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Olivia Fiechter: Photo by Petteri Repo

Texas Open: Fiechter Stuns Evans in Round Two

United States World No.52 Olivia Fiechter caused a huge upset to down World No.10 Tesni Evans in round two of the J Warren Young Memorial Texas Open PSA World Tour Bronze event, held in Dallas.

23-year-old Fiechter claimed a huge scalp over Welshwoman Evans as she played an intelligent game to oust the British National champion out of the draw at the first hurdle.

The two players had never met before on the PSA World Tour and could not have had more contrasting records going into the encounter, with Evans playing in her 254th PSA match and Fiechter in her 33rd.

The American took a 2-0 lead thanks to two wins on the tie-break, before Evans came back in the third to reduce the deficit. However, it was Fiechter who was able to hold on to close out a 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6 victory in 54 minutes.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Fiechter following her big win.

“I’m beyond excited! I knew it would be a tough match against Tesni, who is a top 10 player, but I knew I just had to go out there push her for the win which I managed to do.”

Fiechter will now take on Canada’s Hollie Naughton for a place in the semi-finals.

The World No.29 overcame Egypt’s World No.35 Nada Abbas to advance in Dallas and book her place in the last eight.

Naughton took the opening game, before then being forced to come back from 2-1 down, including an 11-0 defeat in the third game, to win by an 11-7, 8-11, 0-11, 11-6, 13-11 scoreline in 51 minutes.

“It was an interesting match the whole way through,” said 24-year-old Naughton.

“It was quite up and down. I think sometimes you just have to win ugly and after that third game – it couldn’t really get worse from there – so, you need to get out there and get stuck in and play squash. Stop thinking about making everything perfect and just win ugly and fight and play my game.

“I think it’s great. It’s my first time here, I haven’t played Texas before, it’s great to have more of these bronze, silver and gold level tournaments, especially with the change of draw sizes – it really makes it more crucial to take advantages of the opportunities at this level and kick on to get those points for my ranking. I’m super happy to get to another win and get to another quarter-finals of a 50k this year.”

Elsewhere, United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy took just 23 minutes to defeat the Czech Republic’s Anna Serme by an 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 scoreline. She will now face Egypt’s Nadine Shahin for a place in the semi-finals after the Egyptian defeated United States’ Haley Mendez, 4-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-2.

You can follow the live scores from the tournament here.

Results: Round Two (Bottom-half)
Olivia Fiechter (USA) bt [3] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1: 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6 (54m)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [8] Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 8-11, 0-11, 11-6, 13-11 (51m)
[5] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-1: 4-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-2 (35m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (23m)

Draw: Quarter-finals – To be played March 29
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [7] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [4] Victoria Lust (ENG)
Olivia Fiechter (USA) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)
[5] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v [2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)

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