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Sarah-Jane Perry

U.S. Open RD3: Perry Battles Past Subramaniam

England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry was forced to draw on all of her experience to overcome rising Malaysian talent Sivasangari Subramaniam in the third round of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships to advance to the quarter finals.

The two players were meeting for the first time on the PSA World Tour and it was the younger player – Subramaniam – who got off to the better start as she played with experience far beyond her 20-years to control the tempo and take the first game, putting lots of work into the legs of Perry.

The Englishwoman came back strongly in the second, but the Malaysian continued to show no fear on court and put her shot selection to good use, however, Perry was able to close out to level the scores.

In the third game, Perry was truly able to stamp her authority on the match as she began to dominate Subramaniam to take the lead for the first time in the match. The Malaysian continued to battle back in the fourth as she saved four match balls, before missing two opportunities herself to level the scores as Perry rallied back to take advantage of the Malaysian’s errors and win 10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 in 48 minutes.

“Not sure what was going on in my head there,” said 29-year-old Perry.

“I wasn’t where I wanted to be for most of that match, but all credit to Siva – she came out firing and played some amazing squash. In the end I just had to dig in because you never know where that’s going to get you and luckily it tipped me over the finishing line.

“I just went a bit passive. I think she played a good rally at 10-6 and I went passive and she kept playing well. I was a bit lucky in the tie-break really, I managed to scrape a couple of balls back and then force the error.

“I’d like to think that I have some experience but it doesn’t really look like that today. She was the one playing the controlled squash and I just had to find a way over the line.”

[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-1: 10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 (48m)

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