Sarah-Jane Perry beats World No.1 to reach Hong Kong Open semi-finals

Sarah-Jane Perry defeated World No.1 Nour El Sherbini 7-11 11-7 11-13 11-8 11-5 in a thrilling 58 minute quarter-final at the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open being staged at the Hong Kong National Squash Centre.

Nour El Sherbini, whose loss has resulted in her losing the coveted World No.1 ranking to compatriot Raneem El Welily, battled hard to keep her grasp on the desired No.1 spot intact, but fell victim to an astonishing display from World No.6 Perry, who fought through the pain barrier to claim her first ever win against the Egyptian over a best-of-five games format.

Perry was 2-1 down when a collision with the side wall in the opening point of the fourth game looked to have caused damage to her shoulder as she took just two of the next eight points on offer.

However, a resilient Perry drew on her mental reserves and the 28-year-old reined the two-time World Champion back in to draw level, before putting in an immaculate display to power to victory in the fifth, earning a 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 victory to end El Sherbini’s title defence.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Perry said.

“Nour is an amazing player, she’s the World No.1 going into the match and she’s earned that. I’ve beaten her before but not in a best of five and so to beat her 3-2, I’m really pleased.”

Perry will take on New Zealand’s World No.7 Joelle King in the next round in a repeat of their Commonwealth Games singles final match on the Gold Coast in April, with Perry losing that match by a 3-2 margin. King eased past World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in just 28 minutes.

Results - Men's Quarter-Finals: 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [6] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (54m)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-1: 13-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-7 (82m)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 18-16 (99m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 12-10 (84m)

Draw - Semi-Finals: To Be Played November 24
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [3] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

Results - Women’s Quarter-Finals: 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (28m)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (57m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-8, 11-6 (22m)

Draw - Semi-Finals: To Be Played November 24
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [5] Joelle King (NZL)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

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