internationalSPORTgroup BRITISH OPEN – WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS

The World No.8 from Belfast, who produced the event's biggest shock when she ousted Nicol David, the World No.1 and defending champion from Malaysia in the quarter-finals, will now face three-time champion Rachael Grinham, of Australia.
 
"I wanted to play well after beating Nicol yesterday - it would have been disappointing to then lose in the semi-finals," said the 32-year-old.
 
"I was aware that Alison would come out fast and furious and I had to be up for it and work hard.
 
"Obviously beating the World No.1 boosts your confidence," added Perry. "I've beaten a few good players, but not a lot of world number ones!
 
"I am very proud of where I come from - so reaching the final of the British Open should put me up there with the best Northern Irish squash players."
 
In the other women's semi-final, England’s Jenny Duncalf failed to reach the final for the second year in a row. The World No.6 went down 11-8 11-7 8-11 11-6 to Rachael Grinham, the second-seeded Australian who is looking for her fourth title.
 
"I'm happy to be in a major final - and the fact that it's the British Open makes it even better," stated the 32-year-old from Queensland who won the title in 2003, 2004 and 2007. "I felt better about the way I played today - the further I get through the draw, the better I feel. My accuracy was a lot better. I can definitely enter the court tomorrow feeling a lot more relaxed."
 
National Squash Centre, Manchester
Women’s Championship Semi-Finals:
[5] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [3] Alison Waters (ENG) 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (63m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (48m)
 
Women's Championship Final:
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [5] Madeline Perry (IRL)
 
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Madeline Perry became the first ever Irish player to reach the women's final of the world’s oldest and prestigious squash championships after beating England’s Alison Waters 10-12 11-8 11-7 11-9 in the penultimate round of the internationalSPORTgroup British Open, played at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, England.