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Perry ends career with Open win
25 Apr 2015 18:06
Squash stalwart Madeline Perry has ended her distinguished career in style by winning the Irish Open for the sixth time.
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Perry had too much quality for her opponent, Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana to win the final 3-0 (11/8 11/5 11/9) at Fitzwilliam.
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The 38-year-old Banbridge native enjoyed a celebrated career in the sport, winning 11 WSA Tour titles, including the Australian Open in 2010, from 27 final appearances and achieving a career-high world No 3 ranking in 2011.
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In her speech after the match, Ireland's most successful female squash player thanked her support from over the years.
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"This is one of my favourite events and I want to also thank Nicolette, who is a very fun and fair player, for making it a good final, particularly since it is my very last," said Perry, who was also given a lifetime achievement award.
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Perry will still be representing Ireland in the European Team Championships in Denmark next week.
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In the men's final, Egyptian Ali Farag beat number five seed Lucas Serme 3-2 (11/8 5/11 11/2 9/11 11/9).
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