Sarah-Jane Perry won her second ever WSA World Tour title after a dominant campaign in Corsica.
The 22-year-old faced Frenchwoman Laura Pompartes in the $5K Ile-Rousse International final, having made quick work of Belen Etchechoury of Argentina, Sally Skaarenborg of Denmark and No3 seed Maud Duplomb of France.
Another potential upset was on the cards for the final, as No6 seed Pomportes had already claimed a surprise 3-1 win over the tournament’s top seed Birgit Coufal of Austria in the quarter-finals. The home hope had also seen away unseeded Noelie Marchetti and surprise semi-final contender, fifteen-year-old Egyptian qualifier Nadine Ayman Mohamed Shahin.
After quickly moving through from qualifying, Shahin upset no4 seed Lotte Erkisen in round one, as well as no7 seed Chloe Mesic in the quarters, but ran out of steam against the world No74 from Toulouse.
Pomportes, starring in her first ever WSA World Tour final, showed little sign of nerves as she troubled Perry early on, as she did not allow the No2 seed to settle. Perry’s movement improved as the contest progressed, and the Englishwoman closed out a narrow tie-break first game 13-11.
Confident and patient retrieving from Perry saw her extend her lead in the second game, happy to let the rallies play out and waiting intelligently for the opportunity to attack.
A questionable marking call in the third game allowed Pomportes a way back into the contest, as Perry conceded afterwards that the refereeing decisions had made her lose concentration, and the Frenchwoman pulled a game back.
Refocused however, Perry made quick work of the fourth game to end the competition and double her WSA World Tour title tally. Speaking afterwards, Perry said: “Obviously I’m pleased to win my 2nd title today. It’s been a great week overall and I’m now going to have a rest before getting a good summer’s worth of training in. Coming back stronger and fitter for the new season!”
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