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Raneem El Welily

U.S. Open QF: El Welily Conquers Perry

Reigning FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships champion Raneem El Welily secured a place in the last four of the tournament after she overcame England’s No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry in straight-games in Philadelphia.

The two players met just two weeks ago at the Oracle NetSuite Open, where El Welily came away with the victory and the Egyptian made sure to continue that strong streak in America as she took the first game by an 11-6 margin.

England’s Perry fought back strongly in the second to lead all the way as she looked as though she was going to get back on level terms before El Welily clawed her way back into the encounter at 7-7. Perry did well to stay in some brutal rallies to eventually hold game ball, before El Welily converted her own attempt at the second time of asking to double her advantage.

The Egyptian World No.1 continued to not take her foot off the gas in the third, despite Perry pushing her all the way, as she secured an 11-6, 14-12, 11-8 victory, which was her 350th on the PSA Tour.

“I’m so far away from defending my title,” said 30-year-old El Welily afterwards.

“Into the semis now after a very very close match. SJ is a very talented player and she’s got great tactics on court, so coming off today with a 3-0 win is very positive for me.

“It used to be very hard for me mentally to play the same person again and again but since the years have passed, I think I have got used to it. We play one week after the other and it’s very common that we play the same back-to-back. It’s just another match, I don’t think of it as a repeat of something that has happened before it is just a new match and a new opportunity.

“Rowan [Elaraby] is playing really good squash this week, she’s done a great job this summer and has worked really hard. Nour [El Tayeb] is a really strong player and I hope it’s going to be a good and entertaining match.”

[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 14-12, 11-8 (34m)

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