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Raneem El Welily (right) in action against Olivia Blatchford Clyne

Perry, Clyne, El Welily and Rodriguez Reach Quarters of Oracle NetSuite Open

The first four quarter final spots were taken on the afternoon of day three at the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco, with the defending champion being one of those to make it through.

Sarah-Jane Perry made no mistakes in here clash with Emily Whitlock, beating her compatriot in straight games. World No.1 Raneem El Welily is also into the last eight, while Alan Clyne and Miguel Rodriguez were the two men’s winners in the session.

Defending Champion Perry Downs Whitlock In All-English Clash

Sarah-Jane Perry (right) in action against Emily Whitlock

The reigning two-time Oracle NetSuite Open champion, Sarah-Jane Perry, got her title defence off to the perfect start as she downed compatriot Emily Whitlock.

Perry, who won this event in both 2017 and 2018, needed just 18 minutes to win her second round clash, as she fought back to beat her fellow Englishwoman in both games.

The pair were meeting for the second time in three weeks, having faced off in the quarter-finals of the Open de France – Nantes, where Perry got the better of Whitlock in another best-of-three clash.

Once again, Whitlock started the stronger of the two, but it was the World No.7 that was able to win the first 11-6. The same pattern occurred in the second game, as Perry used a slightly different tactic to normal but taking pace off the ball. And it worked to her advantage.

The tournament’s No.5 seed advances through to the quarter finals, where she will face World No.1 Raneem El Welily in a repeat of last year’s Oracle NetSuite Open final.

“She played really well against me a couple of weeks ago in Nantes. I felt a little flat in that tournament, but I have been feeling better in between, and I just tried to come out and play with a little bit of confidence,” Perry said.

“As both games went on, I started to find my way and my rhythm and momentum. Hopefully tomorrow, I can actually start well and not wait until halfway through the game.

“It feels a lot like last year. I think I was the No.5 seed last year as well so it is very much the same. Every opponent was tough last year and that is the same again this year. You are never thinking about any rounds further ahead, just the one that is right in front of you.”

Result – Women’s Second Round: Oracle NetSuite Open
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 2-0: 11-6, 11-8 (18m)

Clyne Battles Past James To Reach Quarters

Clyne (fore) and James in action in their second round clash

Scotland’s Alan Clyne overcame an Englishman for the second straight round, as he made his way through to the quarter finals of the Oracle NetSuite Open after beating Declan James.

The Scotsman got off to the better start in the match, but he needed some Grif and determination to eventually take the first, which lasted a mammoth half an hour.

The tournament’s No.7 seed then fought back, restricting Clyne to just three points as he won the second, but it would the Scot that went on to take the victory.

The World No.44 allowed the ‘Dark Knight’ just five points in the deciding game, as he caused an upset. He has now won all three clashes with James, with this being their first since 2014. Clyne now faces Miguel Rodriguez in the last eight.

“I knew the first game was long, but I didn’t realise it was that long. It can be like that in best of three because that first one is really important,” Clyne said.

“After going down quickly in the second and it’s tough to come back from that. In the third I just tried to get my game back and started the third well. Happy with it.

“I know Dec’s so strong on the volley. He’s a big guy so he comes across the middle so well, so I had to keep it tight, or use height or something to get around him.

“I tried to keep in the back as much as possibly, the ball was really bouncy so it was tough to get the ball down in to the back. But as the game went on it got a little bit easier.”

Result – Men’s Second Round: Oracle NetSuite Open
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [7] Declan James (ENG) 2-1: 13-11, 3-11, 11-5 (54m)

El Welily Fights Back To Defeat Blatchford Clyne

Raneem El Welily (left) battled past Olivia Blatchford Clyne to reach the last eight

World No.1 Raneem El Welily is through to the quarter finals of the Oracle NetSuite Open after she defeated US No.2 Olivia Blatchford Clyne at the Bay Club in San Francisco.

The American was looking for her first victory over El Welily, and she started the better of the two. Blatchford Clyne went on to win the first game 11-9, the first time she has ever taken a game off the World No.1

However, the Egyptian, who made last year’s ONO final, came fighting back in the second, knowing she had to win it to stay in the match. She did 11-5, before then winning the deciding game by the same scoreline to book her place in the quarter finals.

El Welily will now play reigning Oracle NetSuite Open champion Sarah-Jane Perry in the last eight on Friday evening on the glass court at Embarcadero Plaza, in a repeat of last year’s final.

“All credit to Olivia for putting on such a good performance. We have played before but this is by far the best she has ever played against me,” El Welily said.

“The ball tends to stick to the wall really tight here so I had to adjust, and if I was doing the same as she was, then that was okay with me, as long as I stayed in the rally.

“I enjoyed San Francisco last year and I am here to enjoy my squash once more. It is still the beginning of the season and I am very hungry to get going, and to enjoy it as much as I can!”

Result – Women’s Second Round: Oracle NetSuite Open
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 2-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-5 (35m)

Rodriguez Beats Salazar In Straight Games

Miguel Rodriguez (right) and Arturo Salazar in action at the Bay Club

No.4 seed Miguel Rodriguez is through to the quarter finals in San Francisco after coming through an all-Latin American clash with Mexico’s Arturo Salazar.

The first game was a tough fight, with neither player backing down. However, it would be the Colombian that took it 11-9 to grasp the momentum in the match.

He took that right through the second game, allowing Salazar just a solitary point, as he booked his place in the quarter finals in style. Rodriguez will now play Alan Clyne in the last eight.

“I have been here maybe six of seven times. It is one of the first big tournaments that I started to play in when I joined the PSA, and it is such an honour to play here,” Rodriguez admitted.

“It is always my first tournament of the season, and I am so happy to be through from this game. He can be tricky, you cannot relax. The conditions were very warm as well, so I am happy to be through.”

Result – Men’s Second Round: Oracle NetSuite Open
[4] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 2-0: 11-9, 11-1 (21m)

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