Tesni And Peter Strike Gold In Welsh Championships

Peter Creed and Tesni Evans warmed up for the Commonwealth Games next month by winning Welsh squash titles.

The Welsh team set out for the Gold Coast in Australia this Friday for next month’s Games.

Caerphilly-born Creed, who plays out of the Rhiwbina club, won in straight games against Emyr Evans in the men’s final and became Welsh champion for the eighth time.

Mike Workman (centre) is Welsh team leader for the Commonwealth Games. He is joined by Tesni Ev and and Peter Creed in this photograph.

He came through four matches to become champion, beating David Rees-Godfrey 11-0, 11-9, 11-6, George Thomas 11-4, 11-3, 11-5, David Hayley 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 and Evans 11-4, 11-8, 11-8.

Cardiff-born Tesni, Emyr’s sister, earned her sixth Welsh crown, beating Barry’s Deon Saffery 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 in the final at Wales National Sports Centre, Cardiff.

Tens defeated Ali Hemingway 11-3, 11-9, 11-0 in the semi-finals, while Saffery qualified for the final by winning 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 against Lowri Roberts.

A seven-strong Wales team travels to Australia for the Commonwealth Games. Creed, Joel Makin, David Evans, Tesni Evans and Saffery are the five players. David Evans will play doubles and is also team coach, while Mike Workman is team leader.

Welsh Closed men’s E Champion Lewys Audsley pictured with David Evans and Andrew Evans.

Roy Ginge11, one of the leading referees in World squash, represents Squash Wales and will officiate during the tournament.

Makin, from Pembrokeshire, missed the Welsh Championships because of an injury, but is close to fitness and is due to play in a tournament this week before flying out with the Welsh team on Friday.

Making is seeded at number 11 for the Commonwealth singles and has been drawn against Sailesh Pala (Fiji) in the first round.

Creed is 15th seed for the squash singles title in the Games and has been drawn against Lewis Walters (Jamaica) in his first round match.

Saffery plays Madina Zafar (Pakistan) in a qualifier and the winner of that tie goes on to face second seed Joelle King (New Zealand).

Tesni Evans has been drawn against Taylor Fernandes (Guyana) in the first round.

England are seeded to win men’s and women’s singles golds at the Games.

Men’s D Champion Andrew Kettlewell and runner-up Joshua Audsley pictured with David Evans and Andrew Evans.

Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro are top seeds based on the March PSA rankings.

Matthew is bidding for a third successive gold in his final season as a professional. The 37-year-old former World number one from Sheffield, a three-time World Champion, reached the semi-finals in his first appearance at the Games during 2006 in Melbourne before striking gold in 2010 (Delhi) and 2014 (Glasgow).

Squash is celebrating a sixth appearance in the Commonwealth Games since making a debut in 1998 in Malaysia.

Men’s and women’s singles matches be played at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 5 to April 9, followed by the men’s, women’s and mixed Doubles events from 10-15 April.

Players from 28 nations compete in the two singles competitions.

Welsh Closed National Championships, results of finals: 

Men’s A/B: Peter Creed beat Emyr Evans 11-4, 11-8, 11-8.

Men’s A/B third/fourth place: David Hayley beat Elliott Devred-Morris 11-6, 11-4, 11-7.

Men’s C: Gareth Pitt beat Paul Atkinson 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4.

Men’s D: Andrew Kettlewell beat Joshua Audley 13-11, 11-9, 13-11.

Men’s E: Lewys Audley beat Gearing Hodge, walkover.

Women’s A/B: Tesni Evans beat Deon Saffery 11-5, 11-2, 11-5.

Women’s A/B third/fourth place: Lowri Roberts beat Ali Hemingway 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4.

Women’s C champion: Sarah Clode.

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