It was delight for English junior Saran Nghiem as she downs No.1 seed Cristina Gomez at The Northern Joe Cup in Manchester yesterday.
The local favourite has now beaten two seeded players in the event to make her way to the semi finals. Like her quarter final, Nghiem had to fight all the way to a fifth game to win. The 53 minute clash saw Nghiem trail by 2 games to 1, before battling back to take the match 11-9 in the final game.
“It feels really good to win, it was a really tough game against a highly ranked player so i’m glad I got stuck in and fought for the win”
Nghiem is particularly relishing the home crowd advantage this week and admits the extra boost they give is helping her this week, “I’ve come through two tough matches in the last two rounds so it’s boosted me a lot to be able to get through them.”
“Plus the home court and i’m loving the crowd, they're giving me that extra boost”
Nghiem sets up a semi final clash with Scotland’s Georgia Adderley, the only non English player left in the competition. Adderley produced a strong performance, beating surprise quarter finalist Elise Romba 3:0.
It’s an all English semi final line up in the men’s draw. Charlie Lee progressed safely through to the last four by beating Perry Malik in a comfortable 36 minute 3:0. Lee expressed his satisfaction with just being on court after recent injury trouble..
“It’s still only my second tournament back from a 3 month injury absence so I really am just playing it point by point and trying to absorb as much as I can from being back in the tournament environment. For now I’m fully focused on my semi final.”
Lee now faces faces No.8 seed Harry Falconer in the semi finals. Falconer defeated giant killer Vini Rodrigues in three comfortable games to progress through.
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Results – Men’s quarter finals: Northern Joe Cup 2021 –
 Nick Wall (ENG) bt Miles Jenkins (ENG) 3:0 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (36m)
Stuart Macgregor (ENG) bt Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3:0 11-8, 11-4, 11-1 (34m)
 Charlie Lee (ENG) bt Perry Malik (ENG) 3:0 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (36m)
 Harry Falconer (ENG) bt Vini Rodrigues (BRA) 3:0 11-2, 11-5, 11-8 (28m)
Results – Women’s quarter finals: Northern Joe Cup 2021 –
Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt  Cristina Gomez (ESP) 3:2 11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 (53m)
 Georgia Adderley (SCO) bt Elise Romba (FRA) 3:0 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (29m)
 Grace Gear (ENG) bt Katie Wells (ENG) 3:0 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (24m)
 Lily Taylor (ENG) bt Alicia Mead (ENG) 3:1 11-5, 13-15, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)
Draw – Men’s semi finals:
 Nick Wall (ENG) v Stuart Macgregor (ENG)
 Charlie Lee (ENG) v  Harry Falconer (ENG)
Draw – Women’s semi finals:
Saran Nghiem (ENG) v  Georgia Adderley (SCO)
 Lily Taylor (ENG) v  Grace Gear (ENG)