Madeline Perry ends international career by winning Irish Open

Madeline Perry
Madeline Perry turned pro in 1999 and won 12 WSA Tour titles

Northern Ireland squash star Madeline Perry rounded off her international career by clinching her sixth Irish Open title in Dublin on Saturday night.

Perry, 38, announced that she would be retiring from the professional circuit earlier this month.

The former world number three clinched her latest national open title by defeated Guyana's Nicolette Fernandes 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 at Fitzwilliam.

"I was desperate to win it and end on a high," said the county Down woman.

"I don't think I've played that well for a long time.

"I just enjoyed every ball I hit, every moment. I never let the emotion overcome me as I was just in such a focused state of mind.

"The perfect finish, I guess," added Perry, who was clinching her 12th title on the world circuit.

Fernandes, 31, defeated the Irish woman in straight games at last year's British Open but there never looked like any prospect of a repeat of that in Dublin as Perry took victory in 43 minutes.

Following her triumph, Perry was also awarded a special lifetime award and, in her winner's speech, thanked her supporters over the years.

"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.

The Banbridge woman won the Australian Open in 2010 and reached a best ever world ranking of number three.

Perry intends to still compete for Ireland in team competitions and also plans to do voluntary work for a charity in Borneo.

The Ulsterwoman has competed for Ireland in eight successive biennial World Team Championships and won the Irish national title a record 15 times.

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