WSA Granite Open Report and Results

Perry 2013 Title Leader After Granite Open Win
Sarah-Jane Perry becomes the first player on the WSA World Tour to reach three titles in 2013 after claiming the WSA Tour 15 Granite Club Open in Toronto, Canada.

The 22-year-old Englishwoman from Birmingham won the Mayfair Open last week as third seed, and continued her excellent form to repeat the success a week later at the Granite Club.

Perry completes her seventh WSA title having worked her way through the event without dropping a single game.  She was complimentary of her first round opponent, qualifier Sabrina Sobhy saying it was a “high quality match” and that marking the sixteen-year-old as “one to watch for the future” despite her three game win.  

Her quarter-final opponent Amanda Landers-Murphy of New Zealand was also dealt with efficiently, which put her through to the semi-finals to face No.2 seed and national compatriot Sarah Kippax for the second time in a fortnight.

Last week, Perry had dropped a game to Kippax on the way to the final, but she had her game-plan perfected on this occasion, and booked her third WSA final place of the year with a straight games win.

In the final, Perry faced unseeded fellow-Englishwoman Victoria Lust.  The former world No.29 had taken out a host of seeds on the way to her sixteenth WSA final.  In round one she defeated local hope, fifth seed Samantha Cornett in straight games, before moving on to beat last week’s Mayfair Open finalist Heba El Torky of Egypt in four games.

At the same time, Japanese seventh seed Misaki Kobayashi provided another surprise result for the quarters by beating top seeded Samantha Teran in a straight games victory, setting up a clash with Lust in the semi-final.  The non-seed brushed Kobayashi to one side to ensure her final placing, but was unable to halt the dominance of Perry who is clearly seeing some of her best form to date.

The Granite Club Open win means that Perry, one of a few modern players to now boast back-to-back titles in successive years, now has seven WSA titles to her name from just nine final appearances.  This latest win also puts her in contention to break into the world's Top20 in the new WSA rankings, due out next week.  

Final:
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Victoria Lust (ENG)          11-8, 11-7, 11-5
 
Semi-finals:
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [7] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)           11-6, 11-7, 11-7
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [2] Sarah Kippax (ENG)  11-9, 11-4, 11-8
 
Quarter-finals:
[7] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [1] Samantha Teran (MEX)         11-7, 11-6, 11-4
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [4] Heba El Torky (EGY)    11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [6] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)     11-9, 11-8, 11-7
[2] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [8] Lauren Selby (ENG)         11-5, 11-6, 11-4
 
1st round:
[1] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Melody Francis (AUS)      11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8
[7] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA)         10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7
[4] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Megan Craig (NZL)    11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [5] Samantha Cornett (CAN)        11-8, 11-8, 11-8
[6] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [Q] Cyrielle Peltier (FRA)          11-3, 11-9, 13-11
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)            11-8, 11-8, 11-7
[8] Lauren Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Lotte Eriksen (NOR)         8-11, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-8
[2] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Nikki Todd (CAN)       12-10, 11-3, 11-9

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