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Nour El Sherbini

Tournament of Champions QF: El Sherbini Ends Perry Losing Streak

Egypt’s World No.2 Nour El Sherbini made light work of England’s No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry to continue her title defence in New York as she powered her way through to the semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

El Sherbini had been on the end of a surprise losing streak to the tall Englishwoman, with Perry claiming the last three victories in a row. However, three-time ToC champion El Sherbini ensured she corrected her tactics as she put on a much more focused display and stepped up her level from yesterday’s match with USA No.1 Olivia Blatchford Clyne to march to an 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 victory in 33 minutes.

Reigning World Champion El Sherbini will take on New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King for a place in the final.

“Losing once against any player is always hard, but losing three times is harder,” said El Sherbini.

“Last season I wasn’t happy with the way I was playing and I played her three times and I lost three times. This time I was prepared well and I just wanted to come on and play good, enjoy more and I think I did a good plan with my coaches. I’m really glad it worked and happy that I won in three.

“SJ is very skilful and you can see that she can kill any shot from anywhere on the court. I was trying to take a step forward and be prepared for any shot she played and I’m happy that I’m playing loads better than yesterday and that gives me a huge push for tomorrow.

“I love it here, it’s my favourite and it’s the only one, apart from the World Championships, that I’ve won three times. The place and everything gives us the motivation to want to play and win here.”

Result:
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (33m)

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