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Sarah-Jane Perry celebrates after securing her semi-final berth

Manchester Open QFs: Perry Cruises Past Struggling Evans

English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry continues her run on home soil, as she advances to the semi-finals following a comfortable victory over Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans, who was struggling through tiredness and injury.

This was the 12th meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, and Perry was aiming to continue the dominant run she had over the Welshwoman. The first couple of games were quite scrappy, with neither player bringing out their best squash.

The Englishwoman, who sits at her highest position of World No.5, was able to stay in control through the majority of those first two games, before Evans took a three-minute injury break in between the second and third games, after suffering a slight hip issue.

She was unable to move properly, and although she put up a strong fight in the third game, it was Perry who secured victory in just over half an hour, setting up a clash with Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals of the PSA Silver level tournament.

“I don’t think that was the best of Tesni today. She had two five-setters, so I knew she might be a bit stiff. I went on with the mindset of best-of-three to try and get the intensity up,” Perry admitted.

“I didn’t want to get dragged into the long up-and-down the backhand exchanges which have been present in some of our previous matches. I tried to just step up and take control. I know I have played well in practice, so I just tried to get that out on court.

“I think I could feel a little DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in my legs today, but that gave me a smile, because I quite like playing with it. You warm up through it and you get that feel for your body. Hopefully I will be even better tomorrow.”

[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [7] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (35m)