The Irish Open 2013 saw HTN’s own Deon Saffery storm through the qualifying rounds and provide the biggest upset of the tournament this week at the Fitzwilliam Club in Dublin. With a straight games win in the first round against local Irish player and number 3 seed Aisling Blake, (currently ranked 23 in the world); Saffery then went onto beat French player Coline Aumard in the quarter finals 3/0.
Deon later came unstuck in her well contested semi-final against tournament favourite and seasoned WSA professional Madeline Perry. After fighting back in the first and second game Saffery showed her resilience and drew level at 1-1 in games. With a few too many errors in the later stages the match was then claimed by Perry 12/10, 10/12, 11/5, 11/4 in 55 minutes. Both players shook hands to a rapturous applause from the crowd, who had enjoyed watching the thrilling encounter.
With a current world ranking of 51, Saffery has proven her ability to match the top flight female players on the circuit this week in Dublin. At 24 years of age, it seems like there will be plenty more from Deon throughout the next few months.