Wil­liams on hot streak

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa squash player Evan Wil­liams has con­tin­ued his win­ning ways, claim­ing his sec­ond pro­fes­sional tour­na­ment victory in a mat­ter of weeks.

Early in May, Wil­liams swept away the top seeds to take the Waikato Golden Ju­bilee Open in Hamil­ton and he repli­cated that form at the South Aus­tralian Open in Ade­laide from May 13-17.

Seeded fifth, Wil­liams won his open­ing round match in four games, and his op­po­nent in round two, Tim Cow­ell, from Australia, re­tired in the third game with Wil­liams hav­ing al­ready won the first two.

Wil­liams faced a stiff test in his quar­ter­fi­nal, against Australia’s Rhys Dowl­ing, the fourth seed who is ranked 171 in the world.

Although the New Zealan­der won the first two games com­fort­ably, Dowl­ing fought back to take the next two. Wil­liams found his groove in the fifth to win it 11-3.

Top seed Dane Sharp, from Canada, was given a squash les­son in the semi- fi­nal, thrashed 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 by Wil­liams in just 25 min­utes. Sec­ond seed James Huang, from Taipei, was then dis­patched 11-7, 11-9, 12-1- in the fi­nal.

It was sweet re­venge for Wil­liams, who lost to Huang in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Open in Dar­win the week be­fore.

Wil­liams’ rank­ing con­tin­ues to rise steadily and he sits at 183. This form – he made a come­back this year af­ter most of 2014 was ru­ined by in­jury – sug­gests he’ll be back in­side the top 100 soon and a real threat at the New Zealand cham­pi­onships in Christchurch in Au­gust.

Evan Wil­liams has re­turned to top form af­ter a se­ri­ous wrist in­jury.

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