Squash: Joelle King wins Manchester Open with straight games final win

Joelle King in action.
Joelle King in action. Photo credit: Photosport

New Zealand squash queen Joelle King has won the Manchester Open, thrashing Welsh opponent Tesni Evans.

King took just 33 minutes to secure victory in the final, coasting to a 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 win.

For world number five King, the victory was sweet, leading into the prestigious British Open in just over a week.

She will now carry plenty of confidence in her game and ability to dominate the front of the court.

The first game of the final was point for point, until 8-8, when King reeled off the next three points to take the first set 11-8 in 11 minutes.

In the second game, there was no stopping the 30-year-old, who won the first four points, taking the frame in just seven minutes.

The third game again saw King dominate, never looking in trouble, as she made quick work of the set and match.

"I'm over the moon, but it's bittersweet," said King following her win. "Someone had to lose tonight, but she can hold her head up high, after what she has achieved this week.

"[Evans] has a few years on me yet, so I'm sure that she will be back stronger.

"She has showed all week that she never gives up, she came from 2-0 down against the world number three, so I came out in the third like it was the first and never slowed down. I came out on the right side tonight.

"It's special to win any event, coming off Hong Kong [late last year], it has been a long time in between."

The Manchester title was King's 13th in her 25th PSA final.