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Tesni Evans in action against Sarah-Jane Perry

U.S. Open - Quarter-finals - As It Happens

The second day of quarter-finals action at the FS Investments U.S. Open take place today, with a whole host of thrilling matches in store.

World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.12 Tesni Evans – who came from 2-0 down against World No.5 Joelle King in the previous round – will start the day's action.

They are followed by Germany's Simon Rosner and Colombia's Miguel Angel Rodriguez who will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals.

The remaining two matches of the day will see an old rivalry resumed as former World No.1s Laura Massaro and Raneem El Welily take to the court. While, French General Gregory Gaultier and World No.2 Ali Farag complete the day's play.

Coverage will be LIVE on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan only).

Fans outside of Europe can also watch the action unfold LIVE via the PSA World Tour Facebook page.

You can also follow the live scores from the day's play, as well as finding results and reaction from players here.

Schedule (GMT-4)
17:00 [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) v [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
17:45 [4] Simon Rösner (GER) v [5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
18:45 [7] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
19:30 [6] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

Evans Makes History at U.S. Open

World No.12 Tesni Evans made history in Philadelphia after she became the first ever Welsh player to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open after defeating World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry at Drexel University.

Going into today’s battle, the Welsh No.1 had never defeated England’s Perry in six of their previous meetings, however, she made sure to avenge those losses to book her place in her biggest ever PSA Tour semi-final.

Evans took the first game, before Perry – who won last week’s Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco – utilised her experience to roar back and take the next two.


However, Evans showed the kind of resilience that saw her come from 2-0 down against New Zealand’s World No.4 Joelle King in the previous round to complete an emphatic 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 victory in 71 minutes.

“I’m really pleased with my performance today,” said World No.12 Evans.

“I’ve always struggled, and still do, against SJ. I find her style doesn’t seem to suit me and I’m really happy that I could play well today.

“I’m a very proud Welsh person anyway and 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 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.”

Result:
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (71m)

Rösner Runs Rampant Against Rodriguez

A masterclass performance from Germany’s World No.5 Simon Rösner saw him defeat Colombia’s World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in straight-games to reach his first U.S. Open semi-finals.

The win also means that Rösner will become the first German player to feature in the U.S. Open semi-finals.

30-year-old Rösner was in dominant form and executed his game plan to perfection to nullify the ‘Colombian Cannonball’ and book his place in the last four, where he will face either World No.2 Ali Farag or former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier.

“I feel amazing,” said the 2018 Tournament of Champions winner.

“I felt comfortable. I kind of struggled in the beginning to find my rhythm and my tactics – I didn’t get my tactics right at the start. So, I thought I had to change something when I was 9-6 down and I’m quite surprised with how I was able to convert my tactics I had before the match worked out.

“I’m really happy with my performance, especially tactically today. I needed to slow down the pace every once in a while, get into the corners better and I think I managed to do that by chipping it up high in the air from the left side corner to the right-side corner and after that I was able to counter-attack.

“Once the ball softened up in the second game it got better because I really found my depth into the corners.”

Result:
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (41m)

El Welily Reaches Semis

Reigning World Champion Raneem El Welily proved that she was a true contender for this year’s U.S. Open title after she dispatched former World No.1 Laura Massaro in straight-games.

The two players have faced each other a lot over the years, with today marking their 30th meeting on the PSA Tour and El Welily made sure to another win to her tally as she was at her best to reach the semi-finals.

El Welily played with pinpoint accuracy to be at her shot-making best against a tough Massaro – who came through an edgy five-game thriller with eight-time World Champion Nicol David in the previous round – and will now feature in her third successive semi-final in Philadelphia.

“Laura is never easy to play against,” said Cario-born El Welily.

“I didn’t know we have played each other 30 times – that’s a lot. We have been playing each other for a long time now but it wasn’t easy today. It was 3-0 but as you can see from the scoreline it was close, especially in the third – Laura was really getting me all around the court.

“Maybe I played safe a little bit, maybe I wanted to win too much so that put a bit of pressure on me but overall I’m very happy to come out as a winner today and it was a good match.

“The court over in San Francisco is very different but obviously I took a lot of confidence from that match but the plan had to be different and I had to adapt differently to today’s conditions and I’m happy to be through.”

Result:
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [7] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 12-10 (32m)

Farag Continues his Title Defence

Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag came through an epic encounter with former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier to continue his title defence in Philadelphia.

The ‘French General’ took the opening game to set the tempo for what proved to be an enthralling quarter-final battle between two squash heavyweights.

Gaultier looked to have settled into a strong rhythm as defending champion struggled to execute his game plan against the 2015 World Champion.

As the match wore on, the points continued to be traded between the pair with Farag constantly fighting to find a way back into the match.


However, after the fourth, the Egyptian World No.2 began to pull away comfortably as Gaultier looked tired and appeared to be struggling with injury as Farag recorded an 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-2 in 74 minutes.

Farag will now face Germany’s World No.5 Simon Rösner for a place in this year’s final.

“I have to give a huge amount of respect to Greg,” said the current World No.2.

“Playing at such a pace for five games at the age of 36 – I really can’t believe it. I look up to him and I hope one day I can be like him.

“Whenever I try to drag him into long rallies, he always finds a way out. He’s still fit at this age, he’s very smart and always finds a way out. I’m glad I had Nour [El Tayeb] in my corner, who kept telling me to keep pushing and that I would find a way somehow. I don’t know how I did it, but it just happened and I’m so relieved to be in the semi-finals again.

“Out of the non-Egyptians, Simon is my closest friend on Tour, we spend a lot of time together and he’s an amazing guy on and off the court. He’s a very skilful player, who likes to volley a lot, so I have to be on my metal tomorrow.”

Result:
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [6] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-2: 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-2 (74m)

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