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Tesni Evans celebrates after defeating Olivia Clyne

CIB Black Ball Open: Evans Survives Clyne Comeback To Advance

In the opening match of the second round, World No.9 Tesni Evans took on World No.13 Olivia Clyne, and the Welshwoman needed all of her experience to stop a comeback from the American, winning out in the fifth game.

The pair were meeting on the PSA World Tour for the first time since the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, where an unfortunate collision between the pair saw Evans injure her ankle, putting her out of action for the rest of the season.

It was a slow start from the higher-ranked Evans, as Clyne got into the game a bit quicker than her opponent. However, the Welshwoman was able to fight her way back into it, and despite not fully getting into her rhythm, she won it on a tie-break 13-11.

She then took the second game in easier fashion, with a quick start being enough for her before the game began to get scrappy through the mid-part. However, from there, the American No.2 fought her way back into the match, winning the next two games.

Clyne came out firing In the third game with a much higher tempo, winning five of the first six points. The fourth game followed the same pattern, with the American taking an early lead, one she didn’t relinquish, forcing the match into a deciding game.

However, like the fighter she is, Evans gave it her all in the final game, winning the first six points to take a commanding lead, and stamping her authority on the decider. Clyne saved a match ball, but Evans won it 11-7, and goes through to the quarter-finals.

“I think the first two games, it was probably the best squash since I have been injured, so I was overly happy and Liv is too good for that. She played some unbelievable shots and she went for it for two games,” Evans admitted.

“I should have kept up with it more because she is a quality player. The last time, I only lasted 17 minutes against her because I got injured so I am happy I got the win but she is tough to play, that’s for sure!

“I had to be more positive. I sat off her and let her take the front of the court. I had to. Counter that and get on my toes and get up the court. She was getting so many opportunities off me. More than anything, it was mental. I needed to be a bit more positive and I had to leave it all out there today.

“There are so many things, the girls are playing some unbelievable squash and I need to catch up so for me, I just want to give it everything and see where I am at. I will always leave everything I have on the court. I just want to get better and that’s all I can do!”

[8] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [12] Olivia Clyne (USA) 3-2: 13-11, 11-6, 5-11, 7-11, 11-7 (62m)

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