Irish Coffee Anyone?

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The Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open which was scheduled to be held in April 2010 had to be postponed due to the Icelandic volcano eruption that left Europe with all kinds of disruptions—travel, business, holiday plans and it certainly didn’t spare the squash circuit. The tournament was rescheduled amidst the busy calendar of WISPA and PSA and will commence on 30 August up to 4 September 2010.

The second half of the year is certainly a hectic one in the squash calendar. Coming in to the Irish Open, some of the WISPA girls would have competed in four tournaments within a span of six weeks, from the CIMB Malaysian Open and CIMB Singapore Masters in July to The Australian Open and Hong Kong Open in August. The Irish Open would serve as a good preparation for the most anticipated event on the WISPA circuit—The Soho Square Women’s World Open in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 15 to 22 September 2010.

The number one seed – Madeline Perry

Like Irish coffee, the women’s draw has a rather interesting mix of players. Seeded number one is none other than the Irish flag-bearer, Madeline Perry who is the newly crowned Australian Open 2010 Champion. Madeline overcame amongst others, Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters to achieve the biggest win of her career. The Irish number one should be in good form and be highly motivated as the tournament favourite.

Other top seeds that stand in Madeline’s way include Natalie Grainger who is currently regaining form after a long layoff due to an injury. Natalie has been steadily improving in the past few tournaments and will certainly be looking to nail this one. Laura Massaro, Samantha Teran and Vanessa Atkinson also have potential to add some extra spice to this mix with the possibility of creating some upsets.

The third seed of the tournament is certainly one to look out for – Natalie Grinham. Formerly World No. 2 and a long-standing nemesis of current World No. 1 Nicol David, Natalie is making her grand return to the squash circuit after taking a year off during her pregnancy and birth of her son, Kieran. Nat’s return is set to liven up this tournament as she seeks to reclaim her ranking and prepare for the World Open title which has been elusive to her so far.

Squash Stars ambassadors Annelize Naude, Aisling Blake and Alana Miller will also be contesting here. While the Irish folks have plenty to cheer for with Madeline and Aisling around, there’s lots of good squash to be witnessed as well. So do make your way to the Fitzwilliam Club in South Dublin to catch these exciting matches. Seats are limited and work on a first come, first serve basis. Entrance to all tournaments is FREE so hurry on!

[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) vs. Qualifier
[5] Samantha Teran (MEX) vs. Qualifier
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) vs. Alana Miller (CAN)
[7] Sarah Kippax (ENG) vs. Qualifier
[8] Aisling Blake (IRL) vs. Qualifier
[3] Natalie Grinham (NED) vs. Annelize Naudé (NED)
[6] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) vs. Lauren Siddall (ENG)
[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) vs. Sharon Wee (MAS)

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