Madeleine Perry crashed out at the semi finals stage at Fitzwilliam on Friday evening when she was forced to concede two games into the contest due to a back injury. It was evident Perry was quite obviously struggling to play to her usual high standards during the second game, which her opponent Jaclyn Hawkes of New Zealand took 11.8.
After the break in play Perry returned to the court to regrettably concede the match. A disappointing way to end to the tournament for the 2010 champion, but it is the number three seed Hawkes who goes through to Saturday’s grand final.
Hawkes will now meet Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb who was victorious in her semi final bout with the number two seed Vanessa Atkinson of the Netherlands. This thrilling semi final went the distance with El Tayeb winning the match 3-2. The defeat marked the end of a highly illustrious career for former world number one and world champion Atkinson who is retiring from the game.
In the men’s draw, top seed Australian’s Stewart Boswell defeated last year’s finalist Borja Golan of Spain to take his place in Saturday’s decider. In the second semi final the number three seed Saurav Ghosal from India was somewhat surprisingly eliminated by the Egyptian qualifier Tarek Momen.
So Boswell will progress as favourite to be crowned 2011 champion but as we have seen over the past week throughout this tournament there are no easy games or guaranteed winners.