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Defending champion Evans pulls out of AJ Bell British National Championships

Jack Flintham reports

Defending champion and second seed Tesni Evans has withdrawn from the AJ Bell British National Championships in Nottingham next week due to injury.

The two-time British National champion who hails from Wales sustained an ankle injury at the Tournament of Champions in New York last month and had hoped to defend her British National crown for the second consecutive year at the University of Nottingham Sport.

The World No.9 said:

“I’m really gutted to have to pull out of the Nationals and not be able to defend my title this year.

“The Nationals is always one of my favourite events to play in so I’m really disappointed but I’m working hard to be back as soon as possible!”

Her withdrawal means that four-time champion Alison Waters moves to number two seed, Millie Tomlinson to 3/4 seed, Jasmine Hutton to 5/8 and that Kace Bartley is granted a main draw berth.

Revised main draw - AJ Bell British National Championships 2020: Women’s Round 1

[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) v Qualifier
[5/8] Julianne Courtice (Eng) v Rachael Chadwick (Eng)
[5/8] Lucy Turmel (Eng) v Qualifier
[3/4] Millie Tomlinson (Eng) v Kace Bartley (Eng)
[3/4] Victoria Lust (Eng) v Alison Thomson (Sco)
[5/8] Emily Whitlock (Eng) v Anna Kimberley (Eng)
[5/8] Jasmine Hutton (Eng) v Qualifier
[2] Alison Waters (Eng) v Qualifier

Follow live action from the tournament from 13-16 February via englandsquash.tv (requires free England Squash website account). For tickets visit iSQUASHstore.com