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25/04/2007
IRISH OPEN
 

Gough and Perry win Irish titles

n a rock solid display to take the match 9-3, 9-3, 9-5 in just 35 minutes.  The 30-year-old world number ten was celebrating her 10th WISPA Tour final, in which she picked up her sixth title.
TOURNAMENT:
Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open Squash Championships,
 Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin, Ireland

REPORTS:
QUALIFYING:
Local Hero Ryan Earns Irish Open Qualifier
FIRST ROUND:
Stoehr Fried By Fire-Fighter Hill
QUARTER-FINALS:
Kenny Crashes In Irish Open Quarters
SEMI-FINALS:
Borja Battles To Beat Bianchetti In Dublin
FINAL
Gough & Perry Win Irish Open Titles
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DRAW FORMAT:

RESULTS:
MEN
WOMEN

QUALIFYING FINALS:

Men's 1st round:
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 11-3, 11-1, 11-6 (27m)
[8] Stacey Ross (ENG) bt [Q] Derek Ryan (IRL) 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3 (43m)
[3] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (64m)
[5] Liam Kenny (IRL) bt [Q] Julian Illingworth (USA) 11-3, 11-4, 4-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-3 (70m)
[Q] Simon Rosner (GER) bt [7] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) 11-6, 11-10 (2-0), 11-8 (37m)
[4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt Scott Handley (ENG) 10-11 (0-2), 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0), 11-3 (40m)
[6] Eric Galvez (MEX) bt [Q] Bernardo Samper (COL) 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
[2] Alex Gough (WAL) bt John Rooney (IRL) 11-7, 11-9, 3-11, 7-11, 11-7 (75m)

Men's quarter-finals:
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [8] Stacey Ross (ENG) 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-3 (63m)
[3] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt [5] Liam Kenny (IRL) 11-2, 6-11, 11-3, 11-4 (64m)
[4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [Q] Simon Rosner (GER) 11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (30m)
[2] Alex Gough (WAL) bt [6] Eric Galvez (MEX) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (49m)

Men's semi-finals:
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [3] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 11-2, 7-11, 11-10 (6-4), 11-10 (3-1) (113m)
[2] Alex Gough (WAL) bt [4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (41m)

Men's final:
[2] Alex Gough (WAL) bt [1] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-6, 2-11, 11-10 (2-0), 8-11, 11-9 (90m)

WOMEN
1st round:
[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Louise Crome (NZL) 9-4, 9-0, 9-2 (25m)
[7] Rebecca Botwright (ENG) bt Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) 7-9, 9-2, 9-1, 9-2
[3] Annelize Naude (NED) bt [Q] Margriet Huisman (NED) 9-4, 9-5, 9-6
[6] Tricia Chuah (MAS) bt [Q] Laura Mylotte (IRL) 9-4, 2-9, 9-7, 9-7
[8] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) 8-10, 9-6, 10-8, 9-7 (65m)
[4] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 9-1, 9-1, 9-0 (25m)
[5] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt Aisling Blake (IRL) 9-3, 9-5, 6-9, 9-7 (65m)
[Q] Laura Hill (ENG) bt [2] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) 9-0, 9-1, 9-2 (31m)

Women's quarter-finals:
[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [7] Rebecca Botwright (ENG) 10-8, 9-1, 9-1 (35m)
[3] Annelize Naude (NED) bt [6] Tricia Chuah (MAS) 9-2, 9-2 ret. (15m)
[4] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt [8] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 9-1, 9-3, 9-0 (28m)
[5] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt [Q] Laura Hill (ENG) 9-6, 8-10, 9-5, 9-6 (75m)

Women's semi-finals:
[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [3] Annelize Naude (NED) 9-6, 9-3, 9-3 (40m)
[5] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt [4] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 9-5, 5-9, 9-1, 9-1 (57m)

Women's final:
[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [5] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 9-3, 9-3, 9-5 (35m)


QUALIFYING FINALS:
Men's qualifying finals:

Simon Rosner (GER) bt Rob Sutherland (WAL) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (28m)
Derek Ryan (IRL) bt Bradley Hindle (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5 (95m)
Bernardo Samper (COL) bt David Barnett (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (34m)
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-6, 10-11 (1-3), 11-2, 1-11, 11-8 (75m)

Women's qualifying finals:
Laura Hill (ENG) bt Orla Noom (NED) 9-6, 7-9, 10-8, 9-7 (58m)
Margriet Huisman (NED) bt Delia Arnold (MAS) 9-2, 9-6, 9-5 (35m)
Laura Mylotte (IRL) bt Georgina Stoker (ENG) 3-9, 9-2, 9-2 ret. (30m)
Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG) 9-6, 3-9, 6-9, 9-1, 9-5 (55m)
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REPORTS:
FINAL:
Gough & Perry Win Irish Open Titles

There were mixed fortunes for the defending champions in the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open Squash Championships when local heroine Madeline Perry clinched a hat-trick of successive crowns to keep the women's trophy in Irish hands - whereas Spaniard Borja Golan lost out in a 90-minute marathon when second-seeded Welshman Alex Gough prevailed to lift the men's trophy for the first time at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.

Banbridge-born Madeline Perry, the favourite, reached the final of the WISPA World Tour event without dropping a game - and faced fifth-seeded New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes, who had upset England's fourth seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter to reach the biggest WISPA final of her short career.

In a one-sided final, Perry put in a rock solid display to take the match 9-3, 9-3, 9-5 in just 35 minutes. The 30-year-old world number ten was celebrating her 10th WISPA Tour final, in which she picked up her sixth title.

By contrast, the Irish crowd were treated to arguably the best contested final the Irish Open has seen. It was a dramatic five-game encounter in which Spanish champion Golan, for whom last year's Dublin win was just one of four PSA Tour titles the 24-year-old acquired, faced veteran Welshman Alex Gough, the indefatigable 36-year-old in his 16th Tour final after making his first back in 1993.

After sharing the first two games, the third proved to be pivotal, going to a tie break. With both players covering every inch of the court, the crowd witnessed an exhibition of inch-perfect lengths and pin-point drop shots. Gough, the world No23, eventually clinched the game 12-10 - but tired noticeably in the fourth as Golan, ranked three places higher, drew level for the second time in the match.

With the title in sight in the decider, both players produced amazing dives to retrieve seemingly impossible shots. But it was the wily Welshman who eventually prevailed, taking the match 11-6, 2-11, 11-10 (2-0), 8-11, 11-9.

The triumph marked the tenth PSA title of Gough's career - but his first since winning the Liechtenstein Open, exactly three years ago, in C004.

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SEMI-FINALS:
Borja Battles To Beat Bianchetti In Dublin

It will surely be a tired top seed Borja Golan who faces second-seeded Welshman Alex Gough in the men's final of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open Squash Championships after surviving a 113-minute marathon semi-final against Italy's No3 seed Davide Bianchetti in the 2-star PSA Tour event at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.

But local interest will be focussed on the women's final where Banbridge-born Madeline Perry, the favourite, will be going for a successive hat-trick of titles in the WISPA World Tour event when she faces fifth-seeded New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes.

Meeting for the first time since contesting the 2006 Irish Open final, Davide Bianchetti was clearly after revenge over Golan in a gruelling match which was a real battle in all senses - with countless collisions and stoppages to argue with the match referee. The quality of squash matched the drama of the match with both players making few errors in rallies that regularly lasted over 50 shots.

After sharing the first two games, the drama unfolded in the third which lasted a staggering 61 minutes, including a five-minute blood injury and numerous collisions and arguments. The crucial game was eventually won by Golan 16/14. After taking a lead in the fourth, the hot-blooded Italian took exception to a decision which led to a conduct point being awarded against him.

This seemed to give his Spanish opponent a lift as he squeezed through another tie-break to win through to the final 11-2, 7-11, 11-10 (6-4), 11-10 (3-1) in 113 minutes.

While Golan will be contesting his 17th career PSA Tour final, it will be Gough's 16th - though the veteran Welshman made his first in Canada in 1993, when his Fitzwilliam club opponent was barely ten years old!

The 36-year-old second seed eased into the final after beating England's No4 seed Jonathan Kemp 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 in 41 minutes with a textbook display of squash.

In the women's event, world No10 Madeline Perry enjoyed a comprehensive semi-final win over third seed Annelize Naude of the Netherlands. The pair have met several times in the Irish Open over the past few years and the clash was eagerly anticipated by the crowd at Fitzwilliam.

The first game proved to be a long and tense encounter with neither player managing to gain the initiative. After taking the first game, Perry moved up a gear and showed signs of the form that took her as high as world number six last year. The eight-times Irish national champion produced an array of shots and pace that Naude couldn't live with and won through 9-6, 9-3, 9-3 in 40 minutes.

Perry is celebrating her tenth WISPA Tour final - though the first since reaching the Fitzwilliam climax last year - while Hawkes is marking the sixth, and biggest, final of her short career since becoming a WISPA member four years ago.

The 24-year-old from Auckland continued her excellent form in the other semi-final where she beat England's fourth seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter 9-5, 5-9, 9-1, 9-1 in 57 minutes.
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QUARTER-FINALS:
Kenny Crashes In Irish Open Quarters

Local hopes in the men's event in the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open Squash Championships expired when Liam Kenny crashed out at the quarter-final stage of the PSA Tour event at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.

The 29-year-old Irish champion looked out of sorts in the first game against the charismatic Italian world number 29 Davide Bianchetti, winning just two points. But, to the delight of the vociferous local support, Dubliner Kenny soon found his range of shots to take the second game.

As the match wore on, however, the third-seeded Italian began to control the rallies, putting the Irishman, the No5 seed, on the defensive and ultimately going on to win 11-2, 6-11, 11-3, 11-4 in 64 minutes.

In the semi-finals, Bianchetti will meet Borja Golan, the top seed and defending champion from Spain who beat England's No8 seed Stacey Ross 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-3 in 63 minutes.

Veteran Welshman Alex Gough, the No2 seed who 24 hours earlier knocked out Galwayman John Rooney, looked in sparkling form as he despatched Eric Galvez. The experienced 36-year-old produced a master-class of shots against his sixth-seeded Mexican opponent, winning 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 in 49 minutes.

Gough will face fourth seed Jonathan Kemp in the other semi-final after the Telford-based Englishman ended the run of German qualifier Simon Rosner 11-6, 11-5, 11-1.

Irish hopes are still riding high in the women's WISPA World Tour event: Madeline Perry won her quarter-final in straight games and remains on course for a third successive Irish Open title. However, the world number nine from Banbridge struggled in the first game against England's seventh-seeded Rebecca Botwright, eventually coming through 10/8.

The 30-year-old eight-times Irish National champion raised her game significantly in the next and dominated every rally, forcing her opponent into a string of errors before winning 10-8, 9-1, 9-1.

Perry now faces number three seed Annelize Naude in an eagerly-awaited semi-final. Naude, who dismissed Malaysia's No6 seed Tricia Chuah in just 15 minutes, should prove a real challenge to the Irish woman.

After delivering a major upset over France's No2 seed Isabelle Stoehr in the first round, English qualifier Laura Hill's courageous Dublin run came to an end in the quarter-finals against New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes.

In one of the standout games of the tournament, fifth seed Hawkes needed 75 minutes to overcome the 30-year-old fire-fighter from Duffield in Derbyshire 9-6, 8-10, 9-5, 9-6.

The 24-year-old from Auckland takes on another Englishwoman in the semi-finals - number four seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter who cruised through her quarter final against compatriot Sarah Kippax 9-1, 9-3, 9-0 in 28 minutes.
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FIRST ROUND
Stoehr Fried By Fire-Fighter Hill

In only her second appearance on the WISPA World Tour, English qualifier Laura Hill scored the biggest scalp of her career when she crushed France's world No17 Isabelle Stoehr for the loss of just three points in the women's first round of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open Squash Championships at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.

Hill, a 30-year-old fire-fighter from Duffield in Derbyshire, despatched the second seed 9-0, 9-1, 9-2 in 31 minutes - a win made all the more remarkable following Stoehr's form this year, which has included two Tour titles from three final appearances.

The only qualifier to survive the women's first round, Hill goes on to meet New Zealand's fifth seed Jaclyn Hawkes - who caused one of two local casualties in the women's event by beating Sligo's Aisling Blake 9-3, 9-5, 6-9, 9-7.

Laura Mylotte, a 31-year-old qualifier from Ireland, put in a great display against Malaysia's sixth seed Tricia Chuah. After losing the first game, the Galway girl stormed back to take the second but her opponent edged out the next two games to win 9-4, 2-9, 9-7, 9-7 and proceed to the next round.

Meanwhile Madeline Perry leads Irish hopes in the women's event. The top seed from Banbridge made a strong start in her bid to win the title for the third time in a row when she beat New Zealand's Louise Crome 9-4, 9-0, 9-2.

The world No10 now meets England's No7 seed Rebecca Botwright for a place in the last four.

Irish No2 John Rooney almost caused a major upset in the men's PSA Tour event when he took on number two seed and world number 23 Alex Gough of Wales. In a tense 75-minute match, Rooney fought back from two games down to force the match into a fifth game - and went 5-2 up in the decider before a string of unforced errors saw the match slip from the Galway man's grasp as Gough won 11-7, 11-9, 3-11, 7-11, 11-7.

Rooney is back on the tour after a break away from the game through injury which has seen his ranking slip to number 323. The former world No52 will take great heart from this strong performance by proving he can still live with the top professionals.

Dubliner Derek Ryan also bowed out of the event. After losing the first game against England's No8 seed Stacey Ross, Ryan produced a stunning array of shots to take the second. The Englishman moved 37-year-old Ryan all over the court in the third and in the end proved too much for the eight times Irish Champion. Ryan fought to the end but his two qualifying matches eventually took their toll as he ran out of steam and Ross forged his 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3 victory.

The last remaining Irish male contender won through to the quarter finals with a five-game victory over US champion Julian Illingworth. Liam Kenny, the Irish number one, went two games in front but was made to work hard for the win and pushed all the way by his brave American opponent who had come through the qualifiers.

Following his 11-3, 11-4, 4-11, 10-11 (0-2), 11-3 win, fifth seed Kenny now plays Italy's number three seed Davide Bianchetti in the quarter finals.

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QUALIFYING
Local Hero Ryan Earns Irish Open Qualifier

Ireland's former world No7 Derek Ryan celebrated the return to the city of his birth in sensational style when he survived a 95-minute marathon qualifying final to earn a place in the main draw of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open Squash Championships at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.

The 37-year-old, who retired from the PSA Tour in 2004, is now a fully qualified physiotherapist and based at Dublin's Sports Med Ireland Clinic. After a 70-minute win in the first qualifying round, Ryan overcame Australia's Bradley Hindle, ranked 90 in the world, 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5 in a tense qualifying final.

The eight-times Irish champion has been drawn to face England's No8 seed Stacey Ross in the first round.

There was also Irish success in the women's qualifiers: Fresh from her first WISPA World Tour win at the Malmo Open in Sweden, Irish No2 Laura Mylotte won her way into the main draw when her English opponent Georgina Stoker, ranked 50 in the world, had to withdraw with an injury with the local star leading 3-9, 9-2, 9-2.

The 31-year-old from Galway will face Malaysia's No6 seed Tricia Chuah in the main draw.

Ireland's Madeline Perry, ranked 9 in the world, is the top seed in the women's event, with Spaniard Borja Golan, last year's winner and now ranked 20 in the world, expected to defend the men's title he first won last year.

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DRAW
Updated 1st round draw:
[1] Borja Golan (ESP) v Mark Krajcsak (HUN)
[8] Stacey Ross (ENG) v [Q] Derek Ryan (IRL)
[3] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
[5] Liam Kenny (IRL) v [Q] Julian Illingworth (USA)
[7] Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) v [Q] Simon Rosner (GER)
[4] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) v Scott Handley (ENG)
[6] Eric Galvez (MEX) v [Q] Bernardo Samper (COL)
[2] Alex Gough (WAL) v John Rooney (IRL)

Updated women's 1st round draw:
[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) v Louise Crome (NZL)
[7] Rebecca Botwright (ENG) v Suzie Pierrepont (ENG)
[3] Annelize Naude (NED) v [Q] Margriet Huisman (NED)
[6] Tricia Chuah (MAS) v [Q] Laura Mylotte (IRL)
[8] Sarah Kippax (ENG) v [Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA)
[4] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) v Line Hansen (DEN)
[5] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) v Aisling Blake (IRL)
[2] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) v [Q] Laura Hill (ENG)
 

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