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Milestone Tenth Title For Perry After Fifth Irish Open Win

Irish Open 2013
Women's Draw
22-27 Apr, Dublin, $15k
Round One
24 Apr
25 Apr
26 Apr
27 Apr
[1] Madeline Perry (Irl)
13/11, 11/5, 11/5 (31m)
[Q] Miriam Metwally (Egy)
Madeline Perry
11:9, 11:7, 11:7 (30mins)
Misaki Kobayashi
Madeline Perry
12:10, 10:12, 11:5, 11:4 (44mins)
Deon Saffery
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Madeline Perry
11/5, 11/9, 8/11, 11/13 (60m)
Nicolette Fernandes

[8] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
13/11, 11/7, 11/9 (41m)
Lisa Aitken (Sco)
[3] Aisling Blake (Irl)
11,5, 11,7, 11,9 (30m
[Q] Deon Saffery (Wal)
Deon Saffery
11:7, 11:5, 11:9 (38mins)
Coline Aumard
[5] Lauren Briggs (Eng)
11/4, 11/2, 5/11, 11/7 46
Coline Aumard (Fra)
[Q] Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
11,8, 11,5, 11,8 (24m)
[7] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
Emma Beddoes
6:11, 12:10, 13:11, 13:11 (64mins)
Emily Whitlock
Emily Whitlock
11:2, 11:9, 11:6 (40mins)
Nicolette Fernandes
Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11,9, 11,13, 11,7, 11,7 (57m
[4] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
[Q] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
11/3, 11/3, 12/10 (33m)
[6] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
Nicolette Fernandes
11:9, 11:9, 11:3 (45mins)
Samantha Teran
Lauren Selby (Eng)
6/11, 14/12, 11/8, 11/6 (37m)
[2] Samantha Teran (Mex)

Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Gaby Huber (SUI) - 11:6, 11:5, 11:8 (38mins)
Sarah Caldwell (AUS) bt Orla Noom (NED) - 11:5, 11:5, 11:3 (20mins)
Milou van der Heljden (NED) bt Maud Duplomb (FRA) - 11:7, 12:10, 13:11 (30mins)
Deon Saffrey (WAL) bt Birgit Coufal (AUT) - 11:7, 8:11, 11:8, 11:5 (28mins)

Irish Open 2013
Men's Draw
22-27 Apr, Dublin, $15k
Round One
24 Apr
25 Apr
26 Apr
27 Apr
[1] Chris Simpson (Eng)
 11/7, 9/11, 11/6, 11/8. 66 m
[Q] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
Chris Simpson
11:9, 11:4, 4:11, 11:2 (52mins)
Jens Schoor
Chris Simpson
11:9, 12:10, 4:11, 11:6 (63mins)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Omar Abdel Meguid
13/11, 8/11, 11/7, 11/2 (57m)

Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan

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Charles Sharpes (Eng)
12:10, 8:11, 12:10, 11:7 (64m
[Q] Jens Schoor (Ger)
Nasir Iqbal (Pak)
11:13, 11:7, 11:13, 11:3, 11:3 (63m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (Fra)
Lucas Serme
11:13, 11:9, 11:4, 11:5 (73mins)
Omar Abdel Meguid
[3] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
13:11, 11:8, 11:8 (57m
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
Christopher Gordon (Usa)
11/2, 11/8, 13/11 (65m)
[4] Shahier Razik (Can)
Christopher Gordon
11:8, 7:11, 11:9, 11:3 (71mins)
Arthur Gaskin
Christopher Gordon
11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 11-5 (50m)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/8, 11/7, 11/8 (51m)
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
5/11, 11/9, 11/4, 14/12 (61m)
[Q] Zahed Mohamed (Egy)
Shaun Le Roux
12:10, 11:6, 11:6 (40mins)
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan
[LL] Johan Bouquet (Fra)
11/9, 11/4, 11/13, 11/7 (48m)
[2] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)

Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Alejandro Garbi Caro (ESP) - 5:11, 11:6, 11:7, 9:11, 11:6 (70mins)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Joel Hinds (ENG) - 8:11, 8:11, 11:9, 11:6, 11:3 (72min)
Jens Schoor (GER) bt Alex Phillips (ENG) - 11:5, 10:12, 13:11, 3:11, 12:10 (60mins)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt Johan Bouquet (FRA) - 11:6, 11:3, 11:7 (29mins)
Lucky Loser Johan Bouquet (FRA), plays Mohd Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan


Presentation with Winners and Losing Finalists

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Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton lent her support  to back Squash's bid for inclusion into the 2020 Olympics.  She is pictured here with Alex Gough, Chief Executive, PSA

Madeline Perry and
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan
Celebrate their Wins

Milestone Tenth Title For Perry After Fifth Irish Open Win

Madeline Perry claimed her milestone tenth WSA World Tour title yesterday after winning her fifth Tour15 Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open

The 36-year-old from Bambridge, Ireland set about reclaiming the title she last won in 2010 in a clinical fashion, dispatching Egyptian qualifier Mariam Ibrahim Metwally in straight games after a narrow opener. 

Last year’s event runner-up then made similarly short work of Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi in 30-minutes to ensure her tenth consecutive Irish Open semi-final appearance. 

There, she faced surprise semi-finalist Deon Saffery had who scalped third seed and local hope Aisling Blake in straight games.  The Welshwoman caused Perry some trouble in the early stages of the game, just losing out in a first game tie-break before claiming the second by a similar score-line.  Perry’s experience at the top levels of women’s squash enabled the former world No.3 to move past her opponent in four games and in to the seventh Irish Open final of her career. 

Her final opponent, No.6 seed Nicolette Fernandes made her way past qualifier Sarah Cardwell of Australia in the opening round, before surprising Mexican second seed Samantha Teran in a dominant three game victory. 

The Guyana international continued her strong form into the semi’s as she shut out English teenager, fourth seed Emily Whitlock, also in straight games. 

Reaching the seventh WSA final of her career, Fernandes was unable to continue her form against the quality of Madeline Perry, and the Irishwoman took a strong first game lead before doubling her advantage with a narrow second game.  Fernandes’ slow start had hindered her initial progress, but she slowly worked to establish herself in the contest.  Despite letting a good lead slip in the second, her resilience was rewarded in the third game, as she won to throw Perry’s dominance into question. 

The experienced Perry responded well however, and her opponent had no response as she steamrollered the fourth game to end the competition with her milestone tenth WSA World Tour title, and fifth on home soil. 

Irish Open Climaxes With Wan Win

Malaysia's Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan celebrated his first PSA World Tour title win for more than a year when he lifted the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open trophy after beating Egypt's Omar Abdel Meguid in the final of the PSA Challenger 15 squash event at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.

Second seed 'Wan' Adnan, the world No40 from Terengganu, claimed his final berth after defeating unseeded American Christopher Gordon in the semis, while third seed Meguid battled for 63 minutes to unseat top seed Chris Simpson.

"The first two games of the final were fiercely-contested - but Mohamed was just that much fresher in the last two games and ran out a 3/1 victor," said event spokesman Dan Zilic.

"Adnan was over the moon with his win and he is eager to return next year," added Zilic after the Malaysian's 13-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-2 victory in 57 minutes.

A despondent Meguid said: "It's been a long week for me and I think it could have gone to five if I had been a bit fresher. But Mohamed was the better player on the day and deservedly won."

Adnan, who now boasts seven PSA Tour titles, added: "I will relax now after a long week. Ireland has been good to me, it's a great tournament for me, and let's hope that Cannon Kirk Homes, the sponsors, can support the event again next year."

Perry To Meet Fernandes In Irish Final

Top Irish Squash player Madeline Perry faced her sternest test yet when she took on young Welsh qualifier Deon Saffery. Despite a forty position difference in ranking - Perry is the current world number 11 and Saffery is the world number 51 - Saffery matched the experienced periods for long periods of the match.

The first two games were close affairs, Perry took the first game 12:10 while Saffery took game two by the same scoreline. The crowd was certainly surprised by Saffery’s resilience, but Perry took the next two games 11:5 and 11: to make her tenth Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open final. She’ll face Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana in tomorrow’s final, which will take place in Dublin’s prestigious Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club

Perry Makes Semis, While Gaskin's Run Ends

Watchers throughout the world were treated to some high-energy Squash live on aertv.ie - with <Chris Collins, Damian O'Reilly and Dan Zilic reporting live on the action.

The day kicked off with Emily Whitlock beating Emma Beddoes in a tough four game encounter, and Chris Simpson fulfilled his number one seeding when overcoming qualifier Jens Schoor in four. Nicolette Fernandes caused the first significant upset beating Samantha Teran of Mexico in straight games, but Omar Abdel Meguid got himself out of trouble in the second against Lucas Serme to win in four.

The the Irish heroes took to the court - and Madeline Perry justified her number one ranking with a comprehensive victory over Misaki Kobayashi of Japan. The crowd were therewith perfectly warmed up for the next Irish encounter, featuring yesterday's hero Arthur Gaskin. Gaskin showed terrific spirit in his match against Chris Gordon, and remarkably scored ten points in a row when he came back form 1:4 down in the second to take it 11:4. But the efforts took their toll, and despite having Irish Squash legend Derek Ryan in his corner, Arthur lost in four tough games


Perry Advances to Quarter-Finals, While Blake Suffers Shock Defeat


Madeline Perry kept Irish interest alive in the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open 2013. Facing a tricky and talented Egyptian Mariam Metwally, Perry steadied herself after winning a shaky first game in the tie-break, and ran out a comfortable 3:0 win in the end. “The first game was a bit bouncy and I hadn't quite found my range,” said Perry, “but once I did I think I was able to break her down quite nicely. Everyone has been telling me all day that she is really good, so I was definitely on my toes.”

Aisling Blake, who was in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club yesterday to support Squash’s bid for the Olympics in 2020 together with Senator and former Olympian Eamonn Coghlan, was off the pace today and was duly beaten by Welsh number two Deon Saffrey in 30 minutes. The Dublin-born Irish Champion was seeded three in this tournament, and there was talk of a re-match of the Irish Championships finals between Perry and Blake in the semis. Alas, it was not to be. But Perry sees her win as an ideal preparation for the tournament: "Today, mid-way through the third I began thinking that this is a really good opening match for me. I don't like if it's too easy, I think a good tough first round match helps me for the rest of the tournament." Reason enough to remain optimistic that Irish interests remain until the final day!

Eamonn Coghlan and Aisling Blake “Back the Bid”, While Metwally
Upsets Huber

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Eamonn Coghlan
and Aisling Blake “Back the Bid”

Eamonn Coghlan, the three time Irish Olympian and former World Champion over 5000 metres, took time out of his busy schedule as Irish Senator, to back Squash’s bid for inclusion into the 2020 Olympics. Coghlan was supported by no-one other than Aisling Blake, the current world number 23, reigning Irish champion and President of the Women’s Squash Association.

And while there were no Irish players in action today, the outcome of two matches was to determine who both Madeline Perry and Aisling Blake were to face tomorrow when the main draw begins. Perry will be facing Mariam Metwally, the young Egyptian who caused the upset of the day by beating top qualifying seed Gaby Huber 3:0 in 38 minutes. While Madeline Perry is 65 positions ahead of Metwally in the current world ranking, the impressive result gives Madeline reason to be cautious. Aisling Blake on the other hand will face Deon Saffrey, after the Welsh number two beat Austrian number one Birgit Coufal.

There were no upsets in the men’s qualifying today, but plenty of close calls. Malaysian Ivan Yuen took five sets to overcome Alejandro Garbi Caro of Spain, while Lucas Serme took two minutes longer to beat Joel Hinds by three games to two. Serme found himself two games down, and after winning the third 11:9, took control of the match. At 9:10 down in the fifth Jens Schoor of Germany endured some nervous moments when his talented opponent Alex Phillips was hitting winner after winner, but Schoor strung together three points to take the match 3:2. The evening ended with style when young Zahed Mohamed took to the court against Johan Bouquet, giving the crowd and his opponent a lesson in Egyptian Squash. Bouquet will not have minded losing as he drew the lucky loser spot, after Mark Krajcsak pulled out of the main draw.

The main draw begins Wednesday at 2pm at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club. Entry to all matches is free.