Perry is Kippax-ed

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Chorley squash star Laura Massaro crowned her England team-mate Sarah Kippax as the new Women’s CourtCare Open champion last weekend.

The world No.22 became the second winner of the event, which is organised by world champion Massaro and her brother Chris Lengthorn, who is the head coach at the Manchester National Squash centre.

CourtCare Open winner Sarah Kippax (right) and finalist Jane Perry and

CourtCare Open winner Sarah Kippax (right) and finalist Jane Perry and

Halifax-based Kippax – seeded second – survived a five-game final against top seed Jane Perry to win the competition, which was held at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Massaro’s home town of Chorley.

This year’s championship attracted players from eight nations to Chorley and in a dramatic all-English final, 30-year-old Kippax twice came from behind to overcome Perry 8-11 11-6 7-11 11-4 11-7.

It was the first time Kippax had beaten her higher-ranked 23-year-old opponent four Tour meetings.

She said: “I’m very proud to be the CourtCare Squash champion.

Courtcare Open winner Sarah Kippax is pictured with event organiser and world champion Laura Massaro and quarter-final opponent Olivia Blatchford

Courtcare Open winner Sarah Kippax is pictured with event organiser and world champion Laura Massaro and quarter-final opponent Olivia Blatchford

“Thanks to Laura and Chris for organising a top class event.

“I’m really pleased with how I played during the week – staying at home and playing in the UK really helped me,” explained Kippax.

“Thanks to all the sponsors – it was a great atmosphere throughout the week.”

Massaro can now look forward to resuming her own playing career where she will be hoping to retain her British Open title next month.

Spectators enjoy the action at the CortCare Open which was held at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, in Chorley

Spectators enjoy the action at the CortCare Open which was held at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, in Chorley

“It’s been a great experience running this event with my brother,” said world No 2 Massaro.

“It’s nice to give something back to the Tour and have the girls playing at my home club.

“I’ve really enjoyed my week as a promoter – but I am ready to get my playing head back on after watching all the squash last weekend”

RESULTS

First round

[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Chloe Mesic (FRA) 11-4, 11-1, 11-2

[Q] Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt [8] Birgit Coufal (AUT) 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8

[3] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [WC] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7

[Q] Leonie Holt (ENG) bt [7] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) 11-9, 11-8, 11-7

Thaisa Serafini (BRA) bt [6] Tamika Saxby (AUS) 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 2-11, 11-5

Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt [4] Deon Saffery (WAL) 4-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4

[5] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Antonella Falcione (ARG) 11-6, 11-2, 12-10

[2] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [Q] Victoria Temple Murray (ENG) 11-3, 11-5, 12-10

Quarter-finals

[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Julianne Courtice (ENG) 11-2, 11-3, 11-4

[3] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [Q] Leonie Holt (ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9

Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8

[2] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [5] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-8, 11-1, 11-9

Semi-finals

[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [3] Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-13, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4

[2] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Maud Duplomb (FRA) 11-4, 11-1, 11-3

Final

[2] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7