Perry inspires England to the World Team title

Emma Beddoes and Sarah-Jane Perry celebrate England's world title alongside Alison Waters and Laura Massaro.
Emma Beddoes and Sarah-Jane Perry celebrate England's world title alongside Alison Waters and Laura Massaro.

Kenilworth’s Sarah-Jane Perry played a starring role as England won their seventh Women’s World Team title with a 2-1 victory over Malaysia in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Perry secured England’s passage with a 3-1 win over Hong Kong’sTong Tsz Wing in the last four and then got the second seeds off to the perfect start in their 11th straight final when she beat MalaysianDelia Arnold 11-8, 11-9, 11-7.

“That was so, so, different from yesterday,” said the world number 17, referring to the semi-final decider. “I wanted to get the girls off to a good start.

“Yesterday, I did my best and made sure I got the job done, but I knew that I had to improve today. And I think I managed to do just that.

“I’m sharing with Laura (Massaro), the team captain, and she’s been amazing. It’s good to have this solid team support. I know how much Ali (Waters) and Laura want this after being in losing finals before.

“I’m happy I managed to find that little extra gear at the end of each game to give the girls that extra boost.”

World number one Nicol David beat Massaro 11-8, 11-9 11-3 to force a decider which Waters won 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 against Low Wee Wern to give England their first title since 2006, which was also staged in Canada.

Team coach David Campion said the title was testament to the work of the whole squad, which also contained Leamington-born Emma Beddoes, but singled out Perry for special praise.

“It’s been a great week for us, despite the ups and downs, and our success is down to the professionalism of the players and the spirit in the camp. It was a superb final,” said Campion.

“We always felt that Sarah-Jane would give a performance today and she did.”