IRISH OPEN 2012
Waters Deprives Perry Of Her 5th Irish Open Title
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $25k
 Alister Walker (Bot)
11/7, 12/10, 11/6 (42m)
[Q] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
6/11, 11/4, 11/3, 11/9 (45mins)
11/2, 7/11, 11/4, 11/4 (46 mins)
11/4, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3 (54 mins)
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)
11/6, 11/5, 11/8 (37mins)
[Q] Nathan Lake (Eng)
11/3, 11/5, 11/6 (22m)
 Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
 Alan Clyne (Sco)
9/11, 11/2, 11/5, 7/11, 11/6 (78m)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11/8, 11/8, 11/5 (33mins)
10/12, 11/13, 11/2, 11/8, 12/10 (1 hour 50 mins)
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)
/12, 11/3, 12/14, 11/6, 11/3 (110mins)
Jens Schoor (Ger)
11/0, 11/3, 11/7 (28m)
 Borja Golan (Esp)
23-28 Apr, Dublin, $25k
25 Apr from 14.00
 Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/,4 11/4, 11/8 (30m)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
11/8, 11/9, 11/9 (38mins)
Nour El Sherbini
11/8, 12/10, 11/8 (51 mins)
11/4, 11/4, 12/10 (40 mins)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/4, 12/10, 11/8 (24m)
[Q] Lauren Selby (Eng)
 Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
11/5, 11/4, 11/5 (28m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (42mins)
 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
 Line Hansen (Den)
11/13, 11/4, 11/3, 13/11 (60mins)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
11/9 11/9, 12/10 (46 mins)
[Q] Deon Saffery (Wal)
11/6, 9/11, 5/11, 11/6, 11/8 (41m)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/9, 11/4, 6/11, 11/6 (41m)
 Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11/3, 5/11, 11/9, 13/15, 11/1 (63mins)
Gaby Huber (Sui)
11/6, 12/10, 11/9 (34m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
Waters Deprives Perry Of Her 5th Irish
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
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.
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
Massaro will play Alison Waters in the semi-final.
Walters, who had to come through the qualifiers, beat the 4th
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
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
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
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
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
Prize money for each event