As we reach the end of another season, the PSA’s Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans.
This season, for the first time in her career, Wales’ Tesni Evans breached the top ten of the World Rankings, a group she stayed in to finish the season at.
The Welsh No.1 finished the 2018-2019 campaign as the World No.9, having reached that mark for the first time in November, and she couldn’t be happier with her achievement.
“It feels pretty amazing to be a top 10 player,” Evans admitted.
“[It was] always was a massive goal for me to achieve, right from when I first went professional and feels so good to have gotten there!”
To go along with a new career-high World Ranking, Evans believes that she has played some of her best squash to date over the course of the campaign.
Evans at the World Championships in Chicago
“I feel I have played pretty well this year, probably my best squash to date,” she said.
“I have really enjoyed competing this year and really happy with how I played and performed!”
The Welshwoman picked out the Manchester Open as her best performance of the year. The inaugural stand-alone women’s Silver event took place in May ahead of the British Open.
Evans made it all the way through to the final of the event, where she lost out to New Zealander, and good friend, Joelle King. Her performances en route to the final are what she remembers fondly.
“My best performance was probably at the recent Manchester Open,” the Welsh No.1 added.
“Beating SJ [Sarah-Jane Perry] in the quarters was a big tough match and then onto Nour El Tayeb which is probably my best performance of the season, because for me, I had had a tough match the day before and come back from 2-0 down and really believed in myself to get the win!”
Evans (right) and Perry (left) in action
For Evans, the off-season is key in her preparation for the start of the 2018-2019 season, so she is ready to go come September.
“Take some time off, rest for a short time and get myself ready to get stuck in to some really good off season physical work,” Evans explained.
“It’s a big summer this year for me so I really need to make sure I can do everything needed to start again in September!”
The Welshwoman’s main goals are clear. She wants to move herself even further up the World Rankings to help with draws for major tournaments.
“My main goal is to break the top 8, I have been at 10 and 9 for a bit now so would love to make it somewhere inside there,” she stated.
“It makes such a difference in draws and everything so that’s what I would like to achieve first, and hopefully enjoy another season on the PSA World Tour!”
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson reviews his campaign.