Tesni makes her second world final


Aaron Haley

RHYL professional squash star Tesni Evans reached the second world tour final of her career when she stormed through to the last stage of the NSA Fall Classic in Toronto.

Fresh from leading the Wales team in the Women’s World Championships at Nimes, France, Tesni flew to Canada where she was seeded third.

Now ranked 46 in the world, Tesni first defeated Canada’s Alix Younger 3-0 before toppling England’s Leonnie Holt in four games in the quarter-finals.

Left to face the top seed and world-rated number 33 Samantha Cornett, of Canada, in the semi-finals, Tesni upset the formbook with an inspired performance to snatch a thrilling win in a taxing five-set marathon that lasted more than an hour.

In the showpiece final against Victoria Lust of England, Tesni again had to go the distance only to be edged out 3-2 after coming from 2-down to force a tense decider.

Saints Firsts pushed top-of-the-table heavyweights Bowden all the way before losing 3-2 in their North West Counties Division One tussle at Meliden. 

Flying in from Canada just in time to play, Tesni Evans celebrated her first win in this premier competition, again coming from 2-0 down, while younger brother Emyr pulled off an impressive 3-1 success to complete a family double, Jordan Davies and Mark Thomas both falling 3-0 and Adam Curry 3-1.

In the North Wales League, defending champions Saints just pipped Kent Supplies 3-2, helped by Steve Daborn in a stunning recovery after being 8-0 behind in the fifth game to tilt the verdict in a 10-8 surge.

Will Powell was another Saints’ hero, levelling at 2-2 before seeing an 8-0 lead closed in a nightmare reversal of fortunes. Powell refused to yield and recovered in time to grab a 10-8 victory in the final game.

Saints triumph was completed with another defiant performance from Liam Jones, again in an absorbing full-length thriller.

Saints B moved off the foot of Division Two after winning 3-2 at Mold, courtesy of Jonny Jones, Lowri Roberts and Peter Harris but Saints C were routed 5-0 at Deeside. 

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