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.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Squash

Malaysia look good to reach q-finals in world meet
Asian runners-up lead charge to world women’s meet
Penang lass bravely soldiers on in spite of four knee ops
Ivan, Aifa find Egyptians too hot to handle
Ivan gets another big scalp as Aifa storms into third round
KL Intl Junior meet makes grand return
Ivan breaks first-round jinx with win over Farkas in Hong Kong
Luck of the draw not in Eain Yow’s favour
Rachel can walk tall despite going down to Gilis
World No. 26 is sole homester in the semi-finals

Others Also Read