Squash: Kiwi Joelle King beaten at British Open in Hull

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist has lost her second-round match in Hull.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist has lost her second-round match in Hull. Photo credit: Photosport

New Zealand squash number one Joelle King was beaten in the second round of the prestigious British Open in Hull on Friday morning (NZ time).

King, ranked fourth in the world, had no answer for Welsh player Tesni Evans, who was in top form to reach her first quarter-final.

Going into the match, Evans had never beaten the Commonwealth Games gold medallist on the PSA World Tour, but the Welshwoman played the big points well to put King on the back foot throughout the encounter.

As a result, the 29-year-old struggled to find her accuracy and Evans pulled away to take an 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 victory in 39 minutes.

"We have played so many times in practice, not so much on the PSA World Tour but in practice we have, and we both know each other so well, so it was just going to be a case of who did it better today," said Evans after the match.

"Fortunately, I did that but it was not an easy match at all, she is a very good friend of mine, but someone had to win today."

 Meanwhile, top Kiwi male Paul Coll will play his quarter-final in the men's singles on Saturday morning (NZ time) against the top seed, world no 1 and current world champion Mohamed El Shorbagy of Egypt.

The last time they played was in February 2017 in the first round of the Windy City Open, where El Shorbagy won in five games.

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