World number 11 Madeline Perry played her best squash of the week in the final of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open 2013 to beat Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes by three games to one.
Fernandes was uncharacteristically slightly slow out of the blocks, but was on the verge of taking the second game when she squandered a 9-5 lead. She fought back in game three, recuperating from a 5-1 deficit, but was steamrolled 11-2 in game four.
“I don’t think I did much wrong in game four”, said the world number 31. “But Madeline was flying in that game and was just too good.”
Perry was content with her performance, especially playing well in front of a home crowd.
Perry said: “This is not my home court, but this is as home as it gets to me, and winning in Ireland obviously means a lot to me.”
The former world number three feels that this was good preparation for the European Team Championships happening next week:
The Irishwoman said: “There are some strong teams out there, but if Aisling Blake and I are playing well, we are within a chance.
"Also, our number three player has gained some good experience and should make things hard for whoever she faces.”
Mohamed Nafiizwan Adnan of Malaysia was over the moon with his win in the men’s final over Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt.
It was a fiercely contested match in the first two games, but Adnan was just that much fresher in the last two games and ran out a 3-1 winner.
Meguid, who delighted the crowd with some incredible winners, but also frustrated them by not always clearing the ball perfectly, was gracious in defeat, saying: “It’s been a long week for me and I think it could have gone to five if I had been a bit fresher.
"But Mohamed was the better player on the day and deservedly won.”
For Adnan, victory here meant a lot, and he is eager to return next year.
He said: “I will relax now after a long week. Ireland has been good to me, it’s a great tournament for me, and lets hope that Cannon Kirk Homes, the sponsors, can support the event again next year.”