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England's Perry Powers Into World Junior Quarter-Finals In Hong Kong

3 Aug 2007

England's Sarah-Jane Perry, a 17-year-old from Warwickshire who was only expected to reach the last 32, today powered her way into the quarter-finals of the Hoe Hin White Flower Ointment Women's World Junior Championships after upsetting Germany's Sina Wall in the fourth round of the biennial World Squash Federation event in Hong Kong.

The Kenilworth teenager made it to the last sixteen after an unexpected victory over Hong Kong's Shin Nga Leung, a 9/16 seed. Perry, a 17/32 seed, then despatched Wall 9-4, 9-7, 7-9, 9-7 in 50 minutes.

Perry now faces second seed Camille Serme for a place in the semi-finals. Serme, the two-times European Junior Champion, defeated New Zealand's Kerry Wickett 9-1, 9-1, 9-6.

The last match of the day saw Perry joined in the last eight by England team-mate Victoria Lust after the British Junior Champion from Bedfordshire - a 5/8 seed - beat Egypt's Alia Balbaa 9-3, 9-6, 7-9, 9-5.

Another fourth round upset in Hong Kong means that Egypt will be represented by three players on the fourth day of the competition. Nour Bahgat. a 9/16 seed, beat Malaysia's 5/8 seed Low Wee Wern 9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-7 to claim a shock quarter-final slot after 71 minutes.

Bahgat will be joined by Egyptian team-mates Heba El Torky, a 5/8 seed, and event favourite Raneem El Weleily - the 18-year-old from Alexandria who is expected to become only the second girl in history to win the world junior crown twice.

4th round:
[1] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Nessrine Ariffin (MAS) 9-0, 9-3, 9-1 (18m)
[9/16] Nour Bahgat (EGY) bt [5/8] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 9-6, 8-10, 9-6, 9-7 (71m)
[5/8] Heba El Torky (EGY) bt Kimberley Hay (ENG) 9-6, 9-3, 10-8 (36m)
[3/4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [9/16] Laura Gemmell (CAN) 9-3, 9-2, 9-6 (39m)
[3/4] Annie Au (HKG) bt [17/32] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 9-4, 10-9, 9-0 (33m)
[5/8] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [9/16] Alia Balbaa (EGY) 9-3, 9-6, 7-9, 9-5 (39m)
[17/32] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [5/8] Sina Wall (GER) 9-4, 9-7, 7-9, 9-7 (50m)
[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [9/16] Kerry Wickett (NZL) 9-1, 9-1, 9-6 (23m)