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Revenge is sweet for Madeline, who homes in on another medal

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland squash star Madeline Perry exacted sweet revenge on Australian Kasey Brown yesterday to edge closer to a medal in Glasgow.

Four years ago in Delhi, Brown came from two sets down to beat Perry 3-2, but there was no way the Banbridge woman was going to let that happen again as she won 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5 to reach the quarter-finals for the third straight Commonwealth Games.

Perry (37) was honest enough to admit that she was determined to deliver and make up for her Delhi disappointment.

"It was good to get revenge. I had so much support which was nice. I felt like in Delhi I had let everyone down and I kind of bottled it, so I was determined to push through and show what I was made off," said Perry, currently ranked number 11 in the world.

During the match there seemed to be no love lost between the players, which drove the Ulster woman on.

Perry, who has enjoyed a great career at the highest level, said: "She annoyed me at one point to be honest. I mean, I always have tough matches against her, there are a lot of 'lets' which is not pretty and I don't really enjoy it but it's one of those things.

"I was 4-2 down in the third game and I was trying to get a 'let' and she said my shot was rubbish, so that didn't go down well with me and I went from 2-4 down to 8-4 up.

"I've have preferred to have beaten her in Delhi because this result doesn't get me a medal does it? If I'd won the game with her in Delhi I would have had a Commonwealth Games medal as there wasn't a bronze medal play-off due to an injury.

"Delhi was stressful for me because I put way too much pressure on myself. I've achieved so much in my career and I don't want this medal to become the be all and end all because I've done so much more than I could have ever dreamt off.

"It's all about enjoying it this time and, even though I looked a bit tense on court at times, I was really enjoying the battle."

Today Perry meets world number four Joelle King from New Zealand in the quarter-finals, knowing she must win to have a shot at a medal.

Perry added: "I'm looking forward to the next match, I'm going to get on the show court and it's a great atmosphere and a great court to play in.

"I'm going to take it one game at a time and see where that takes me."

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