World Open: Irish Challenge

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Perry aiming to remain on glory trail

BY Paddy Hickey, Independant

MADELINE PERRY has set her sights on next week’s World Open after capturing the Irish Open squash title for the fourth time.

Madeline Perry; World Open Champion hopeful.

The Banbridge native is the No 6 seed for the $147,000 event, which starts on Saturday, September 18 at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

“Winning the Irish title is a good confidence boost for me ahead of the World Open,” said Perry, who, as top seed, defeated the Dutch No 5 seed Vanessa Atkinson 13-11 11-9 11-6 in the decider at the Fitzwilliam Club last Saturday.

“I was quite happy with the way I played and hopefully, I can up my performance a little more in the Worlds.

“In last year’s World Open, I lost to Jenny Duncalf in the semi-finals and my target will be to make it to the final this year.”

Heading the field is Malaysia’s world No 1 Nicol David, followed by England’s world No 2 Duncalf and Australia’s world No 3 Rachael Grinham.

In her opening match, Perry faces Malaysia’s unseeded Delia Arnold and she’s expected to advance to a meeting with Australia’s No 11 seed Kasey Brown in the second round.

Perry will be joined in the World Open by Sligo’s Aisling Blake, who reached the semi-finals of the Irish Open.

The Amsterdam-based world No 26, who faces Egypt’s world No 5 Omneya Abdel-Kawy in the first round, will take heart from her shock 3-1 win over Netherland’s world No 7 Natalie Grinham in the Fitzwilliam quarter-finals before losing 3-0 to Atkinson at the penultimate stage.

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