Joelle King (Nzl) 2-0  Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 12-10, 11-7 (32m)
Those two know each other’s game so well, they are good friends, and you could feel it on court, the respect – although it was disputed at all time….
Just to prove me wrong, Sarah Jane started strongly – ha ha – and although Joelle had her cute nose in front (8/6, 10/7), the Gladiator came back to 10/10, but had to concede the opener, 12/10 thanks to a stroke to Joelle, and a final tin from the English, 12/10, 18m.
The second game saw a few errors from both (4 for SJ, 3 for Joelle), but close to start with, 2/2, 3/3, 5/4, Joelle finding her relaxed excellent balanced squash, 8/4, 9/5, 10/6 and 11/7…. 13m game, Joelle still as fluid and impressive as she was on her first match here against Amanda Sobhy.
— Squash New Zealand (@squashnz) June 24, 2021
“SJ and I live an hour and a half away from each other, so we play a lot of practice matches together. Obviously it is always different when you step on court in a tournament situation, but it is nice to be familiar with the players you are playing against, although everyone is improving, so you have to keep learning and seeing what improvements they are doing.
“I’m playing Hania tomorrow, and we are both in the same situation. We have both won two matches, so it just brings a new challenge. I go out on court every time to win, so I will give it my all tomorrow.”