Wales’ World No.9 Tesni Evans will head to Cairo, Egypt this week for the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals as she gets set to compete at the tournament for the first time in her career.
The iconic event will take place at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo from June 9-14 when the top eight women and men on the PSA World Tour Finals leaderboard battle it out for the prestigious title and the lucrative $320,000 prize fund.
World No.9 Evans has enjoyed her best season to date, defending her British Nationals title and also reaching the semi-finals of the U.S. Open and her biggest PSA final to date at the Manchester Open and the Welshwoman is now hoping to end the season on a high.
“I’m really happy with my season and how it’s gone,” said the 26-year-old.
“I feel like I have probably played my best squash to date, so I’m happy all around. I’m really looking forward to the World Tour Finals, I haven’t made it before, so it will be a new and exciting experience for me. I’m normally sat at home watching, so it will be so nice to be able to play myself and experience the tournament.”
Players will compete in group stages between June 9-12 which are held under a best-of-three games format, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout semi-finals and beyond. The finals revert to the traditional best of five scoring.
Evans has been drawn in group A along with World No.1 Raneem El Welily, France’s World No.3 Camille Serme and New Zealand’s World No.5 Joelle King and the Welshwoman admitted that she needs to be ready from the first point against such tough opponents.
“Obviously it’s going to be a big challenge. There are no easy matches and no matches to get you into the tournament, I’m going to have to be ready from the first rally in the first match.
“They are all great players who have had great seasons and are in good form, so all of them are going to be tough. There are no easy matches at all, so I’m looking forward to having a real good go.”
World No.9 Evans is the lowest ranked female player at the World Tour Finals, but she has already caused numerous upsets throughout the season, including most recently when she came from 2-0 down against then-World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals of the Manchester Open and the Welshwoman is aiming for a repeat performance in Cairo.
“I am coming into this event as the lowest ranked player, so for me it’s about really performing well and giving it everything I’ve got and hopefully I'll come out of the event with some wins. But as well as that, I want to enjoy myself in this great event.”
The group stages begin on Sunday June 9 at 19:00 (GMT+2) with El Welily and Evans getting the action under way. Six matches will be played per night for the first four days of the event until the group stages have drawn to a close.
Group stage matches will take place at 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30 between June 9-12. The semi-finals will be held at 19:00 on Thursday June 13.
The finals will begin at 19:30 on Friday June 14.
Every match from the tournament will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only), ON Sport (Egypt) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.