United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy is through to the final of the Open de France – Nantes after defeating England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry in a tough four-game battle at the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne.
The American came into the clash with a slender 4-3 advantage over the World No.7 when it came to their head-to-head record.
She eventually took the first game, but she had to save several game balls before then taking the victory 15-13.
The second was much more straight-forward for the New York-born Sobhy, who ran out to a 9-2 lead. Although Perry got a few points back, the World No.8 was able to close the game out to double her lead in the match.
Sobhy then went out to a 4-1 lead in the third, only for Perry to fight back. The Englishwoman kept herself in the match by winning 10 of the next 11 points to win the game 11-5, to move back to just one behind.
However, the American regained control in the fourth game, as he moved out into a commanding lead early on, a lead that she would not relinquish, as she booked her place in the final of the tournament, where she will face World No.3 Camille Serme.
“I knew that I was in for a battle with SJ. The last few times we have played it has been close and so I watched her match yesterday, and it was more about going out there and doing what I can do best, enjoying myself and playing freely,” Sobhy said.
“I think it just helped with the whole atmosphere and the fact that I was playing so late, I just said to myself to go out there and to just enjoy it. To squeeze that first game was so crucial, because we are both momentum players, so if we can get up on the other person that it really helps our confidence.
“I am very happy about that, and I knew after being 2-0 up, she was going to come back strong. I was really happy to rigour in the fourth and find my form and length again.
“I am really looking forward to the final. Going into the tournament, I saw the draw and I thought I had a really good opportunity. I have never been into the finals of a 70k before so I just wanted to test where I am at, especially after the long summer. Camille [Serme] and I played a few weeks ago in Bellevue and she beat me in five. Hopefully I can reverse that tomorrow.”
Result – Women’s Semi-Final: Open de France – Nantes
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 15-13, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6 (46m)