Sun 15th, Day SEVEN: Finals Day
Sarah-Jane Perry 3-2  Laura Massaro
12/10, 11/9, 7/11, 10/12, 11/7 (80m)
 Nick Matthew 3-0 [3/4] Daryl Selby
11/5, 11/3, 11/2 (45m)
Matthew collected a record seventh National title with a
dominant display against Daryl Selby. There was to be no repeat
of the upset of 2011 as Matthew took early charge and never
looked like relinquishing it.
From 3-all in the first the defending champion took charge and
never looked back.
was a massive goal of mine to break the record," said Matthew.
"Iíve learnt a lot from the names on the trophy both men and
women. I watched Cassie [Jackman] train when I was growing up so
it means a lot to me to break the record.
"Darylís never beaten so I had to keep going even at 9-1 up in
the final game I had to block out my emotion and stay focused.
"The win has made me feel young again, Iím always striving to
improve and want to thank my team for helping me to keep at the
top," added Matthew.
SJ takes the crown
you can beat the world number five and the world number three,
the reigning and the previous champion in consecutive matches,
win three five-setters in three days, then you probably deserve to be
the National Champion, and Sarah-Jane Perry, having done just
that, is the new British Champion.
It was an epic match, Perry coming back from 1-5 to take the
first then holding on to a slender lead to go two up. Massaro
fought back as she does, taking the third convincingly but only
just holding on to a 6-1 advantage in the fourth.
In the decider Perry took a slight early advantage, then from
5-all accelerated away with increasing authority to take the
"I'm ecstatic," said the new champion. "I'm still in a bit of
shock actually, and even if it didn't look like it I really
enjoyed the whole match!
beat two of the top five players in the world back to back,
neither of whom I'd ever beaten before is pretty special, and
I'm quite proud of myself!
"I had a bit of a rocky start to the week but my confidence grew
as the tournament went on and today I told myself I had nothing
to lose, just to go out and get it."
First on SJ's wish list is to rearrange her flight to
Toronto, then she has eyes on bigger things ...
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