Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open
30 August up to 4 September 2010
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Day 6, Women’s Finals:
Irish eyes are smiling here in Dublin after Madeline Perry regained the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open title after a two year gap since her last win here.
(1) Madeline Perry (IRE) beat (5) Vanessa Atkinson (NED)
13/11, 11/7, 11/6 (44mins)
I am finding it a little difficult to find words to describe this match – superb, excellent, fantastic – even these do not do justice to what was one of the best ladies matches I have seen for some time. Vanessa, #14 in the rankings, but formerly #1 and World Champion, took an early lead of 3/0, both players showing us already a fine array of strokes, but Madeline, #6 in the world, and having won this trophy in 2005, 2006 and 2007, semi finalist in 2008 and losing the final last year here to Alison Waters, wanting eagerly to regain the title, stayed in touch, but Vanessa opened the lead to 8/4. However, Madeline then went on a burst with some sublime strokes and great tactics, with Vanessa gaining only one more point, that for a stroke call, and Madeline was on game ball at 10/9. Vanessa saved that one and taking the next point had game ball herself, but Madeline was not finished, with some lovely dainty drop shots levelled then took the game 13/11.
Vanessa again led early in the second 2/0, then Madeline eased in front 4/3, Vanessa took the initiative once more to lead 7/6, but then Madeline started a magnificent run of points to take the game 11/7. The third started in a similar way, Vanessa taking the lead 3/1, but then she seemed to tire quite quickly and Madeline allowed her only one more point before reaching match ball at 10/4. Although Vanessa saved two match balls with two really sweet short drops, Madeline was not letting go, taking the next point to win the game 11/6 and the match 3 –0. Another great triumph for Madeline in her home country following her recent success in the Australian Open.