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Sarah-Jane Perry

Gaynor Cup: Perry Edges Low as Top Four Seeds Reach Semis

No.2 seed Sarah-Jane Perry survived a stern test against Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern as she battled to a 3-2 victory to join the rest of the top seeds in the semi-finals of the Bahl and Gaynor Cincinnati Gaynor Cup.

The World No.7 had to dig deep into her mental reserves to fend off the challenge from the former World No.5, eventually coming through to win 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 in 65 minutes, which is the longest match of the tournament so far.

Low’s sister, wildcard Weenee, coaches at the venue, meaning the Malaysian had the majority of home support behind her. Buoyed by the support, a tenacious showing from the World No.25 saw her take a 2-1 lead, with all three games being won by a narrow margin.

However Perry, who was recently crowned British Nationals champion, was the more accurate of the pair in the final two games as she finally saw off the challenge to reach the last four.

United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford Clyne will await Perry in the semi-finals after she beat Belgium’s Tinne Gilis 3-0, while Gilis’s older sister, Nele, lost out by the same scoreline to the country’s No.1 player and tournament top seed Amanda Sobhy. Sobhy will line up against World Junior Champion Hania El Hammamy in the next round, with El Hammamy seeing off fellow Egyptian Rowan Elaraby in straight games.

The semi-finals get under way at 16:00 (GMT-5) on Sunday February 23, with live scoring available here. The action will also be streamed live on the Gaynor Cup YouTube Channel.

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Results – Quarter-Finals: 2020 Bahl and Gaynor Cincinnati Gaynor Cup
[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [5] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 (24m)
[3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [6] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (31m)
[4] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) v [7] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (33m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [8] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-2: 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 (65m)

Draw – Semi-Finals
[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[4] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) v [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

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