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Perry to retire from World Tour
10 Apr 2015 12:12
Madeline Perry has announced her retirement from the WSA World Tour and will make her farewell Tour appearance at the Gillen Markets Irish Open later this month in Dublin.
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Perry, however, said she will continue to represent Ireland.
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A full-time professional since 1999, 38-year-old Perry has enjoyed a distinguished career in the sport, winning 11 WSA Tour titles from 27 final appearances and celebrating a career-high world No.3 ranking in 2011.
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The Australian Open champion in 2010 in Canberra - where she upset both the second and third seeds en-route to the WSA World Series title - the Banbridge-born star has won the prestigious Irish Open trophy five times, twice finishing as runner-up.
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With more than 120 caps for Ireland, Perry has competed for her country in eight successive biennial World Team Championships and in February won a record 15th Irish National title.
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"I have decided to retire from the World Tour and have decided that the Irish Open (from 21-25 April) will be my last World Tour event," said Perry, the event's top seed for the ninth time.
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"It is been an incredibly difficult decision to make but I had to be honest with myself and unfortunately I have noticed that I do not have the same extreme focus that I once had, or indeed, desire to compete.
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"Having had such a successful career, I felt that I was no longer doing myself justice and felt the time was right to move on and find a new career."
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She added: "I still play and train to a very high level so I have every intention of continuing to compete for Ireland, at national level and leagues as I still love training and playing the game.
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"I also hope to coach more and give back to the sport that has given me so much."
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