Kenilworth's squash star Sarah-Jane Perry wins silver medal - to add to her bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games
Perry said it has been ‘extra special’ to have her son, Elijah, watching her throughout the games, alongside her partner Becky
Kenilworth's squash star Sarah-Jane Perry won a silver medal last night (Monday) to add to her bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Perry - who learned her trade at Kenilworth Squash Club and lives in the town - and Alison Waters were beaten 2-0 by New Zealand in the final of the women's doubles final event at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The English duo came unstuck against defending champions Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy.
The Kiwis punished No.2 seeded England for a slow start as they took a 5-2 lead, before more aggressive court positioning from Perry and Waters allowed England to move ahead at 8-6.
Unfortunately, England were unable to hold onto this position, with the impressive left-hander Landers-Murphy helping the Kiwis score five successive points to win the first game 11-8.
The 2022 World Doubles silver medallists pushed hard in the second game and took the first two points, only to be pegged back to 9-4.
Cheered on by the crowd, Perry and Waters regained their composure and went within two points at 9-7. New Zealand though, then moved to 10-7 and, despite saving one match ball, England could not perform a memorable escape as King and Landers-Murphy took the match with an 11-8 win.
Perry, who was born in Birmingham, said: "My partner Becky has been amazing taking up the slack with our five-month-old son Elijah so that I can train properly.
“It has been extra special him being here and being able to watch me throughout the games.”
Having won singles bronze behind team-mate Gina Kennedy, the 32-year-old reached the women’s doubles podium alongside the retiring Alison Waters.
Perry also won the bronze medal in the women's singles last Wednesday (August 3), beaten by England team-mate (and eventual gold medallist) Georgina Kennedy at the semi-final stage before recovering from 0-2 down to win 3-2 against New Zealand's Joelle King to take the third place medal.
There was an emotional moment after the match, when she celebrated her bronze medal with her partner Becky and their baby son Elijah.