Sarah-Jane Perry beats Amanda Sobhy to reach Carol Weymuller Open semi-finals

Sarah-Jane Perry defeated Amanda Sobhy 8-11 10-12 11-9 11-5 11-4 in the quarter-finals of the Women's Carol Weymuller Squash Open being staged at Heights Casino in New York, USA.

Perry, the second seed at the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour Bronze trailed by two games before digging deep and fighting her way back into the match.

Sobhy won the 1st game 11-8 before second developed into a real tussle with both players playing some wonderful clean squash. It was Sohby that got a lead at 6-3 and then 8-5. Sarah-Jane found a better length and edged her way back and soon it was 9-9. A perfect volley boast winner from Sarah-Jane gave her the first game ball, but Amanda was gutsy enough to go for a winner off the return of serve and it paid off! A ‘no let’ in Amanda’s favour and a perfect backhand volley drop gave Amanda the second game 12-10.

It may have been that Sohby started to get a little tired in the 3rd and 4th games but she definitely made many more errors and was far less patient that she had been in the first and second games. It’s hard to, but if you can wrong foot Sohby and make her start to move one way and then go the other, she has a little clink in her amour, probably due to her Achilles injury and still not being fully strong in one leg.

Sarah-Jane managed to start doing more of this and her drives were deeper and tighter, coupled with some awesome short shots.  As the match went on Sarah-Jane became more composed and accurate and Amanda’s previously perfect form started to crumble. Sarah-Jane won the 4th 11-5 and went through the fifth in the same manner taking the final game 11-4. Sarah-Jane won 8-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4.

A tired Sarah-Jane said afterwards: "At first it was going alright and then she started picking me off. I was being quite predictable and she is too good to do that. I gave myself a bit more of license to play and be creative. 1-0 down and 9-5 down isn’t the best way to start a match, but I’ve had some good comebacks in the last year and I’m more confident in my fitness. I started to stretch her and she started to make errors. So I dug in and told myself to be solid……and it worked!!

Women's Carol Weymuller Open 2018, Heights Casino, New York, USA
Semi-Finals:

[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [3] Alison Waters (ENG)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [7] Salma Hany (EGY)

Quarter-Finals:
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [8] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-4, 4-11, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [6] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (40m)
[7] Salma Hany (EGY) bt [4] Tesni Evans (WAL) 10-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (65m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [9/16] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 8-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (51m)

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