1/4 Finals for Tesni!

1/4 Finals for Tesni!

This years women’s event at the Allam British Open will feature a Welsh quarter-finalist for the first time in history.

Rhyl-based Tesni Evans has become the first female Welsh player of all time to reach the quarter-finals of the sport’s longest-running tournament as she put in an immaculate performance to beat New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Joelle King yesterday.

Tesni, who won a bronze medal of her own last months games, put the Kiwi on the back foot throughout the encounter and claimed an 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 straight games victory over the world number four.

Speaking after the match a delighted Tesni said “We have played so many times in practice, not so much on the PSA World Tour but in practice we have and we both know each other so well, so it was just going to be a case of who did it better today."

Alluding to current PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough, who is the only other Welsh player to have qualified for the last eight at a British Open, Tesni continued “I’ve been able to play well in this tournament. I like playing in the UK anyway and being home and it’s good to bring a Welsh person into the quarter-finals again here.”

Tesni will next face 2015 champion Camille Serme later today.