Tesni Makes History at US Open
Karakal star and World No.12 Tesni Evans became the first player from Wales to reach the semi-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after an enthralling match at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.
Tesni, the Welsh No.1, had never beaten Sarah-Jane Perry in any of their six previous meetings on the PSA Tour, while Sarah-Jane got the better of Tesni in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games singles event on the Gold Coast earlier this year. But inside Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, Tesni put in a magnificent performance as she fought back from a 2-1 deficit to finally get a win over the World No.8 which sees her become the first Welsh player since coach David Evans in 2000 to reach the last four of a major PSA Tour event.
“I’m really pleased with my performance today,” said Tesni. “I’m a very proud Welsh person anyway, so it makes me really happy that I can break records as much as I can. I’m so happy that I’m the first one to do it at this event and I hope there are many more after me.
“I’ve only played one tournament before this season and I wasn’t quite sure where my level was at, but to beat two world-class players in three days is an amazing achievement. It’s one of my favourite events that I have been to. I love the place, I stay with a really good family and I feel really good here.”
Tesni will take on World Champion Raneem El Welily later today, for a place in the Final.
Come on Tesni!