v A.Hemingway
Two Irish Wins on Day One

Great win for Ireland's Sophie O'Rourke 3-1 over Egypt's Farah Momen, world ranked 131, in the 1st round qualifying of the Irish Open. Playing super squash and keeping it very tight, Sophie from Highfield Squash club in Cork now plays Swiss player Nadia Pfister tomorrow in round 2.

Ireland's Sean Conroy had a super win over England's Connor Sheen, 3-1 in round 1 of qualifying. Sean lost the first game but then came storming back to win the next 2 games and then in a tight 4th game he won it 13-11.
 

 

 

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