Evans coasts to squash victory
26 July 2002
Thirteenth seed David Evans coasted into the second round of the men’s singles.
The former world No 3 and 2000 British Open champion comfortably beat Lesotho’s B K Taoana 9-0, 9-1, 9-1 in the pick of the games from the second session on Friday evening.
Evans is now on course to repeat his quarter-final showdown against world No 2 Jonathon Power (CAN). The Pontypool player lost to the Canadian at the same stage of this competition four years ago in Kuala Lumpur.
Evans was joined in the last 32 by the 12th-seeded Australian Paul Price, who won 9-0, 9-3, 9-0 against Derek Hunter from Papua New Guinea.
Price now faces Pakistan’s Shamsul Islam Khan in Saturday’s second round after Khan beat St Lucia’s Charles Sonson 9-4, 9-4, 9-0.
Welshman Scott Fitzgerald battled to win his opening game 9-7 against the hard-working Zimbabwean Jesse Engelbrecht, before clinching a win with the loss of just two further points. He now faces Pakistan’s Mansoor Zaman on Saturday.
Malaysia’s Mohd Azlan Iskandar faces a tricky second-round match against world No 10 and eighth seed Lee Beachill (ENG), after overcoming Guyana’s Garfield Wiltshire 9-0, 9-1, 9-2 in a one-sided affair.
Jersey’s Michael Hopkins eased past Lesotho’s Lentsoe Monnapula 9-1, 9-3, 9-2, but now faces the daunting task of a second-round contest against the in-form Power, who had a bye on Friday.
Zambia’s Patrick Chifunda was pushed all the way by Kelvin Ho (MAS) before winning a 67-minute marathon 5-9, 9-7, 9-3, 4-9, 9-2. He now faces Shahid Zaman Khan (PAK), who beat Bermuda’s Thomas Sherratt in three games.
Northern Ireland’s Steve Richardson beat Guyana’s Luke Fraser in four games and now meets England’s world No 7 Mark Chaloner, the gold medallist in the men’s doubles at Kuala Lumpur four years ago.
Guernsey’s Chris Simpson beat Sri Lanka’s Navin Harish Samarasinghe 9-6, 9-3, 9-1 to set up a duel with the world No 4 Stewart Boswell (AUS).
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