And so we come to Finals day here at Fitzwilliam, certainly not the games we were expecting but I
am sure they will still be very entertaining.
Finals Result from Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open 2011:
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) beat  Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 13/15, 5/11, 11/8, 13/11, 16/14. 110 mins.
The women’s final today was between no 3 seed Jaclyn Hawkes, 28, and ranked #15, and No4 seed Nour El Tayeb, the 18 year old Egyptian just moved up to 20 in the rankings.
From the start Jaclyn showed her experience and maturity, easing in to a 5/1 lead then 7/4, but with some excellent shots
from both players and Nour using her youthful energy she pulled back to 7/7. With the large crowd getting excited with every rally, the score moved up to 8/8, 9/9 then 10/9 game ball to Jaclyn. Nour saved that one, Jaclyn got another, Nour saved again, 12/12. Same again to 13/13, but then with Nour putting the last rally out of court Jaclyn finally took the game 15/13.
In the second game Nour started making a few mistakes with several shots into the tin, and Jaclyn moved to 5/2, then to 9/4,
Nour took the next point but gave the serve back to Jaclyn with another tin, and Jaclyn served out to win 11/5.
Third game and Jaclyn again showed her experience, easing in to a 5/1 lead, Nour levelled to 5/5 then Jaclyn took the next three points to lead 8/5, only three points required for victory. For some unknown reason the whole match seemed to change at this point, Nour started making her shots count and with the aid of two tins from Jaclyn and a stroke call she went on to take the game
The fourth game was fairly even up to 6/5 in Nour’s favour then she eased out to lead 9/5, Jaclyn pulled back to 8/9 before Nour got her first game ball at 10/8. Jaclyn held out to level 10/10 aided by a stroke call, then took match ball with a tin from Nour, but then Nour got two stroke calls in her favour and finished off the game to win 13/11. Nobody expected the fireworks that we were entertained with in the final game. Nour eased to a 7/4 lead despite giving Jaclyn two points with tins, but then she was visibly struck with a very bad attack of cramp in her left leg and with a couple of tinned shots from Nour, Jaclyn moved in to an 8/7 lead.
With Nour struggling valiantly with her cramp she still managed to drag back to lead 9/8, aided again by one tin from Jaclyn, but then Jaclyn went on the attack again with a lovely long drop shot and a stroke call she got the first match ball at 10/9. I wish I could describe the remainder of this match in detail, but there is far too much. Suffice to say that with some great squash from both players, both of them visibly tiring and Nour virtually playing on one leg, the lead changed hands several times before Nour managed two points together to take the game 16/14, and the match 3 games to 2, in 1 hour and 50 minutes, by far the longest women’s match I have ever seen.
The crowd gave both players a standing ovation as they came off court, richly deserved, and Jaclyn showed abundant grace in accepting defeat. What a fantastic match with a very worthy winner. Both players after the match were congratulated by Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Ms Frances Fitzgerald, who had attended the match.