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Ryder & Kippax Claim English Double At Leinster Open

Bymac Leinster Open 2008
Men's Draw
Dublin, Ireland, 01-05 Oct, $12k
Round One
[1] Chris Ryder (Eng)
11/4, 11/8, 11/9
Clinton Leeuw (Rsa)
Chris Ryder
11-3, 11-9, 13-15, 6-11, 14-12 (101m)
Chris Simpson
Chris Ryder
11-9, 13-15, 11-5, 11-5 (52m)
Bernardo Samper
Chris Ryder
11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 15-13 (87m)
Jorge Ferreira
[7] Chris Simpson (Eng)
8/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/8 (58m)
[Q] Joe Lee (Eng)
[4] Bernardo Samper (Col)
11/6, 11/9, 3/11, 11/3 (31m)
Nafazahizam Adnan (Mas)
Bernardo Samper
11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (30m)
Matthew Karwalski
Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
11/2, 11/13, 11/7, 14/12 (58m)
[Q] Philip Nightingale (Eng)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
11/3, 11/8, 11/6 (25m)
[8] John Rooney (Irl)
John Rooney
11-9, 11-8, 12-10 (62m)
Mathieu Castagnet
John Rooney
7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (75m)
Jorge Ferreira
[Q] Neil Cordell (Eng)
8/11, 11/5, 11/4, 11/1 (31m)
[5] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11/8, 11/2, 7/11, 11/7
[6] Scott Handley (Eng)
Scott Handley
6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (42m)
Jorge Ferreira
[Q] Kristian Frost Olsen (Den)
11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (34m)
[2] Jorge Ferreira (Mex)

1st Oct, Qualifying Finals:

Chris Truswell (Eng) V Neil Cordell (Eng)
Joan Lezaud v Philip Nightingale (Eng)
Johan Bouquet v Joe Lee (Eng)
Kristian Frost Olsen (Den) v Neil Hitchens (Eng)

30th Sep, Qualifying Round One:

Chris Truswell (Eng) bt Adam Fuller (Eng) 14/12, 11/6, 11/9
Neil Cordell (Eng) bt Fabien Verseille (Fra) 11/13, 11/6, 3/11, 11/8, 11/8
Philip Nightingale (Eng) bt Dermot McNamara (Irl) 11/4, 11/0, 11/4
Johan Lezaud (Fra) bt Mike Harris (Eng) 11/3, 11/8, 11/7
John Bouquet (Fra) bt Keith Moran (Irl) 11/4, 12/10, 11/6
Joe Lee (Eng) bt Niall Rooney (Irl) 11/1, 11/4, 11/1
Kristian Frost Olsen (Den) bt Tibault Gouti (Fra) 11/9, 15/13, 12/10
Neil Hitchens (Eng) bt Rory Byrne (Irl) 13/11, 11/6, 11/5

Bymac Leinster Open 2008
Women's Draw

Dublin, Ireland, 01-05 Oct, $8k
Round One
[1] Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (23m)
Alexandra Norman (Eng)
Latasha Khan
-7, 8-11, 11-8, 13-15, 11-9 (44m)
Camille Serme
Camille Serme
11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 14-12
Orla Noom
Camille Serme
11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (24m)
Sarah Kippax
[6] Camille Serme (Fra)
11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (22m)
[Q] Dagmar Vermuelen (Ned)
[4] Orla Noom (Ned)
11/5, 11/5, 11/13, 13/15, 11/3 (31m)
[Q] Kimberley Hay (Eng)
Orla Noom
11-5, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
Laura Hill
[7] Laura Hill (Eng)
11/6, 11/6, 11/6
Emma Chorley (Eng)
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)
7/11, 9/11, 11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (57m)
[8] Laura Mylotte (Irl)
Victoria Lust
11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (38m)
Aisling Blake
Aisling Blake
12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 (45m)
Sarah Kippax
Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11/5, 12/10, 11/3 (23m)
[3] Aisling Blake (Irl)
Celia Allamargot (Fra)
11/5, 11/4, 6/11, 11/6
[5] Elise Ng (Hkg)
Elise Ng
11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
Sarah Kippax
[Q] Maud Duplomb (Fra)
11/7, 11/5, 11/9
[2] Sarah Kippax (Eng)

1st Oct, Qualifying Finals:

Lauren Selby (Eng) v Victoria Lust (Eng)
Dagmar Vermeulen (Ned) v Laura Pomportes (Fra)
Kerri Shields (Irl) v Kimberley Hay (Eng)
Maud Duplomb (Fra) v Gabrielle DeLavison (Fra)

30th Sep, Qualifying Round One:

Victoria Lust (Eng) bt Cecilie Mayer (Den) 11/5, 11/6, 11/3
Dagmar Vermeulen (Ned) bt Tatiana Damasio Borges (Bra) 11/5, 6/11, 11/6, 12/10
Laura Pomportes (Fra) bt Carrie Hastings (Eng) 11/4, 11/7, 6/11, 11/9
Kimberley Hay (Eng) bt Claire Kidd (Sco) 11/7, 11/9, 11/8
Gabrielle DeLavison (Fra) bt Cristina Di Sacco (Ita) 11/3, 11/5, 9/11, 11/5

Ryder & Kippax Claim English Double At Leinster Open

Chris Ryder
and Sarah Kippax clinched an English double in the Bymac Leinster Squash Open in Ireland after contrasting finals in the Tour event at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.

In the final of the men's $12,000 PSA Tour event, top seed Ryder overcame Mexico's Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 15-13 in the match of the tournament.  A packed crowd was treated to a fantastic encounter which lasted all of 87 minutes.

Right from the outset, nothing could separate the players with the quality of play matching the high pace throughout.  Ryder, the 28-year-old world No33 from Wolverhampton, let a 9-3 lead slip in the decider as the gritty Baltazar Ferreira, the second seed, took it right down to the wire with Ryder eventually winning the deciding game 15-13 and with it the Bymac Leinster Open title.

The success marks the fourth PSA Tour title of Ryder's career - but his first this year.

The climax of the women's $8,000 WISPA World Tour event was a one-sided affair in which Sarah Kippax, the world number 32, beat
France's Camille Serme 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 in just 24 minutes.

Second seed Kippax, who had knocked out Ireland's Aisling Blake in the semi-final, dominated the final from start to finish against the sixth seed.

Serme had put in some fine performances to reach the final, most notably knocking out number one seed Latasha Khan in the quarter-finals - but the final proved one match too far as she looked off the pace.

The triumph marks the fifth WISPA World Tour title triumph this year for Sarah Kippax!  The win is the perfect final preparation for the Chester-born 25-year-old on the eve of next week's Hi-Tec World Championship in
Manchester - the first ever joint staging of the Men's and Women's World Opens in the UK, for which Kippax was recently appointed 'Official Ambassador'.

Rooney & Blake Bow Out In Dublin

Hopes of Irish success in the Bymac Leinster Squash Open were dashed when both John Rooney and Aisling Blake lost their respective semi-finals to higher-seeded opponents at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in

Third seed Blake, the world number 31, suffered a four-game defeat to England's Sarah Kippax in the women's $8,000 WISPA World Tour event. Blake had overtaken Kippax, the second seed, in the world rankings just this week, but looked slightly nervous as she lost a close first game 12-10.

The Sligo girl came back well to take the second 11-9 but her shot selection at key times in the third and fourth games let her down and the consistent Kippax progressed through to her fifth Tour final of the year, and the 11th of her career.

The 25-year-old from Halifax will face France's Camille Serme, the sixth seed who beat England's No7 seed Laura Hill 11-7, 11-6, 10-12, 9-11, 14-12 in the other semi-final.

A packed crowd was treated to a dramatic semi-final in the men's $12,000 PSA Tour event as John Rooney raced into a two game lead over Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira with an excellent display of quality squash. The Irishman's second-seeded Mexican opponent fought well as seventh seed Rooney missed out on his chance to close out the third game.

The Mexican's superior fitness shone through as he increased the pace in the fourth and fifth games before taking the match 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 in 75 minutes.

Celebrating his tenth Tour final appearance, Baltazar Ferreira will now face top seed Chris Ryder. The Englishman beat
Colombia's Bernardo Samper 11-9, 13-15, 11-5, 11-5 in the other semi-final to earn his 13th place in a Tour final.

Local Hero Rooney Leads Upsets In Leinster

Local squash hero John Rooney delighted the packed gallery at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin when he upset fourth-seeded Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet in straight games to reach the men's semi-finals of the Bymac Leinster Open in Ireland.

The 28-year-old Irishman was made to work hard for his win as he came from behind in every game, most notably in the third where Castagnet stormed into a 5-0 lead only to see the Galway native force a tie-breaker and take the game and the match 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 after 62 minutes.

Rooney, the seventh seed, will now face Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira for a place in the final after the second seed from Mexico beat England's Scott Handley 6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7.

Chris Ryder
, top seed in the men's $12,000 PSA Tour event, managed to hang on for a five-game victory over fellow Englishman Chris Simpson in a marathon 101-minute match. Ryder seemed to be cruising to victory as he took a two game lead. However, Simpson fought back to level the game, only to see Ryder see the match out, winning 14-12 in the decider.

The women's $8,000 WISPA World Tour event saw Sligo's Aisling Blake up against Laura Mylotte's conqueror Victoria Lust. Blake, the third seed, put in an extremely accomplished performance to book her place in the semi-finals with the minimum of fuss.

The Amsterdam-based 27-year-old was always in control - beating the qualifier 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 - and looks in fine form heading into what looks to be an exciting climax to the tournament. Blake will face England's Sarah Kippax after the second seed despatched Hong Kong's Elise Ng 11-3, 11-4, 11-4.

Top seed Latasha Khan was stunned by the resilient Camille Serme. The French teenager twice came from behind before taking the deciding game in a nail-biting finish.

Fourth seed Orla Noom was also beaten by a lower-ranked opponent in England's Laura Hill. Hill was on top right from the start and never looked like slowing the pace as she moved Noom around the court at every opportunity - ultimately winning 11-5, 11-7, 11-9. Hill, the seventh seed, will now face sixth seed Camille Serme in what is sure to be an open and exciting semi-final.

Mylotte Crashes Out

Hopes of an all Irish quarter-final were scuppered as Laura Mylotte lost her first round match in the Bymac Leinster Squash Open. The Galway girl let slip a two game lead to her English opponent Victoria Lust, eventually losing out 3/2 in just under an hour.

Hopes of home success now rest firmly in the hands of world number 31 and third seed Aisling Blake, who beat the Czech Republic's Lucie Fialova three games to nil in an impressive opener.

Top seed Latasha Khan from the United States eased through her first game three games to nil agaonst England's Alexandra Norman. Fourth seed Orla Noom from Holland raced into a two game lead only to see her lead slip to England's Kimberley Hay. She did manage to regain her concentration to dominate the deciding set and take it 11/3

Irish Players Squash up to Top Professionals in Dublin

Professional squash athletes from around the globe arrive in Dublin this week to compete for the Bymac Leinster Squash Open title. The professional event on both the men's and women's tour sees top Irish players compete against some of the world's best internationals from England to Egypt and Malaysia to Mexico. Sligo's Aisling Blake is seeded three in the women's event and represents Ireland's best chance of seeing a home player contest one of the finals.

Blake is currently ranked 35 in the world and is expected to compete very strongly for this year's title. The Irish number two is now well established on the women's tour and recent good form, coupled with a good result in this years Bymac Leinster Open could see her make a real push for the world's top twenty this season.

Irish number three, Laura Mylotte from Galway has also impressed on the women's tour in recent years and the current world number 50 goes into this tournament seeded eighth. If both girls win through round one, the home crowd could be treated to an all-Irish quarter-final and the pair would face–off in a mouth-watering clash for a place in the semi-final.

The Irish pair's main rivals are top seed Latasha Khan from the United States, current world number 26, and England's Sarah Kippax, world number 31. Blake faces Czech girl, Lucie Fialova in round one next Thursday (2nd October) in Fitzwilliam LTC, Dublin, while Mylotte faces a qualifier. Ulster's Kerri Shields faces the tough task of battling her way through the qualifiers to join them in the main draw.

In the men's draw, world number 92, John Rooney flies the flag for Ireland. The Galway man, seeded 8th, has reached as high as 52 in the world in October 2004 and will need to find that form as he faces a French onslaught in first round opponent Yann Perrin and then potentially 5th seed Mathieu Castagnet for a place in the semi-final. Ireland's other hopeful in the main draw is Carlow's Arthur Gaskin. The world number 115 faces a tough first round match in sixth seed Scott Handley from England. Handley's compatriot, Chris Ryder is top seed and the world number 40 is expected to face the wonderfully named Mexican, Jorge Isaac Baltazar Ferreira in the final.

John's brother, Niall Rooney will attempt to battle his way through the qualifiers along with other Irish hopefuls, Rory Byrne (Carlow), Keith Moran (Sligo) and Dermot McNamara (Limerick)

Entrance for this year's event is free for every match and play starts at 17.00 on Tuesday 30th September in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Appian Way, Dublin 6. The women's final takes place at 14.00 on Sunday the 5th of October with the men's final directly after at 15.00. Over 100 Irish league players from all over the country will also be battling it out over the week in the lower divisions.