R2 : Tesni 3-1 Zeina

Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-1 Zeina Mickawy (Egy) 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 (32m)

Those two had some hard and tough battles over the years, ending like 12/10 in the 5th, and today looked about the same flavour, as Zeina – with the support of her two coaches (Ahmed Shohayeb Vito, and Engy Kheirallah), took the game to her opponent, wining the opener in 7m 11/7.

A good response from the Welsh – who is about to be married in NZ at the end of the year with a lovely engineer from New Zealand, called Ben – in the second and third, 11/6, 11/7. Some good rallies in those two games, with the fourth being a bit more one-sided.

We are a sort of players, when we play, it’s always going to be very close. She is really difficult to play. Because there is no pattern, or maybe she is playing to a pattern, I just cannot see it. It’s horrible to play, and very nice to watch!

And she is firing it short from everywhere, but she is such a fair player, I really enjoyed the match, I’m not saying that because I won. She makes it very enjoyable.

She came out really hard, but after that I think she maybe got a little bit tired. I wasn’t too bothered I lost the first game, because she run a lot in it, and I got some errors from her towards the end.

Yes, I’m pretty happy in my life at the moment, I had two difficult years after my mum passed away, and it shows in my squash. I’ve been seeing someone that is really helping with my struggles, and I feel happy and it’s helping my squash. I just hope I’ll keep it going through the summer.