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Sarah-Jane Perry (left) pictured in action against Joelle King (right)

Cleveland Classic: El Tayeb and Perry to Contest Final

Egypt’s World No.5 Nour El Tayeb and England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry will contest the final of the Cleveland Classic PSA World Tour Bronze event after respective wins over India’s Joshna Chinappa and New Zealand’s Joelle King.

No.3 seed Perry caused an upset as she took out No.2 seed and 2018 Cleveland champion King to reach her first PSA final of the season.

It was a strong start from King, who took the lead in the first game to set herself 10-8 up. However, a strong fightback from Perry saw her save several game balls to take the first game. The second saw Perry continue the momentum in her favour as she cruised her way to a two-game advantage.

King came back in the third to improve her consistency in the match, but sadly for the Kiwi it was not enough to prevent Perry from advancing to the final.

Perry will come up against defending champion El Tayeb in the final after she took just 26 minutes to power past India’s Chinappa, who had enjoyed an upset over Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the previous round.

Nour El Tayeb

El Tayeb, who reached the final of the Carol Weymuller Open last week, showed her racket skill as she took a comfortable first game, 11-4, before Chinappa became more competitive in the second and held an 8-5 lead, but El Tayeb was able to show her resilience as she battled back to double her lead before closing out the straight-games win.

El Tayeb and Perry have faced each other six times on the PSA Tour with all six victories going the way of the Egyptian.

The final takes place at 18:30 local time (GMT-5) today and you can follow the live scores from the event here.

There will also be live streaming. Follow the action from court one.

Photos by Andrea Dawson.

Results: Cleveland Classic semi-finals
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [5] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [2] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 14-12, 11-4, 13-11 (40m)

Draw: Cleveland Classic final – To be played February 3
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

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