World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.15 Salma Hany will line up in the semi-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open, PSA World Tour Bronze event after they came back from two games down to defeat United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy and Wales’ Tesni Evans at The Heights Casino.
Sobhy, the former World No.6, was in full flow in the opening two games as she took the ball early and cut off any opportunities for her opponent to get herself back into the match, and the American opened up a two-game lead.
Perry dug in deep though and managed to find her way back into the match. Sobhy began to make errors, while the English player started getting more depth on her drives and was more accurate going in short to complete the win in five games.
“At first it was going alright and then she started picking me off,” said Perry.
“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. I dug in and told myself to be solid, and it worked. For the semi final tomorrow, Salma was playing so well today, so bring it on.”
Hany also found herself two games down against World No.12 Tesni Evans but she played some fantastic winners and cut out her errors to win it 10-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.
“I can’t believe it, the first two games I thought I was playing well, but I was too passive,” Hany said.
“I didn’t have the belief in me. After the second game I looked at my phone and there was a text from my mum saying ‘you can still do it’. I kept fighting and every time I felt tired or as though I couldn’t do it, I visualised her saying this to me and I [gave it] that extra push.
“I just want to thank Tesni for a great match. I always enjoy playing her, she’s a great player and we always tend to have tough battles together.”
Top seed Nour El Tayeb and third seed Alison Waters will contest the other semi-final. El Tayeb overcame India’s Joshna Chinappa 3-1, while Waters came back from a game down to overcome United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford Clyne.
“I think my match against Hania gave me a lot of confidence,” said El Tayeb.
“I played against Joshna a lot in the days before the tournament in practice, so I think she started to get hold of how I play. I don’t enjoy it when people read me and she did sometimes and she goes for her great shots. I think I was trying to be prepared for all her shots.”
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Results – Quarter-Finals: 2018 Carol Weymuller Open
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 11-4, 4-11, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)
 Alison Waters (ENG) bt  Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (40m)
 Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt  Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-2: 10-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (65m)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-2: 8-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (51m)
Draw – Semi-Finals
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v  Alison Waters (ENG)
 Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)