England’s No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry prevailed against a resilient Sabrina Sobhy of America to advance through to the quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions taking place in New York's Grand Central Terminal.
The two players have met twice before in their careers with Perry taking the victory on both occasions, however, Sobhy showed just how much she has improved as she put the tall Englishwoman under huge amounts of pressure before Perry was able to secure a last eight place.
Sobhy, who has won PSA Player of the Month for the last two months in a row, had enjoyed a string of upsets in her home city of New York to reach the third round and it looked as though today’s match could have gone in similar vein as she took the opening game on the tie-break.
World No.8 Perry, who missed last year's tournament due to injury, showed why she was the higher seeded player in the second as she fought back comfortably to settle into her rhythm and find her accuracy to force errors from the American and draw level.
World No.39 Sobhy, who was one of the last Americans left standing in the tournament alongside Olivia Blatchford Clyne, continued to rally back in the last two games as she displayed her impressive retrieval skills, much to the delight of the home support. However, it was not enough to stop the accuracy of Perry who saw out an 11-13, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 victory.
“It was a tough match in 2018 when we played,” said Perry.
“She has improved a lot since then, so I knew that I couldn’t be complacent. She caught me off guard with a lot of shots in that first game and I had to get myself going and get my legs to move a bit more like hers.
“She put me under pressure right until the end and her reactions are pretty awesome, so I’ll try to remember that one for next time! That’s another Sobhy I’ve taken on here, I’ve played both of them now in their home city. I’m really happy to be through.”
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-1: 11-13, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (42m)