Ireland’s Cliodhna Eadie finished just out of the medals in the 2014 World Cup Women’s singles at the Wiralla Club, NSW, Australia.
Considering Eadie was up against some of the biggest names in the sport, she still managed to claim fifth place overall, which was fantastic performance.
She lost only two games in her section, finishing second to Malaysia’s Siti Salina Ahmad - both players qualified for the knockout stage, along with Guernsey’s Alison Merrien, who grabbed the third spot.
Eadie then came up against Scotland’s Caroline Brown in a play-off for a bronze medal spot. After losing the opening set 15-2, she roared back to level things (10-4) before being beaten 4-0 in the tie-break.
In her group games, Eadie lost out to Ahmad (1-15. 8-4, 3-4) and Fiji’s Lira Tikoisuva (7-7, 4-12).
Otherwise, she turned in a flawless showing, which included wins over Alison Merrien (9-7, 7-6) and Val Smith (12-8, 4-14, 4-2).
Eadie also defeated Singapore’s Shermeen Lin (9-6, 7-5), Bernice McGreal, from the Isle of Man (15-1, 11-2), Guurtje Copier, representing the Netherlands (7-7, 4-12), China’s May Poon (5-9, 12-5, 5-0), Canada’s Kelly McKerihen (10-5, 7-6) and Merle Apter, from Israel (4-8, 11-4, 2-1).
Meanwhile, Eadie got off to the best possible start in that play-off, rolling in a two on the opening end.
Sadly, it was the Irish player’s only contribution to the opening set as Brown took total control.
She hit back with a count of three and followed it up with a four, two, three, one and a two to wrap things up after only seven ends.
Eadie shrugged off that disappointment by moving into a 5-0 lead in the second (single and a four), before Brown came back with a two.
The Belfast women displayed her battling qualities to win the next three ends, picking up two singles and a two to move 9-4 in front.
Even though Brown kept her hopes alive by counting a two, Eadie nailed the jack on the next end, to force the game into a three end tie-break.
Brown held her nerve by winning the opening two ends by singles shots before reeling in a two to book a slot in the semi finals.
In fact, the Scot went on to enjoy a straight sets win over Ahmad (10-6, 10-2) to guarantee a showdown with Merrien in the decider.
Merrien battled her way to the showcase decider with a play-off victory over New Zealand’s Jo Edwards (9-9, 8-6).
She then defeated Carmen Anderson, from the Norfolk Islands in the semis, but required the benefit of a tie-break (2-8, 9-8, 3-1).
In the final, Brown went on to defeat Merrien in straight sets, (7-7, 12-2).
Unfortunately, Neil Booth managed to finish in only fourth place in the World Cup men’s singles, which was played in tandem with the women’s event.
Even though the big Old Bleach man lost only four games in his group, defeats by Turkey’s Ozkan Akar (7-6, 6-10, 2-3), Fiji’s Samuela Tuikiligana (11-4, 7-11, 3-1), Neil Furman (USA) (6-10, 5-9) and Australia’s Tony Wood (9-11, 9-7, 2-3), proved costly.
It meant that Booth was squeezed out of a possible bronze medal play-off, finishing behind Furman, Wood and South Africa’s Bobby Donnelly.
Ironically, Booth earlier enjoyed a victory over Donnelly (5-10, 8-4, 2-1), but it still wasn’t enough to nudged him into that third place.
Booth also savoured wins against Japan’s Kenta Hasbe (7-3, 10-2), Chi Leung Fung, form Hong Kong China (9-3, 12-4), Haji Omar Rahman, from Brunei (10-6, 6-7, 3-1), Malaysia’s Fairul Abd Muin (7-7, 8-7) and Andy Docter, from the Netherlands (6-6, 10-4).