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Sarah-Jane Perry in action against Raneem El Welily

Throwback Thursday: Perry Stuns El Welily at Tournament of Champions

The 2016/17 season saw some thrilling matches light up the PSA World Tour, with January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions rollercoaster quarter-final fixture between England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry and Egypt’s former World No.1 Raneem El Welily keeping squash fans glued to the edge of their seats.

The fixture was voted the PSA Women’s Match of the Season at the PSA Awards gala held earlier this month in Dubai and had skill, drama and excitement in abundance.

England’s Perry went into the clash in strong form after dispatching home favourite and 2016 runner-up Amanda Sobhy in an epic five-game thriller in the previous round and Birmingham-based Perry showed no signs of fatigue as she came out of the blocks firing against the Egyptian.

Held in New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal, Perry made the most of her explosive start, storming into a 2-0 game lead against El Welily.

However, the tables soon turned as the Egyptian showcased the skills that made her World No.1 in 2015 to come from behind in the third to take the game as some errors began to creep into Perry’s game.

The wheels looked to be coming off the Englishwoman’s earlier spell of dominance as El Welily ran out 11-5 winner in the fourth to get a foothold back in the game before opening up a 4-1 lead in the decider.

A sublime run of nine points from Perry, who looked to have regained her confidence, swung the match back in her favour and she managed to make the most of the opportunity and prevailed 11-5 to book her place in a first ever World Series semi-final.

Perry’s compatriot, Laura Massaro, would eventually halt the 27-year-old in the last four, but her surprise victory over El Welily proved to be one of the standout moments of a season which also saw her reach the British Open final and claim a maiden berth at the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals.

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[11] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 5-11, 11-5 (56m)

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