Perry through to s/f of Squash Irish open

Tournament favourite and top seed Madeleine Perry outplayed the number eight seed Manuela Manetta from Italy and ran out a 11.7 11.5 11.6 winner at Fitzwilliam, ensuring there was at least one Irish woman through to the semi finals on Friday.

However, in the final match of the evening, Aisling Blake unfortunately could not repeat the earlier success of her compatriot Perry. Blake just missed out against second seed Vanessa Atkinson from the Netherlands. In a tight battle Atkinson came out victorious 11.9 11.6 8.11 11.7. 

Perry now goes forward to meet the number three seed Jaclyn Hawkes on Friday, where a place in Saturdays 2011 final is up for grabs. 

Elsewhere in the women’s draw the surprise package of the last round, qualifier Tenille Swartz, missed out on carrying on her fairytale, losing to the number four seed Nour El Tayeb. Yesterday’s results now mean that all four of the top seeds will a strong semi final field. 

In the men’s tournament, top seed Stewart Boswell of Australia progressed to the semi-finals after a hard fought win over England’s Chris Ryder. Boswell eventually took the game 11.5 11.4 8.11 4.11 11.2, and will face last year’s finalist Borja Golan in Fridays semi finals after Golan beat Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet. 

The second men’s semi final will be contested by number three seed Saurav Ghosal and Tarek Momen, who defeated number two seed Olli Tuominen in the quarter finals. 

Play resumes, with Madeleine Perry in action first, from 5p.m Friday.


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