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Emyr Evans (red) in his semi-final clash in Le Reve

PSA Challenger Le Reve: Evans and Wilhelmi To Face Off in Final

The top two seeds of the tournament will face off in the final at the PSA Challenger Le Reve, with Welshman Emyr Evans and Switzerland’s Yannick Wilhelmi as the last two men standing.

Evans had to battle his way through the second day of the Challenger 3 level tournament, needing to go the distance, and winning in five games in both his quarter final and semi-final contests.

The Welshman, who recently moved inside the world’s top 100 and is the tournament’s top seed, had to withstand a possible fight back from Yuri Furneti. The Italian No.1 won the fourth game to level the contest, but Evans regrouped to win the fifth and move through to the semis.

He faced off against Edwin Clain in the last four, after the Frenchman has dispatched compatriot Rohan Mandil in his quarter final contest, and this time, the Welshman had to fight back from 2-1 down. Evans managed it, winning the last two games 11-9, 11-6, to book his place in Sunday’s final.

He will face Yannick Wilhelmi in the final, after the Swiss player came through both of his matches on Saturday in straight games. He got the better of No.8 seed Joshua Phinera in the last eight, before overcoming another Frenchman in Toufik Mekhalfi, the No.4 seed, in the semi-finals.

You can watch the final on the Squash du Reve YouTube channel, right here.

Quarter Final Results: PSA Challenger Le Reve
[1] Emyr Evans (WAL) bt [5] Yuri Furneti (ITA) 3-2: 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7
[3] Edwin Clain (FRA) bt Rohan Mandil (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5
[4] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [6] Ondrej Vorlicek (CZE) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-5
[2] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [8] Joshua Phinera (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-9

Semi-Final Results: PSA Challenger Le Reve
[1] Emyr Evans (WAL) bt [3] Edwin Clain (FRA) 3-2: 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6
[2] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [4] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) 3-0: 14-12, 11-4, 11-2

Final Draw: To Be Played Sunday, January 30
[1] Emyr Evans (WAL) v [2] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI)

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