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by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
Despite having degrees in engineering and business, Sarah-Jane Perry (right) has decided to pursue professional squash and is now ranked No. 17 in the world.
PETALING JAYA: Sarah-Jane Perry is not your conventional squash player.
Standing at 1.83m tall, the 23-year-old is the tallest player on the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour.
But that’s not all, as Perry, British Junior Open champion in 2009, also has degrees in engineering and business!
Having turned down a job offer to pursue professional squash two years ago, she has no regrets about her decision.
“I was studying then and only finished my studies at the University of Warwick two years ago ... so I’m still quite new on the professional tour,” said the Birmingham-born Perry.
“I actually received a job offer ... but turned it down because I wanted to pursue squash, and I have no regrets.
“I had a good summer training with my coach Steve Townsend, and I’m feeling strong at the moment.”
Perry is certainly on the rise, having won three WSA titles this year and picked up her second British Under-23 National title as well.
She has also risen rapidly in rankings, currently at a career high of No. 17 in the world and fourth in England, after Laura Massaro, Alison Waters and Jenny Duncalf.
Perry, who had the luck of the draw at the CIMB Malaysian Open, is also delighted to make the quarter-finals of a WSA World Series for the first time in her career.
“It’s been a great run, definitely one of my best and I’m hoping it will push me higher.
“Being the tallest player on the tour also works to my advantage and I’m happy for this big break in Malaysia. Furthermore, it’s my first time here!”
With Perry, and another English youngster - Emily Whitlock, rapidly coming through the ranks, England look strong in depth and will be a serious contender once more at next year’s World Teams.
England were runner-up in the last three editions, losing to Egypt twice (2008, 2012) and to Australia in 2010.
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