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Sarah-Jane Perry in action during her quarter final clash

Perry Beats Whitlock in all-English Clash To Reach Semis In Nantes

World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry overcame a tough challenge from compatriot Emily Whitlock to make her way through to the semi finals of the Open de France.

Like in her second round clash against defending champion Nele Gilis, Whitlock came flying out of the blocks, and eventually went on to take the first game 11-7.

However, as Perry got into the match, her squash improved, and she was able to battle back to take the second and send the tie into a deciding game.

The third was a tight affair, with neither player wanting to give their opponent any ground. It would be the No.2 seed that would take victory, winning the third 11-8 to set up a clash with US No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the semis on Friday night.

“The crowds have been great all week and weirdly, it is really nice when your opponent plays a good rally and they clap, because you then know not to beat yourself up too much. The crowd were fantastic and every point at the end they were up,” Perry said.

“We played in a club match about six months ago and I am not sure that was actually the same player. She has improved massively and she just came out firing. I watched her the other day and she did the same. It took me a game to get into it, despite telling myself not to do that.

“I had to really dig in there and in the end, I thought I was moving better than I expected to. I think that just about got me over the line in the end. I am happy to come through that because she is playing some really good squash.”

Result – Women’s Quarter Final: Open de France – Nantes
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) beats Emily Whitlock (ENG) 2-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 (34m)

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