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European Individual Championships
26-29 May 2010, Saarbrucken, Germany


[1] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) bt [3/4] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
          11/8, 11/5, 9/11, 10/12, 11/5
[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
           11/5, 11/2 rtd

Camille Serme
(Fra) bt Tania Bailey (Eng)             11/6, 11/8, 11/9
Olli Tuominen (Fin) bt Mark Krajcsak (Hun)  10/12, 11/7, 11/4, 11/5

Duncalf wins back EICC crown,
Lincou retains men's title ...

The women's final was a matchup between two former winners of this title, but in the event it was England's Jenny Duncalf who secured a third title with a hard-fought win over Vanessa Atkinson.

The Englishwoman looked in control in the first two games, but Atkinson struck back to take the third, then came from 7-9 down in the fourth, levelling the match on her second game ball opportunity.

Duncalf took a quick 4-1 start in the decider, but although Atkinson managed to get as close as 5-3 Duncalf stretched away again, earning some measure of revenge for her defeat to the Dutchwoman in the European Teams, and becoming champion of Europe.

The men's final was a bit of a disappointment, with top seed Gregory Gaultier clearly struggling with the injury he picked up yesterday. Although a hospital visit confirmed it was just bruising on his ankle, after competing for a few points in the first game it quickly became clear that the five-time champion would not be able to mount a serious challenge.

Lincou closed out the first, took the second at a canter at which point Gaultier offered his hand.

Men's Draw

Women's Draw

Event History

European Individual Champs 2010 - Men's Draw
full results including playoffs

Round One
Wed 26th
Round Two
Thu 27th
Thu 27th
Fri 28th
Sat 29th
[1] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/5, 11/9, 11/6
Marek Manik (Svk)
[1] Gregory Gaultier
11/3, 11/5, 10/12, 11/6
[9/16] Davide Bianchetti
[1] Gregory Gaultier

11/7, 11/3, 11/6

[5/8] Nicolas Müller

[1] Gregory Gaultier

11/5, 11/9, 11/7

[9/16] Mark Krajcsak

[1] Gregory Gaultier


11/5, 11/2 rtd


[2] Thierry Lincou

[9/16] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
6/11, 11/8, 5/11, 11/9, 11/6
Raphael Kandra (Ger)
[9/16] Jens Schoor (Ger)
 11/13, 11/7, 5/11, 11/6, 11/8
Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
Aqeel Rehman
11/9, 11/7, 1/11, 11/7
[5/8] Nicolas Müller
[5/8] Nicolas Müller (Sui)
11/9, 11/2, 11/7
Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
[5/8] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11/2, 11/4, 11/2
Mark Burke (Bel)
[5/8] Renan Lavigne
11/6, 6/11, 11/6, 2/11, 11/7
[9/16] Mark Krajcsak
[9/16] Mark Krajcsak

11/9, 11/4, 11/7

[9/16] Grégoire Marche

[9/16] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/5, 11/3, 11/7
Alexei Severinov (Rus)
[9/16] Grégoire Marche (Fra)
11/0, 11/7, 11/4
Alejandro Garbi (Esp)
[9/16] Grégoire Marche
11/3, 3/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5
[3/4] Jonathan Kemp
[3/4] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
11/4, 11/5, 11/6
Pavel Sladecek (Cze)
Carsten Schoor (Ger)
11/2, 11/3, 11/9
[3/4] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
[3/4] Laurens Jan Anjema
11/4, 11/8, 14/12
[9/16] Adrian Waller
[3/4] Laurens Jan Anjema

8/11, 11/5, 11/7, 11/8

[5/8] Olli Tuominen

[5/8] Olli Tuominen

12/10, 11/9, 11/2

[2] Thierry Lincou

Petr Martin (Cze)
11/5, 11/8, 11/9
[9/16] Adrian Waller (Eng)
Andre Haschker (Ger)
12/10, 11/7, 11/7
[9/16] Stéphane Galifi (Ita)
[9/16] Stéphane Galifi
11/9, 11/2, 5/11, 11/6
[5/8] Olli Tuominen
Bart Ravelli (Ned)
11/4, 11/7, 11/6
[5/8] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
Kostiantyn Rybalchenko (Ukr)
11/6, 11/2, 11/4
[5/8] Simon Rösner (Ger)
[5/8] Simon Rösner
11/6, 11/6, 9/11, 11/7
[9/16] Piedro Schweertman
[5/8] Simon Rösner

11/5, 14/12, 11/9

[2] Thierry Lincou

Tomas Toth (Svk)
11/8, 11/9, 11/8
[9/16] Piedro Schweertman (Ned)
Jakob Dirnberger (Aut)
5/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/6
[9/16] Joel Hinds (Eng)
[9/16] Joel Hinds
11/13, 11/7, 11/6, 11/3
 [2] Thierry Lincou
Rudi Rohrmüller (Ger)
7/11, 1/2, 11/8, 11/8
[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra)

Qualifying, Wed 26th:
Q1:  Marek Manik (Svk) bt Marcel Kramer (Lux)             11/4, 11/4, 11/6
Q2:  Mark Burke (Bel) bt Rusian Sorochiniskiy (Ukr)       11/8, 11/8, 11/6
Q3:  Pavel Sladecek (Cze) bt Wojtek Nowisz (Pol)           11/7, 11/8, 11/5
Q4:  Carsten Schoor (Ger) bt Valeriy Fedoruk (Ukr)        11/6, 14/12, 11/5
Q5:  Bart Ravelli (Ned) bt Rozle Langus (Slo)                  11/7, 11/8, 11/4
Q6:  Rudi Rohrmüller (Ger) bt Denis Podvornyi (Ukr)       11/1, 11/2, 11/3

European Individual Champs 2010 - Women's Draw
full results including playoffs

Round One
Wed 26th
Round Two
Thu 27th
Thu 27th
Fri 28th
Sat 29th
[1] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
[1] Jenny Duncalf
11/7, 11/5, 11/6
[9/16] Coline Aumard
[1] Jenny Duncalf

11/0, 11/2, 11/2

[5/8] Orla Noom

[1] Jenny Duncalf

11/2, 11/9, 12/10

[5/8] Tania Bailey

[1] Jenny Duncalf 


 11/8, 11/5, 9/11, 10/12, 11/5


[3/4] Vanessa Atkinson

[9/16] Coline Aumard (Fra)
Nikoleta Pozidi (Gre)
[9/16] Linda Hruzikova (Svk)
11/5, 11/8, 11/6
Edina Szombati (Hun)
[9/16] Linda Hruzikova
8/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/8
[5/8] Orla Noom
[5/8] Orla Noom (Ned)
11/4, 11/9, 11/4
Anna Jurkun (Pol)
[5/8] Tania Bailey (Eng)
11/1, 11/6, 11/9
Sandra Denis (Lux)
[5/8] Tania Bailey
11/1, 11/2, 11/3
Franziska Hennes
[5/8] Tania Bailey

11/8, 11/7, 11/0

[3/4] Isabelle Stoehr

[9/16] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
7/11, 11/5, 11/9, 4/11, 11/8
Franziska Hennes (Ger)
[9/16] Gaby Schmol (Sui)
11/5, 11/3, 11/8
Veronika Koukalova (Cze)
[9/16] Gaby Schmol
11/9, 12/10, 11/7
[3/4] Isabelle Stoehr
[3/4] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11/3, 11/1, 11/4
Dominika Witkowska (Pol)
Margaux Moros (Esp)
11/8, 11/7, 11/6
[3/4] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
[3/4] Vanessa Atkinson
11/3, 11/7, 11/6
Cyrielle Peltier
[3/4] Vanessa Atkinson

11/9, 11/8, 11/8

[5/8] Dominique Lloyd-Walter

[3/4] Vanessa Atkinson

6/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/4

[2] Camille Serme

Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
11/4, 11/8, 11/13, 11/3
[9/16] Anna-Carin Forstadius (Swe)
Pamela Hathaway (Ger)
11/7, 8/11, 11/6, 6/11, 11/7
[9/16] Manuela Manetta (Ita)
[9/16] Manuela Manetta
11/5, 11/3, 11/3
[5/8] Dominique Lloyd-Walter
Josipa Persun (Cro)
11/3, 11/0, 11/2
[5/8] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
Eliza Kargioti (Gre)
[5/8] Annelize Naudé (Ned)
[5/8] Annelize Naudé
5/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/8
[9/16] Sina Wall
[5/8] Annelize Naudé

13/11, 11/4, 11/4

[2] Camille Serme

Ineta Mackevica (Lat)
11/4, 11/4, 11/4
[9/16] Sina Wall (Ger)
Szilvia Szombati (Hun)
11/6, 11/8, 11/7
[9/16] Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
[9/16] Milou Van Der Heijden
13/11, 11/1, 11/3
[2] Camille Serme
[2] Camille Serme (Fra)



Jenny Duncalf
3-0 Tania Bailey                       11/2, 11/9, 12/10
Vanessa Atkinson 3-1 Camille Serme       6/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/4

Gregory Gaultier 3-0 Mark Krajcsak                 11/5, 11/9, 11/7
Thierry Lincou 3-0 Olli Tuominen                    12/10, 11/9, 11/2

Atkinson Gatecrashes European Final

Dutch champion Vanessa Atkinson dashed Camille Serme's hopes of reaching the women's European Individual Squash Championship final for the first time when she upset the second seed in the semi-finals of the 10th staging of the European Squash Federation event at the Tennis & Squash Centre in Saarbrucken, Germany.

Former champion Atkinson, a 3/4 seed but a finalist in both her previous appearances in the championships, recovered from a game down to overcome the fast-rising French star 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-4.

Atkinson, the world champion in 2004 and European champion the following year, lost to Serme in the qualifying rounds in last month's European Team Championships in France – but came back to beat the 21-year-old world No10 in the final to lead Netherlands to a first-time title triumph in the event.

The 34-year-old from The Hague, but now based in the UK, will face Jenny Duncalf, the top seed who is also celebrating her third successive appearance in the final.

Duncalf, the world No2 from Harrogate and champion in 2006 and 2007, prevailed in an all-English clash with Tania Bailey, beating the 5/8 seed 11-2, 11-9, 12-10.

The men's climax promises a mouth-watering all-French clash – and a repeat of the last two years' finals – between top seed Gregory Gaultier and defending champion Thierry Lincou.

The Gallic duo have been fierce rivals throughout their careers – and their tournament head-to-head tally is delicately poised on 11 wins apiece as they prepare to do battle for the 2010 European crown!

Gaultier, the five-time champion from Aix-en-Provence, reached the final for the seventh successive year when he beat Hungary's 9/16 seed Mark Krajcsak 11-5, 11-5, 11-7.

Lincou, the former world champion from Marseille who is looking for his second European title, fought off 'Flying Finn' Olli Tuominen, defeating the 5/8 seed from Helsinki 12-10, 11-9, 11-2.

28-May, Day Three
French looking strong,
but Olli and Krajcsak join the party!

Last night in Saarbrucken Gregory Gaultier and Thierry Lincou moved one step closer to their expected final showdown tomorrow evening.
In what would be a re-run of the previous two finals, the two top seeds overcame the home challenge of Simon Rosner and Nicolas Muller from Switzerland. Greg looking very impressive in his 3-0 win over the young Swiss, who I’m sure will be back in the future and go further. But yesterday was about the top seed, who overcame an injury scare to move through to the last four.

In his way will not be the expected Englishman of Jon Kemp, who lost in the early session or even the young Frenchman Greg Marche, who took out the 3-4 seed. In fact it will be a Hungarian: Mark Krajcsak, who had outlasted Lavigne in a tough five sets in the early session, then overcame his younger French opponent to take his place in the last four for the first time. This turned out to be a good month for Hungarian Squash, with the Under 15 Team winning the silver medal at the recent European Junior Championships.

In what will be a bizarre twist, Gaultier will be in Budapest next week for a short break and a few exhibitions with the Hungarian Champion!

Defending Champion Lincou, ended the spirited home interest when beating Simon Rosner, in the last match of the evening. He will now face Olli Tuominen, from Finland who put out the other 3-4 seed, Laurens Jan Anjema from the Netherlands. The match was hard and fast and although Olli played really well, it was also clear that LJ was struggling with an injury. He had arrived here with a hip problem, but to his immense credit, he made Olli work very hard and kept fighting right to the end, before the Finn came through in a tough 4 sets. four

In the Women’s, three of the top four seeds have reached the semi-finals, with only Tania Bailey from England gatecrashing the last four. There she will meet countrywoman and top seed Jenny Duncalf, this giving England a finalist and one medal for sure. They have met 8 times before with Jenny having a 5-3 lead, but Tania will be hoping to put her injuries behind her and keep the season alive for a little longer.

The other semi-final will see France and the Netherlands continue their battle for European Titles. At the start of this month, Vanessa Atkinson was part of the Dutch Team that ended England’s complete domination of the Women’s Team Title. In that event she played French No.1, Camille Serme twice. Vanessa lost the group match, but got her revenge in the Final, on the way to helping the Dutch lift their first title.

The first match was played on traditional courts, with the Final played on the same glass court as in Aix, will that be an important factor?


27-May, Day Two
The longest Day ...
Colin White reports

Today with the schedule having nearly everybody playing two matches, all the players, coaches and officials were faced with the prospect of a very long day!

Yesterday some of the minor seeds went out, but we nearly had a few more, mainly caused by the German players, who seemed to lift their game in front of their home supporters. Raphael Kandra lost 3/2 to Davide Bianchetti and Jens Schoor lost a tight, late night 3/2 against Aqeel Rehman.

In today's Women’s matches, the top 8 seeds all took their place in the Quarter-Finals, with the title to be decided between England, France and Netherlands.

In the Men’s, some of the younger players made a breakthrough on their seeding. Mark Krajcsak, the Hungarian Champion, batted through in five games against France's Renan Lavigne, but Renan's young compatriot Grégoire Marche went one better in taking out a 3/4 seed, Jonathan Kemp from England. The two giant-killers will face off tonight with a place in the Semi-Finals up for grabs.


There was another upset in the first of the women's quarter-finals as Tania Bailey beat 3/4 seed Isabelle Stoehr in straight games. Bailey will meet top seed Jenny Duncalf in an all-English semi-final, while Camille Serme and Vanessa Atkinson contest the bottom-half semi.

In the men's quarter-finals top French pair Gregory Gaultier and Thierry Lincou both won in straight games, and both meet unexpected opposition in the semis.

Hungary's Mark Krajcsak got the better of Greg Marche in the battle of the giant-killers, coming through in straight games to set up a meeting with five-time champion Gaultier, while Olli Touminen scored an upset win over 3/4 seed LJ Anjema, and will meet defending champion Lincou tomorrow night.

ESF Technical Director


Colin White reports

Did I mention a storm yesterday? Well it really hit Saarbrucken in a big way last night, with the hot weather and sunshine now being replaced by rain and clouds. Nice for the English Players to bring their traditional weather with them, I even heard they have organized for there to be plenty of rain in South Africa for the World Cup!

Never mind, at least it's good weather for playing and watching squash.

The Men’s Qualifying got the tournament underway, with Manik (SVK), Sladecek (CZE), Carsten Schoor (GER), who joined his brother in the first round, Ravelli (NED), Rohrmueller (GER) and last but not least, the young man of the group, 40 years old Mark Andrew Burke (BEL), all taking their place against some of the top seeds later tonight.

Home interest was nearly boosted by Pamela Hathway, who lost a tight 3-2 against Manuela Manetta, the 9-16 seed from Italy. Sina Wall did give the home supporters something to cheer, by moving into the second round. Sisters Edina and Szilvia Szombati from Hungary, were unable to get passed their higher ranked opponents, but at least they get time to spend together as Szilvia flies back to the US after the event.

“The calm before the storm” ...
Colin White prepares for the EICC

Players and coaches are arriving as I type. Some are going to the 4 star tournament Hotel, Victor’s, (a place where I shared breakfast with such stars as Boris Becker and Henri Leconte during my technical visit last year) for some relaxation after their short or long journeys, while others have come straight to the club for some practicing and getting the feel of the courts.

The Organising Committee have been hard at work, not only today, but for weeks and months before this event. In the run-up to the EICC 2010, this club has already successfully hosted the Bundesliga Final and only last week hosted a WISPA tournament.

Regarding the event, will anybody be able to break the complete French domination of the Men’s or will we see another battle between Greg and Thierry, and will Greg be able to reclaim his title?

Jon Kemp or LJ might have some say in the matter, but also watch out for the home hope of Simon Rosner and Swiss No.1, Nicolas Muller.

The Women’s will be another tight, battle between England, France and the Netherlands just like the European Teams at the start of the month. Jenny Duncalf is the top seed, but will Vanessa Atkinson be able to add the individual crown to her first ever team title?

The EICC starts in earnest tomorrow, with 22 Nations and the search to find the Men’s and Women’s European Champion for 2010!

ESF Technical Director


When the referees met
the Hell’s Angels!

Last night after returning from the club after 23.30, I found the bar consisted of the tournament referees (as usual! Sorry guys, but it’s true) and a Hell’s Angels group from England.

After a long day I headed for my room, not to sure if the two groups discussed the rules of squash, what was the result and how many conduct strokes were given out!

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