Rachel’s fine run comes to an end

PETALING JAYA: Rachel Arnold’s (pic) spirited run at the Egyptian Open was halted by Tesni Evans of Wales in the last 16 in Cairo.

The Malaysian had beaten Evans at the same stage in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month to reach the quarter-finals but Evans managed to turn it around at the Sodic Club in Giza on Wednesday.

The world No. 18 Evans secured a 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 win in 41 minutes and admitted that she was worried about a repeat of Birmingham following Rachel’s positive start.

“She (Rachel) started really well and was firing it in and I was thinking ‘oh not again!’, so I really had to tighten up a lot, hit straight lines and make it hard for her to win rallies,” Evans told www.psaworldtour.com.

“I’m really happy I managed to turn it around after the first game.”

Rachel, the world No 34, had stunned world No. 7 Rowan Elaraby of Egypt in the second round on Tuesday.

She will be playing at the Oracle Netsuite Open in San Francisco from Sept 30-Oct 4 and the US Open from Oct 8-15.

Despite her defeat in the last 16, Rachel should see her world ranking improve further and get closer to objective of breaking into top 30 this year.

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