Sunday, July 31, 2011

Final Day - CIMB Singapore Women's Squash Masters 2011

CIMB Singapore Women's Squash Masters 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011

[3] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 (61 m)

Final draw results (Click to download)

Perry crowned new champion in Singapore

SINGAPORE – For a while it looked as though for a second night, Laura Massaro was going to come back from two games down to win. But Madeline Perry wasn't about to let that happen.

The Northern Irish player stayed composed to defeat a tiring Massaro in four games to lift the 2011 CIMB Singapore Women's Squash Masters crown.

If against Camille Serme Perry had produced what she said was her best game in ages, against Massaro she was a little more circumspect. After all, she come out on the wrong side of the score the last time she met the Englishwoman, at the semi-finals of the Cleveland Classic in February which Massaro went on to win, with a famous title victory over Nicol David.

This time around, it was Massaro's five-game victory over David on Friday night that perhaps gave Perry the edge she needed.

With only some 19 hours to recover from her 85-minute exertion over David, Massaro quickly fell two games behind as Perry sought to work her around the court and make her earn every point.

Knowing Massaro's greatest strengths were her tricky shots in front, Perry, with pointers from stand-in adviser Shane Hagan , sought the game tight.

Said Hagan, a former New Zealand junior player: “Madeline had good length most of the time and prevented Laura from playing her shots.”

Massaro managed to get enough shots in to take the third game – including a couple of odd bounces in her favour that kept the 700-strong spectators bemused. 

But Perry wasn't about to make the same mistake that Nicol did the night before by allowing the world no 7 to recover, although the win did not come easy: “I knew she'd worked really hard for her win over Nicol and wanted to take advantage of that. It was still difficult to break her down and I really had to hang in there for many points.”

“My feet were hurting a bit at the end, so I was pleased to be able to wrap it up in four games,” she added.

As for Massaro, it really was down to her fitness: “I was feeling confident but it was a matter of how my body recovered from the tough matches this week. And I wasn't getting onto the ball quite as quickly today and wasn't making the shots I wanted.”  

Perry's win makes her a new champion in Singapore which has seen Nicol David winning four straight titles since the tournament was inaugurated in 2007.

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