PETALING JAYA: England’s No. 1 Sarah-Jane Perry overcame S. Sivasangari (pic) in straight games to reach the Manchester Open semi-finals.
The national No. 2 managed to take Perry to a tie-break in the third before bowing out 3-11, 9-11, 10-12 in 34 minutes.
Sivasangari was the only Malaysian representative left to carry the challenge in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Perry complimented her Malaysian rival for not making things easy.
“She caught me by surprise in the second when she came out. I didn’t think she found much length in the first game, then in the second she took a bit of pace off the ball and was getting it in the back a lot better.
“Even if you do that and don’t hit it hard enough, she will get straight on it as she is very quick-footed and in her moves. I was pleased to win that one and finish that game really well,” said Perry.