Madeline Perry bows out with sixth Irish Open squash title
Irish star beats Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes in final professional tournament
Madeline Perry claimed her sixth Irish Open squash title at Fitzwilliam on Saturday in her final game on the pro circuit. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images
Madeline Perry brought her career on the professional squash circuit to an end on Saturday in fine style, the former world number three beating Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana in straight games to win the Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club.
The 38-year-old announced last week that the tournament would be her last on the world tour, which she joined 16 years ago, but she will represent Ireland next month at the European Team Championships in Denmark and fulfil club fixtures in England and Italy before her retirement from the sport.
Fernandes, ranked 20 in the world, took an early lead in the opening game, but Perry came back to take it 11-8 before closing out the match, 11-5, 11-9, the sixth time she has taken the Irish Open title.