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Sarah-Jane Perry (right) Tesni Evans (left)

Women's Worlds: Perry Downs Evans to Reach Quarters

England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry showcased a complete performance as she overcame Wales’ World No.9 Tesni Evans in straight-games to become the first female to book her place in the quarter finals of this season’s Women’s World Championship.

The last time the two players met was at the Manchester Open where either player could have taken the victory, with Evans eventually clinching the win. However, this time there was no contest as Perry did not allow the Welshwoman an opportunity to settle into the match.

Perry dominated from the outset as she settled into her rhythm quickly to take advantage of an unusual lacklustre performance from Evans to take an 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 win in 38 minutes.

“She has beaten me three out of the last four times,” said Birmingham-born Perry afterwards.

“The last time we played was in Manchester and we both had match ball, but she won. Today, I just wanted to play how I wanted to play and stamp my authority on the game and hopefully that was good enough, so I’m really pleased with that.

“Beating any player in this draw 3-0 is a really good achievement and especially someone like Tesni – I looked at that draw and was like ‘not again!’. She was the highest ranked player that I could face in this round and I tried to apply myself and just get through each round and try to do everything right, control everything that I had the ability to control.

“I’ve got memories of playing here from last time and I think it was a lot windier and hotter, so the conditions were fine I thought – it was swirling around a bit in practice this morning, but I just thought you have to deal with whatever is in front of you tonight.”

Result:
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [9] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)

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