Amanda Sobhy (Usa) 3-1  Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 15-13, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6 (46m)
SJ will kick herself from here to the airport for losing the first game. She who can be a bit of a slow starter took Amanda to the throat to lead 9/5, only to see Amanda find some exquisite winners at the front while she was dropping her length….
And despite having a game ball 12/11, Amanda’s crisp squash, sharp and accurate got the better out of the English, 15/13 on her third attempt in 15m.
Complete domination from the American in the second, 3/0, 6/1, 9/2 11/5 in 8m.
The third well, very well started by Amanda, looking pretty comfy out there, 4/1, but a succession of unforced errors (only 2 on the first two games in total) crept in, and it was SJ’s turn to claw back, 7/4, 11/5 (5 unforced errors in that game alone, against 0 for SJ), 6m.
In the fourth, Amanda is switched on again, bless her, and from 2/2, will lead the whole way, 5/2, 10/5, 11/6 in 13m, lovely squash from both, but Amanda volleying beautifully and SJ unable to prevent her time on the ball today…
SJ on Twitter
Plenty of positives to take from last night but not consistent enough against an on 🔥 @itssobhytime.
Loved being back on the glass court and the crowd here are something else.. .thank you Nantes!! #onwardsandupwards
It’s sort of 5pm in NY, so no worries about the jetlag. And to be honest, playing that late would have been a problem if there was nobody watching and the atmosphere was dead. But here, I love the energy and I really didn’t mind, I was quite excited to get on!!!
I just hope that tomorrow, I can get some percentage of the crowd for me, 70/30, 80/20, whatever works for them…
In the third, I got a bit excited, wanted to rush and finish the game too quickly because last time we played, I was up 2/0 and lost it, and that was playing on my mind. And I kept telling myself “stop it”, but I just kept doing it, and became very edgy….
I knew that I was in for a battle with SJ. The last few times we have played it has been close and so I watched her match yesterday, and it was more about going out there and doing what I can do best, enjoying myself and playing freely.
I think it just helped with the whole atmosphere and the fact that I was playing so late, I just said to myself to go out there and to just enjoy it. To squeeze that first game was so crucial, because we are both momentum players, so if we can get up on the other person that it really helps our confidence.
I am very happy about that, and I knew after being 2-0 up, she was going to come back strong. I was really happy to rigour in the fourth and find my form and length again.
I am really looking forward to the final. Going into the tournament, I saw the draw and I thought I had a really good opportunity. I have never been into the finals of a 70k before so I just wanted to test where I am at, especially after the long summer. Camille and I played a few weeks ago in Bellevue and she beat me in five. Hopefully I can reverse that tomorrow.