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Sarah-Jane Perry (left) and Yathreb Adel (right) clash in round three of the Windy City Open

Windy City Open RD3: Perry Prevails in Scrappy Affair Against Adel

A scrappy third round encounter between England’s Sarah-Jane Perry and Egypt’s Yathreb Adel went the way of the former as she earned her place in the quarter-finals of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family.

The fixture was characterised by short rallies, referee decisions and two injury breaks, with Perry holding her concentration to complete a 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 victory which will see her take on World No.21 Rowan Elaraby for a place in the semis.

The match was delayed for 10 minutes in the third game as Perry was caught in the face when chasing down an Adel drop, while in the fifth Adel needed treatment after rolling her ankle due to a coming together in the centre of the court.

Adel looked to have the upper hand after pushing ahead to 9-6 in the decider, but she lost her composure as Perry came back to take the next five points due to a combination of strokes and tinned shots from her opponent.

“I just managed to pull some better lengths out of the bag at the end, which I could have done with for the rest of the match,” Perry said afterwards.

“She’s a class player and she is very good with the racket. Any time I didn’t hit my targets she punished me for it, and it was a constant battle for the middle, which sometimes gets a bit scrappy.

“I think we were both trying to play the ball and get out of the way. Unfortunately it was a bit scrappy, that’s how it is sometimes, and I’m happy to scrape through.

“Over the course of the match it was the longer rallies that I was tending to win and the shorter ones that I was tending to lose. At the end there, I managed to pick up a few quick points and that obviously helps you get back in touch, and then I had to stay solid and not give anything away.

“I don’t think I’ve been playing my best squash but I’ve been managing to do that more often than not.”

[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [14] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-9 (84m)

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