Sarah Jane Perry
completed a WSA World Tour title double after winning the Abierto Mexicano de
Raquetas in Toluca Mexico, her second win in two weeks.
The 22-year-old Englishwoman beat three higher seeds on her way to the title,
having recorded a similar victory in last week’s Pyramid International in New
Perry made short work of local first round opponent Ivonne Diaz, before
fighting back from two games down to defeat No.3 seed Samantha Cornett of
Canada. She then stormed through the semi-final stage, taking the first game
from No.2 seed and fellow Englishwoman Lauren Briggs without dropping a
point, before closing out a confident four-game win.
She then faced Line Hansen, elevated to top seed following the withdrawal
of Samantha Teran through injury before the event began. The Danish
favourite defeated Celia Allamargot in the first round, followed by
confident wins over Thaisa Serafini and Nicolette Fernandes to
meet expectations in reaching the final.
It was Perry again who started quickest, taking the opening game by a
considerable margin. A similar score-line followed in the second game, as the
Dane struggled to assert herself against the young Englishwoman. A change in
tactic allowed the top seed the opportunity to get back into the game, and she
duly won the third game but Perry returned refocused for a much closer fourth
game. She claimed the title on the tie-break as Hansen, ranked 10 places above
Perry, was unable to quell the younger players’ energy.
The Englishwoman rose 10 places in last week’s November rankings release, and
looks set to continue her elevation after claiming the third and biggest title
of her career to date.