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Joelle King on her way to victory over Tesni Evans

Manchester Open - Final: As It Happens

The Manchester Open final take place today at the National Squash Centre as Wales’ Tesni Evans and New Zealand’s Joelle King go head-to-head, the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player and multiple broadcasters around the world.

Action starts at 19:00 local time (UTC+1) when the two players take to court. Evans enjoyed a huge scalp over top seed and Egypt’s World No.3 Nour El Tayeb yesterday as she battled back from 2-0 down to reach her biggest PSA final.

Meanwhile King was in dominant form against United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in a high-quality battle between the two top ten players.

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King Claims Manchester Open Title

New Zealand’s World No.5 Joelle King claimed the inaugural Manchester Open trophy after a dominant display against Wales’ World No.9 Tesni Evans at the National Squash Centre.

The two players had a tight head-to-head record going into the final, with King narrowly holding the edge over her Welsh opponent and the 30-year-old Kiwi ensured that she kept her advantage with a confident display in Manchester.

The Kiwi, who has only dropped a game all week, continued her impressive performances as she took a tight first-game, before powering to the finish line by an 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 scoreline.

Evans had gone through two epic five-game battles in the last two days, including coming from 2-0 down against World No.3 Nour El Tayeb, but was unable to back that up tonight as King executed her game plan well and dominated to take the women’s only title.


“I’m over the moon,” said the 30-year-old New Zealander following her win.

“But, it’s bittersweet. Someone had to lose tonight, but she can hold her head up high after what she has achieved this week. She has a few years on me yet, so I’m sure that she will be back stronger.

“She has showed all week that she never gives up, she came from 2-0 down against the World No.3, so I came out in the third like it was the first and never slowed down and I came out on the right side tonight.

“It’s special to win any event, coming off Hong Kong it has been a long time in between, but it makes it even more special when it is the first women’s only event here. I have to say a huge thank you to Manchester for holding this event in partnership with PSA and all the volunteers and spectators who have supported us this week.”

Evans added: “After the week I’ve had, she’s definitely someone I didn’t want to play,”

“I’m obviously disappointed that I couldn’t put up a big enough fight, but she was just too good. She was on everything early and when you’ve had some tough matches under your belt it was tough.

“I just tried to give everything and on reflection, after a disappointing day, I can reflect on it and take a lot of good things from the week I have had.”

Result:
[2] Joelle King (NZL) bt [6] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 (33m)

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