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29/04/2012
IRISH OPEN 2012
 

Waters Deprives Perry Of Her 5th Irish Open Title

Irish Open 2012
Men's Draw
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $25k
Round One
25 Apr
Quarters
26 Apr
Semis
27 Apr
Final
28 Apr
[1] Alister Walker (Bot)
11/7, 12/10, 11/6 (42m)
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
Alister Walker
6/11, 11/4, 11/3, 11/9 (45mins)
Chris Gordon
Alister Walker
11/2, 7/11, 11/4, 11/4 (46 mins)
Jonathan Kemp
Alister Walker
11/4, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3 (54 mins)
Alan Clyne
Chris Gordon (Usa)
11/2, 12/10, 8/11, 11/8 (61m)
[Q] Ben Coleman (Eng)
Robbie Temple (Eng)
 7/11, 11/9, 11/3, 7/11, 11/3 (81m) Chris Ryder (Eng)
Robbie Temple
11/6, 11/5, 11/8 (37mins)
Jonathan Kemp
[Q] Nathan Lake (Eng)
11/3, 11/5, 11/6 (22m)
[4] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
[3] Alan Clyne (Sco)
9/11, 11/2, 11/5, 7/11, 11/6 (78m)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
Alan Clyne
11/8, 11/8, 11/5  (33mins)
Rasmus Nielsen
Alan Clyne
10/12, 11/13, 11/2, 11/8, 12/10 (1 hour 50 mins)
Borja Golan
Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (37m)
[Q] Ben Ford (Eng)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
12/10, 11/4, 11/1 (44m)
Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Mathieu Castagnet
/12, 11/3, 12/14, 11/6, 11/3 (110mins)
Borja Golan
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/0, 11/3, 11/7 (28m)
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)
Irish Open 2012
Women's Draw
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $25k
Round One
25 Apr  from 14.00
Quarters
26 Apr
Semis
27 Apr
Final
28 Apr
[1] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/,4 11/4, 11/8 (30m)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
Madeline Perry
11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (38mins)
Nour El Sherbini
Madeline Perry
11/8, 12/10, 11/8 (51 mins)
Jaclyn Hawkes
Madeline Perry
11/4, 11/4, 12/10 (40 mins)
Alison Waters
[7] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/4, 12/10, 11/8 (24m)
[Q] Lauren Selby (Eng)
[3] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (28m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
 Jaclyn Hawkes
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (42mins)
Sarah Kippax
[6] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/3, 7/11, 11/1, 13/11
[Q] Tesni Evans (Wal)
[Q] Alison Waters (Eng)
11/8, 11/6, 11/4
[8] Line Hansen (Den)
Alison Waters
11/13, 11/4, 11/3, 13/11 (60mins)
Omneya Abdel Kawy  
Alison Waters
11/9 11/9, 12/10 (46 mins)
Laura Massaro
[Q] Deon Saffery (Wal)
11/6, 9/11, 5/11, 11/6, 11/8 (41m)
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/9, 11/4, 6/11, 11/6 (41m)
[5] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
Aisling Blake
11/3, 5/11, 11/9, 13/15, 11/1  (63mins)
Laura Massaro
Gaby Huber (Sui)
11/6, 12/10, 11/9 (34m)
[2] Laura Massaro (Eng)

Waters Deprives Perry Of Her 5th Irish Open Title

Englandís Alison Waters wins the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open for the second time, proving her injury, which kept her out of the game and tour for a year, is well behind her.

Alison Waters won the Irish Squash Open today against Irelandís Madeline Perry, coming through all the way from the qualifiers. Alison played flawless squash against Madeline to take the title 3/0, winning the first two games 11/4, 11/4. Making only a handful of errors in the first two games, Alison forced Madeline to play defensively and offered few opportunities to break her momentum. Madeline came out in the 3rd set with renewed energy, and stormed to a 6/1 lead, then led 7/2. She appeared to have found her rhythm at last breaking Watersí stride. However Waters came back to 8-8. Madeline saved Watersí first match point at 10/9, as Madelineís shot shaved the side wall line, millimeters from being out. Alison grabbed her next match point to take the match 12/10 in the end. Alisonís current ranking of 32 in the world will undoubtedly climb when the May rankings are released.


In the menís final, the no. 1 seed Alister Walker (BOT) took the title in four games, beating the no. 3 seed Alan Clyne. Clyne was the first Scotsman to reach the Irish Open final in 12 years, after a long gap since Peter Nicolís 2000 win. Having beaten the no. 2 seed in the semi-finals under 24 hours ago in a game lasting 1 hour 52 minutes, Clyne displayed amazing resilience to contest every point with Alister. Alister displayed faultless squash in the first two games, and looked set to win the match. Clyne demonstrated his tenacity and clawed back to 9-9 after a long rally where he retrieved everything that Walker threw at him. Clyne went on to take the 3rd set 11/9. Walker came back strong in the 4th set, and took a 7/1 lead. Despite Clyneís stamina, Walker took the title winning 11/3.

 

Perry And Clyne Make Irish Final

 

Irelandís Madeline Perry, currently ranked no. 3 in the world, has reached the final of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open.

 

Madeline came through against a tightly contested semi-final against world no. 17 and no. 3 seed Jaclyn Hawkes. In the first two sets, Madeline was largely in control, forcing Hawkes to the back of the court recovering shots. Madeline controlled the centre of the court, looking to volley and cut off many of Hawkesí shots. Although Hawkes had game point in the 2nd set, Madeline managed to recover the set back to 10-10, and took the set 12-10 in the end.

 

Hawkes got off to a good start in the 3rd set, catching Madeline at the front of the court several times. She led initially but Madeline soon regained control and fired shots deep into the corner, forcing Jaclyn to play defensively for a lot of the game. Madeline took the final set 11/8 to win in 51 mins.

 

Perry now faces Alison Waters, who came through from qualifiers and beat no. 2 seed Laura Massaro earlier today. Waters and Perry met in the 2009 Irish Open Final, Waters coming out on top to take the title. Perry will be looking for her 5th Irish Open title tomorrow.

 

 

Alan Clyne wins epic final against Borja Golan, taking 5 sets and 1 hour 50 minutes

 

The match of the evening was no doubt between the no. 2 and 3 seeds, Borja Golan (ESP) and Alan Clyne (SCO). Borja took a strong lead winning the first two sets although not without battle. Clyne came back blazing in the 3rd set, winning 11/2 in 5 minutes.  Clyne took the 4th set with more of a battle from Golan. The 5th set turned into a marathon of tight squash with rallies regularly lasting more than 100 shots. The fifth set alone took 30 minutes and Borja was clearly tiring. Clyne moved with perfect discipline around the court, repeatedly getting back to the T and retrieving every shot.  At 8/8, Golanís delaying tactics were noted, but he reached match ball at 10/9.  Another seemingly endless rally, Clyne saved matchball and went on to get his own; winning 12/10 with Golan showing sportsmanship by acknowledging his (Golan) shot was down.

 

Clyne now faces no. 1 seed Alister Walker in tomorrowís final at 5pm.

 

Perry Safely Through To Irish Semis

There were two Irish players in action today at quarter final day at the Cannon Kirk Irish Open in Fitzwilliam.

Top seed and Irish Number 1 Madeline Perry had a comfortable victory by three games to love against Egyptís Nour El Sherbini. Each game was closely contested but Perryís greater experience prevailed against her promising young opponent.  The Banbridge girl winning 11/8, 11/9, 11/9 in 38 minutes.  Perry will now play in the semi-final against 3rd seed New Zealandís Jaclyn Hawkes who had a comfortable victory over 6th seed Sarah Kippax. 

The real drama came earlier in the day when Aisling Blake, Irelands no. 2, great run at the came to an end when she agonizingly lost in 5 games to the 2nd seed and World Number 3 Laura Massaro from England.  Blake, who had one of the best wins of her career when she beat the no. 5 seed and reigning Irish Open champion Nour El Tayeb last night, narrowly failed to reach tomorrowís semi final after an epic battle lasting 63 minutes.

 Blake lost the first game 11-3 after a slow start when she struggled with Massaroís consistency.  However, the Dubliner fought back and won the 2nd game 11-5 and had chances in the 3rd game leading 9-6 before losing the game 11-9.  The 4th game saw one of the most exciting games ever seen at the Irish Open lasting 20 minutes.  World Number 3 Massaro had numerous match points before, much to the crowdís delight, Blake prevailed 15-13.  Unfortunately, the huge effort in winning the 4th game took its toll on Blake, as Massaro won the decider 11-1.  Nonetheless, Blake can reflect on a successful tournament.

Massaro will play Alison Waters in the semi-final. Walters, who had to come through the qualifiers, beat the 4th seed Omneya Abdel Kawy.  The English girl came from a game down to win by 3 games to one in a match which lasted exactly an hour.

In the Menís tournament, top seed Alister Walker from Botswana came from a game down to beat the unseeded Christopher Gordon in 45 minutes.  He will play fellow Englishman man and 4th seed Jonathan Kemp in the semi finals.  In the bottom half of the draw, 3 times finalist here at Fitzwilliam and 2nd seed Spainís Borja Golan beat Mathieu Castagnet of France, in the longest match of the tournament (110 mins), 3/2. He will face Scotlandís Alan Clyne after he beat Rasmus Nielsen of Denmark by 3 games to love.

 

Aisling Blake Defeats Championship Holder
 
Aisling Blake, Irish no. 2 and unseeded in the tournament, had one of the best wins of her career when she beat the no. 5 seed and reigning Irish Open champion Nour El Tayeb to reach the quarter final of the Irish Open. The young Egyptian broke the record for the longest womenís match in history in last yearís final.
 
The first game was tightly contested, with both players exchanging grueling back of court rallies. Aisling demonstrated great patience and won the first set 11/9. The second set came a little quicker, with Aisling taking it 11/4 as El Tayeb appeared to tire temporarily. El Tayeb upped her defensive game in the 3rd set, and seemed to retrieve everything that Aisling threw at her, winning 11/6. The final set highlighted Aislingís staying power and patience to survive the lengthy rallies and emerged the victor, winning the final set 11/6.
 
 
Irelandís only remaining male competitor in the draw, Arthur Gaskin, lost in a very tightly contested 5 setter to the no. 3 seed Alan Clyne (SCO).
Arthur recently won his first challenger event on the tour in Qatar, and has demonstrated his ability to compete at this level.

 

Irelandís World Ranked Number 4 Seeks Fifth Open Squash Title

Madeline Perry, currently ranked 4 in the world will be seeking her fifth Irish Open squash title in the Cannon Kirk tournament to be held in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club from 25-28th April.

But Perry may not have it all her own way. Last yearís winner, 18 year old Egyptian Nour El Tayeb is in the draw at no 5. Last yearís final produced a world record for a womenís competitive match, lasting over 90 minutes, with El Tayeb coming back from 2 sets down to win 16/14 in the final set against New Zealandís, Jaclyn Hawkes. Jaclyn is seeded 3 above El Tayeb this time around.

The no 2 spot falls to Englandís Laura Massaro, currently at a career high of 3 in the world. Madeline has a 3/2 record against Massaro so an enthralling week is in prospect.

Ireland has another high ranking woman in the draw. Sligoís Aisling Blake ranked 26 in the world has drawn the toughest first round match against the championship holder, Nour El Tayeb.

Alister Walker, World no 18 from Botswana, heads the menís draw: one of the few players to have a victory against world champion, Amr Shabana in 2009.  Alister subsequently reached a career high of 12 .

Irelandís Arthur Gaskin makes the main draw. He has just won his first challenger tournament in Doha, Qatar, where he played 6 matches in 3 days and overcame the number 1 seed, Ammar Al- Tamini, ranked 100 places above Arthur in the semi-final.

In his way will be no 2 seed, and former winner of the Irish Open (2006) and frequent visitor to the event, World no 21 Borja Golan from Spain.

The Tournament takes place in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Appian Way, Dublin 6.

Main draw commences Wednesday 25th April, entry free to all rounds, finals on Saturday 28th April, womenís 4.00pm, followed by menís

It is sponsored by Cannon Kirk Homes.

Prize money for each event is $25,000.