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Perry Crowned Australian Open Champion

Grays Australian Open 2010
11-15 Aug, Canberra, 
Women's Draw

Round One
Wed 11th
Round Two
Thu 12th
Fri 13th
Sat 14th
Sun 15th
[1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
11-2, 11-4, 11-6
Amanda Sobhy (USA)
Jenny Duncalf
11-3, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7
Delia Arnold
Jenny Duncalf
11-5, 11-8, 11-13, 11-5
Kasey Brown
Jenny Duncalf
7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7
Madeline Perry
Madeline Perry
11-5, 12-10, 6-11, 4-11, 13-11 (75m)
 Alison Waters
[13] Delia Arnold (MAS)
11-5, 11-3, 11-8
[Q] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
[6] Kasey Brown (AUS)
11-7, 11-5, 11-5
Amelia Pittock (AUS)
Kasey Brown
11-4, 12-10, ret
Low Wee Wern
[16] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
11-9, 11-6, 11-4
[Q] Samantha Davies (AUS)
[4] Madeline Perry (IRL)
11-2, 11-2, 11-3
Zoe Petrovansky (AUS)
Madeline Perry
11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4
Annie Au
Madeline Perry
2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10
Laura Massaro
[10] Annie Au (HKG)
11-8, 11-5, 11-7
Dipika Pallikal (IND)
[5] Laura Massaro (ENG)
11-7, 11-7, 11-4
Melody Francis (AUS)
Laura Massaro
11-4, 11-9, 11-4
Sharon Wee
[16] Line Hansen (DEN)
11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3
Sharon Wee (MAS)
Lisa Camilleri (AUS)
11-9, 11-9, 11-1
[14] Aisling Blake (IRL)
Aisling Blake
11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6
Jaclyn Hawkes
Jaclyn Hawkes
11-5, 11-9, 11-7
Alison Waters
Alison Waters
11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9
Rachael Grinham
Song Sun-Mi (KOR)
11-7, 11-8, 11-5
[8] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)
[Q] Amanda Cranston (NZL)
11-7, 11-8, 11-5
[11] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA)
Isabelle Stoehr
11-4, 11-2, 12-14, 11-9
Alison Waters
[Q] Birgit Coufal (AUT)
11-3, 11-3, 11-2
[3] Alison Waters (ENG)
[Q] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
11-6, 11-3, 11-5
[12] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Donna Urquhart
11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-2
Engy Kheirallah
Donna Urquhart
11-7, 11-5, 11-8
Rachael Grinham
Kylie Lindsay (NZL)
11-8, 11-9, 11-13, 11-6
[7] Engy Kheirallah (EGY)
Tania Bailey (ENG)
11-7, 12-10, 0-11, 11-8
[13] Joelle King (NZL)
Tania Bailey
11-8, 11-8, 11-9
Rachael Grinham
[Q] Tamika Saxby (AUS)
11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS)

Qualifying finals:
Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt Bethany Brazier (AUS) 11-2, 11-7, 11-2
Amanda Cranston (NZL) bt Laura McCredie (AUS) 11-1, 11-5, 11-5
Samantha Davies (AUS) bt Selena Shaikh (AUS) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5
Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt Christine Nunn (AUS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt Maggy Marshall (AUS) 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7
Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Grazia Guida (AUS) 11-7, 11-1, 11-4


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Perry Crowned Australian Open Champion

Madeline Perry became the first Irishwoman to win the Australian Open when she beat England's Alison Waters in the thrilling five-game final of the $56,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the sixth WISPA Gold championship of the year - in Canberra.

The 33-year-old from Belfast saved two match balls in the fifth game of the Grays-sponsored women's event to win the biggest tournament of her career 11-5, 12-10, 6-11, 4-11, 13-11 on the all-glass court at Canberra's Royal Theatre.

The 75-minute final was a wonderful advertisement for women's squash, with the match swinging first one way then the other until fourth-seeded Perry closed it out on a controversial no-let call, which caused Waters to throw her racket in disgust and the new champion to throw hers in elation.

The title also crowned a superb comeback for the 11-time Irish national champion who was hospitalised with severe head injuries after she was mugged in Italy three years ago, with doctors unsure whether she would ever play squash again.

Perry was dynamic from the start and caught Waters on the back foot with her court movement and precision.

But Londoner Waters, the third seed, stormed back to dominate the next two and level the match.

The deciding game went point for point - Waters had match balls at 10-9 and 11-10, which Perry saved.

Perry then got to 12-11 and closed out the match when she put in a drop shot and the referees ruled that Waters would not have reached the ball.

"I thought it was a let - they'd been giving those as lets the whole game, but what can you do?" Waters said.

Perry said was thrilled to have finally broken through for a major win. "Getting to the final was a big achievement, but winning it was huge for me," said the career-high world No6, whose ranking is now certain to rise.

"I won the first two but I wasn't feeling amazing, I felt a lot of tension in my body and then she really upped the pace in the third and fourth and I couldn't respond.

"The fifth was pretty even all the way through - you could see both of us were getting a bit tired and not doing that much.

"But I stuck in there and took my match ball when it came."

Perry said she was probably playing the best squash of her career and her win over Jenny Duncalf, the world No2 from England, in the semi-finals was as good as she had ever played.

The win marks Perry's seventh WISPA Tour title - but her first on foreign soil for more than five years.

A disappointed Waters said she had paid the price for her slow start. "I was feeling a bit off physically and she came out firing. I only started to get into it in the third and mixed it up a bit.

"The fifth was a bit of a battle really - I had my match balls but couldn't take them," explained the dejected world number four.

Perry and Waters now join the rest of WISPA's leading players at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open in Hong Kong from 25-29 August. Both players begin their campaigns in the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year against qualifiers - and again could only meet in the final.

Top Seeds Suffer As Perry & Waters Make All-British Canberra Climax

Both top seeds fell in the semi-finals of the Grays Women's Australian Open as fourth seed Madeline Perry and third seed Alison Waters set up an all-British final of the $56,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the sixth WISPA Gold championship of the year - in Canberra.

Englishwoman Alison Waters survived a magnificent fight back from second-seeded Australian Rachael Grinham to make the 13th Tour final of her career.

Grinham saved a match ball in the third game then led 9-5 in the fifth before Waters stormed home to win the next six points and take the match 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9 in a magnificent advertisement for women's squash.

The 26-year-old from London will play Northern Ireland's Madeline Perry in Sunday's final after Perry stunned top seed Jenny Duncalf in four games on a day of upsets.

Perry, the world No6 from Belfast, recovered from losing the first game to record a convincing 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 win over England's world number two.

Waters and Grinham went into the semi-final with their career head to head reading six wins apiece, however Waters has had the recent edge over the Australian, including beating her at the same stage of last week's Singapore Masters.

The world No4 looked heading for a straightforward win when she took the first two games and eased ahead in the third, only for Grinham - ranked one place higher - to dig deep and begin producing her array of unconventional attacking shots.

Former world number one Grinham won the next two then got an early lead in the fifth before a couple of errors swung the momentum back to Waters.

"Obviously going two-love up, I thought I was playing quite well," Waters said. "Then my length dropped a bit and she was moving quite well and started putting these amazing cross-court drop shots in, so I had to hang in there.

"When I was 9-5 down in the fifth I thought 'I've had two really good tournaments leading into this and I don't want to lose now'."

Grinham was at a loss to describe what happened at the end of the deciding game after she had fought her way back into the match.

"I really thought it was going to be over in three but I told myself to push hard and make her win every point," Grinham said.

"I ended up taking the third then she slowed down a bit and I had more time. I got a good start in the fifth and was 9-5 up and then, I don't know, I started getting a little bit nervous and gave away a couple of points, then I lost my lead.

"I think because I only needed a couple of points to win I started to go short too early. I really don't know what happened."

Perry had a slow start in her quarter-final on Friday, losing the first game to Laura Massaro in quick time, but she said even though she lost the first game to Duncalf she had not played badly.

"I had a really good warm-up today for a start so even when I lost the first I didn't feel too bad, unlike yesterday," said the Yorkshire-based 33-year-old, now in her 17th Tour final.

"And then I was kind of dying at the start of the second but I started to fight my way back into it and then it turned. I got a couple of nicks in that game and then I thought I can take this today."

She said she felt good from the moment she walked on court.

"I felt really good movement-wise and I think she didn't like me moving her around - I was getting mistakes out of her," Perry said. "I could definitely feel her frustrations start to rise and then I started to get the lucky shots and it didn't seem to be her day."

Experience Triumphs Over Youth In Canberra

Experienced triumphed over youth when 33-year-old Rachael Grinham downed fellow Australian Donna Urquhart, 22, in the quarter-finals of the Grays Women's Australian Open in Canberra.

The second-seeded Grinham always looked in control against her younger rival as she eased to an 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 win to reach the semi-finals of the $56,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the sixth WISPA Gold championship of the year.

Grinham now plays third-seeded Englishwoman Alison Waters on Saturday, with the winner to face either top seed Jenny Duncalf of England or Northern Ireland's Madeline Perry.

Former world number one Grinham said she knew she had to keep the ball away from the much taller Urquhart, the No11 seed from New South Wales, and not give her any opportunities to volley.

"She's very talented and she can be very dangerous," said the Queenslander. "It meant I had to stick to the back of the court, which meant I had to run a lot.

"With the scoring these days it's hard to win 3-0 because everyone is quite good, so I'm really pleased to win in three."

Duncalf earlier downed Australia's Kasey Brown in four games 11-5, 11-8, 11-13, 11-5 to set up her semi-final against Perry.

After Duncalf took the first game Brown opened a lead in the second, which Duncalf pulled back to take the game.

She then appeared heading for a straight games win when she had three match balls at 10-7, only for Brown to save all three and win the game into a tiebreak.

But the top-seeded Duncalf regrouped and opened an early lead in the fourth which she never looked like losing.

"I'm a little but upset with myself for losing my concentration in the third," Duncalf said. "You just can't slacken off in these matches."

Brown said she was pleased with how she had played but said he had her chances.

"I could have won the second and if I had, then won the third and gone 2/1 up, who knows what might have happened?" said the New York-based 25-year-old from New South Wales. "But I'm pleased with the tournament and I can build from there."

In a good day for the English, third seed Alison Waters reached the final four with an 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 win over New Zealand's last hope Jaclyn Hawkes.

Waters took the first game easily then had to withstand a challenge from Hawkes in the second, during which the Kiwi led 5-0 and 9-6. But in the third the Englishwoman took an early lead and was never headed.

"Jackie played really well getting to 5-0 and put me under a lot of pressure," said the 26-year-old from London. "She got in front of me so I had to get my length right - that makes such a big difference."

Northern Ireland's Madeline Perry recovered from a disastrous start to down yet another English player, Laura Massaro.

After losing the first game in quick time, Perry settled her nerves and played the steadier squash to win 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10, her first victory over Massaro since April 2006.

"I was a bit tight in the first for some reason and I knew I had to turn it around pretty quickly," she said.

"It's not unusual for me to be like that at the start - I just get a bit uptight and once I relax I play better squash.

"I think she started quickly and got in front of me on the T so I tried to change my length to get in front of her and I played much better.

"I feel good (about winning the title). Physically I haven't had any really hard matches. Today there were a lot of lets so it wasn't hard physically, so I'm feeling good."

Three Aussies Into Australian Open Quarters After Urquhart Upset

Australian Donna Urquhart, the eleventh seed, charged into the quarter-finals of the Grays Women's Australian Open when she stunned seventh-seeded Egyptian Engy Kheirallah in the second round of the $56,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the sixth WISPA Gold championship of the year - in Canberra.

The 22-year-old from Yamba in New South Wales will play fellow Australian Rachael Grinham for a place in the last four following her 11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-2 win over Kheirallah.

Grinham, the No2 seed, reached the final eight with a comfortable 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 win over England's Tania Bailey.

"That's probably the best win of my career," a delighted Urquhart said. "I reached the same stage of the British Open last year but this one is in front of my parents, who have never seen me play in a tournament of this size before."

Urquhart said she had gone into the match with a game plan to volley as much as possible and play at high pace against Kheirallah.

"I stuck to it really well, apart from the third game when I had a lapse in concentration," she said.

Commonwealth Games teammate Kasey Brown made it three Australians in the last eight when Malaysian opponent Low Wee Wern retired injured with Brown ahead 11-4, 12-10.

Brown takes on top seed Jenny Duncalf after the Englishwoman beat Malaysia's Delia Arnold 11-3, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7.

World number two Duncalf suffered a minor hiccup when she lost the third game after cruising through the first two without any trouble.

However, Arnold dug deep and took the game right up to the top seed before Duncalf steadied and regained control.

"It probably took a little bit of time for her to get used to the glass court - I'm lucky that I'd already played on it," admitted Duncalf. "The first two games I was feeling really good but then I started slacking off and Delia stepped up.

"The last two games were a bit of a struggle and I was happy to get rid of her in four," explained the 27-year-old from Harrogate in Yorkshire.

Grinham kept her hopes of a second Australian Open title alive when she eased past Bailey, a former world No4.

The 33-year-old Queenslander is playing her first tournament in Australia for four years and said she was still enjoying her squash such a long time on the tour.

"I have to be realistic - I don't have very big ambitions to get back to number one," said Grinham. "But I still enjoy playing and the travelling. I just like to come along and try and have a good time."

Despite the score line, Grinham never looked in any danger against Bailey, with the Englishwoman falling behind in each of the three games and unable to close the gap enough to trouble her opponent.

Third seed Alison Waters and fourth-ranked Madeline Perry both dropped the third games of their matches before winning in four.

Waters downed Frenchwoman Isabelle Stoehr 11-4, 11-2, 12-14, 11-9 while Perry overcame 2008 champion Annie Au of Hong Kong 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4.

Waters now takes on New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes while Perry faces Englishwoman Laura Massaro.

"She stepped it up in the third," Waters said of Stoehr. "She's so skilful with the racket, you never know where she's going to put it - she can put in winners at any time.

"I had match ball in the third which she saved, but both the third and fourth games were quite tight.

"I've been playing well and made the semi-finals and final in Malaysia and Singapore, which gives you a bit of confidence heading into a tournament, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Perry is seeded to meet Duncalf in the semi-finals and said she was due for a big win.

"I'm pretty happy to get through because Annie was a tough opponent to get in the round of 16," said the 11-time Irish champion. "I've been playing pretty well all year - I reached the British Open final beating Nicol David along the way.

"But it would be nice to win one of the big ones to be honest."

Tania Takes Out Australian Open Title-Holder King

England's unseeded Tania Bailey caused the biggest upset on the opening day of women's action in the CSR Viridian Australian Open when she upset New Zealand title-holder Joelle King to reach the last sixteen of the $56,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the sixth WISPA Gold championship of the year - in Canberra.

Bailey, the former world No4 making her latest comeback after both knee and hip surgery over the past two years, recovered from a game down - then from a whitewash drubbing in the fourth game - to beat 12th seed King 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 0-11, 11-8.

The 30-year-old from Lincolnshire, recently named captain of England's Commonwealth Games squad for Delhi in October, will now face Rachael Grinham, the No2 seed from Queensland who is leading home interest in the championship.

The 2006 Australian Open champion saw off the challenge of 17-year-old qualifier Tamika Saxby to move into the second round. Grinham recovered from a lapse in the third game to win 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2.

"It didn't feel that comfortable," the Amsterdam-based Grinham said later. "I think she gifted me quite a few points, but I always feel a bit shaky because I've never seen these young girls play before.

"You get on the court and the points can get away from you. I was really having trouble feeling settled and I was quite lucky she made a few errors.

"In the fourth game I tried to be confident and attack and pick the pace up a bit."

Top seed and world number two Jenny Duncalf of England also progressed with an impressive 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 win over reigning world junior champion Amanda Sobhy of the USA and will next play Malaysian Delia Arnold, an 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 winner over New Zealand qualifier Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Duncalf never looked in any danger against Sobhy, who later conceded there was a huge difference between the junior and senior ranks.

"In juniors if you play a good shot you win the point, but that's not the case against someone like Jenny," said the 17-year-old from New York.

Australia's Kasey Brown, also a former champion, looked in good touch as she downed training partner and Commonwealth Games teammate Amelia Pittock 11-7, 11-5, 11-5.

Brown, who is seeded to meet Duncalf in the quarter-finals, said she was feeling confident after some solid training in the off-season.

"I did a lot of work over the last couple of months and I'm feeling pretty good physically," she said.

"I've got a tough draw, I play Low Wee Wern next then probably Jenny so I will have to be on top of my game."

Hong Kong's Annie Au was another former champion to get through when she beat India's Dipika Pallikal 11-8, 11-5, 11-7, and she was joined in the second round by third-seeded Englishwoman Alison Waters, who beat Austrian qualifier Birgit Coufal 11-3, 11-3, 11-2.

Experienced Malaysian Sharon Wee also pulled off a significant upset to claim a place in the second round. The 32-year-old from Malacca ousted Denmark's 15th seed Line Hansen 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3, and will now face England's No5 seed Laura Massaro for a place in the quarter-finals.

Saxby Downs Australian Team-Mate To Make Australian Open Draw

New South Wales's Tamika Saxby downed former Australian junior team-mate Christine Nunn in straight games in the qualifying finals of the Women's Australian Open to make the main draw of the $56,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the sixth WISPA Gold championship of the year - in Canberra.

Saxby reached the main draw with an 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 win over Nunn to qualify for the Open for the second year in a row.

The 17-year-old was bundled out by eventual champion Joelle King last year but she is a much improved player this time around.

However she will have to lift several notches again after drawing Australia's second seed and world number four Rachael Grinham in the first round.

"It was good to go on court and feel so comfortable - I was striking the ball pretty well right from the beginning," Saxby said. "I've known Christine since we first started playing juniors so it was good to catch up with her for a hit.

"My goal was to make the main draw and anything from now is a bonus."

Saxby was joined in the first round by fellow Australians Samantha Davies and Sarah Cardwell, New Zealand duo Amanda Cranston and Amanda Landers-Murphy, and Austria's Birgit Coufal.

Davies beat Melbourne's Selena Shaikh 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 and said she was delighted to make the first round, where she takes on Malaysia's Low Wee Wern.

"I played really well today and it is a great thing for me to make the main draw," said the 21-year-old Queenslander. "I've played a fair few of the tournaments on the Australian tour and I've been pretty consistent.

"But my goal this week was just to make the main draw so I'm really happy."

Cardwell beat fellow Victorian Grazia Guida 11-7, 11-1, 11-4 and has been drawn to play New South Wales's Donna Urquhart, the 11th seed.

"I wasn't focusing on who I had to play if I qualified as all the girls in the main draw are top quality players," Cardwell said. "I will just go out and give it my best."

Cranston beat local 17-year-old Laura McCredie 11-1, 11-5, 11-5 and Landers-Murphy downed Hobart's Maggy Marshall 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7.

Cranston faces Frenchwoman Isabelle Stoehr while Landers-Murphy is up against Malaysia's Delia Arnold.

Coufal, who beat Brisbane's Bethany Brazier 11-2, 11-7, 11-2, has been drawn to play third seeded Englishwoman Alison Waters.