Sarah-Jane Perry beats Nicol David to win 2017 Oracle NetSuite Open

England’s World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry, represented by internationalSPORTgroup, defeated former World No.1 Nicol David 8-11 8-11 11-7 14-12 11-7 to win the 2017 Oracle NetSuite Squash Open in San Francisco.

Perry, the 2015 runner-up who beat top seed and defending champion Laura Massaro in the semi-finals - had won the last three meetings between her and David but was up against it as her opponent, an eight-time World Champion, surged into a two-game lead courtesy of some precise attacking at the front of the court.

27-year-old Perry fought back in the third to halve the deficit before squandering two game balls in the fourth to hand David a championship ball.

But a fortuitous nick off a Perry cross court handed the initiative back to the player from England, and she converted her next game ball before holding her nerve in the decider to seal an 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7 victory that sees her pick up the ninth Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour title of her career and her first since 2015.

"I was just thinking of my nan [at championship ball down], it’s one I’ve got to dedicate to her because she passed away a couple of weeks ago and on that championship ball I told myself that I had to be brave and do it for nan and it worked," said an emotional Perry.

"If a dead nick isn’t a sign that she’s looking down on me, then I don’t know what is. I had nothing in the tank but I just kept getting another ball back against someone who was playing amazing.

"This is my biggest title and I reached my first World Series final last season, so I’m looking to set my marker down early. Winning this one has kickstarted my season and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come for the rest of the year."

​Final: 2017 Women’s Oracle NetSuite Open
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [2] Nicol David (MAS) 3-2: 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7 (74m)