USA No.2 Olivia Blatchford Clyne secured a last 16 place at New York’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after her opponent, World No.9 Tesni Evans, was forced to retire early in the match due to injury.
The two players had not faced each other since 2013 and with home hopes resting heavily on the shoulders of World No.17 Blatchford Clyne and she started well to take a 7-4 lead before Evans rolled her ankle and was forced into a 15-minute injury break.
Unfortunately for the Welshwoman she was not able to return to court with Evans forced to retire early from the match.
Tesni Evans receives treatment after rolling her ankle
Blatchford Clyne will face either defending champion and World No.2 Nour El Sherbini or Netherlands’ Milou van der Heijden in the next round.
“It’s awful, I’m very blessed that I’ve never had that happen to me,” said Blatchford Clyne afterwards.
“Unfortunately, I have had matches where that has happened and it’s horrific. Sport is sport and you never know when these things are going to happen, but it’s really unfortunate because I felt like I prepared well for this and I went back home yesterday just to get ready for it. I had a proper brief and we said this is how we are going to go about this because the standard that Tesni plays is so high and requires science.
“I’m sure she’s heartbroken and I’m heartbroken for her. I’m also gutted I didn’t get to do it, but I just hope that she’s able to recover as quickly as possible. She’s a really tough entertaining cookie and I’m sure she will be back soon.
“I grew up watching this tournament every year and I used to sit in E23, E24 with my dad every year and it’s great to be able to play here again. It’s home sweet home for me, I know what it’s like to sit in those bleachers.”
Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt  Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 7-4 retired (17m)