Kenilworth’s Sarah-Jane Perry produced some memorable performances to win Silver at the Gold Coast Games and was a whisker away taking home gold.
Perry, who trains with the Rob Owen Acadmey out of West Warwicks Sports Club, set up a quarter final with home favourite Donna Urquhart after two straight games victories. The in form Australia took Perry to 1 game apiece before the number 4 seed eased away to take a 3-1 victory.
Wales Tesni Evans had upset the seedings by beating top seed Laura Massaro in the quarters, leaving Perry with a match against her former Kenilworth team mate to earn a place in the final. Perry played some superb squash to win in 3, never giving Tesni a chance to get in front and dominate.
In a memorable final the World number 2 from New Zealand took a 2-0 lead after two tight games. Known for her fighting spirit, Perry was not going down easily and bravely battled back to 2 games all. At 8-8 in the fifth it looked like the title could go either way, King just having the edge to leave the English woman with a Silver medal to be proud of.
Round 1 – Bye
Round 2 – Beat Alison Mua (Fij) 11-1, 11-3, 11-6 (13 mins)
Round 3 – Beat Nikki Todd (13) (Can) 12-10, 11-3, 11-5 (28 mins)
Quarter Final – Beat Donna Urquhart (7) (Aus) 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5 (41 mins)
Semi Final – Beat Tesni Evans (6) (Wal) 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (34 mins)
Final – Lost to Joelle King (2) (NZL) 14-16, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11, 8-11 (74 mins)