Perry and Blake through to Q/F of Squash Irish open

Irish squash aces Madeline Perry and Aisling Blake both progressed to the quarter-finals of the Irish Open at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin on Wednesday in an exciting first day of play in the main draw.

World number three Perry came out on top of her 28 minute contest with Danish number one Line Hansen 11-3 12-10 11-4, while Blake took 26 minutes to chalk up a comfortable 11-7 11-4 11-6 victory when faced with New Zealand’s Kylie Lindsay.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, South African qualifier Tenille Swartz, who beat English woman Laura Hill in yesterdays qualifying round, caused a major upset when she claimed an unlikely five set 11-9 11-4 6-11 6-11 11-5 triumph over highly rated English fifth seed Emma Beddoes.

In the men’s draw, the competition’s top seed Australia’s Stewart Boswell, the number two seed Olli Touminem from Finland, and the number three seed Saurav Ghosal from India all advanced with no major scares to the quarter finals.

Play resumes tomorrow at Fitzwilliam Lawn from 2p.m and is entry is free.


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