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Warwickshire’s Perry captures second British National title

Jasmine Hutton and Sarah-Jane Perry

Jack Flintham reports

Kenilworth’s Sarah-Jane Perry managed to negotiate three tightly contested games to defeat Sussex’s Jasmine Hutton in the final of the AJ Bell British National Championships in Nottingham today.

Hutton, whose route to the final was unconventional after receiving two byes due to player withdrawals, pushed the British number one hard but Perry used her experience to find a way through to capture her second British National crown.

A tight opening first between these two was only separated at the end when Perry, the 2015 champion, played a cleverly disguised shot which evaded Hutton who was stuck at the back of the court.

The 29-year-old then took her momentum from the first into the second but was pegged back from 7-3.

Hutton managed to save one game ball but could not avoid succumbing to the second as Perry took it 11-9.

Hutton continued her spirited effort into the third game, but the top seed only needed one Championship ball to secure the title.

Perry, who trains at Kenilworth Tennis, Squash and Croquet Club, said:

“I’m really pleased to win a second National title because I’ve been stuck on one for a little while.”

“Jasmine played fantastic. She came out with no signs of nerves and played some really fearless squash. She has improved so much in the past six, 12, 18 months.

“She is definitely pushing in that crop of young players trying to challenge the slightly older guard like myself. I am sure she will have many more finals.

“My goals for the rest of the season is to try and push on a bit further in some of the platinum events and try and get into that top four or five in the world.”

[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [5/8] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9