Paderborn Open 2015
15-18 Apr, Germany, $5k
Blatchford (Usa) 3-1  Cyrielle Peltier(Fra)
11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7
Top seed Blatchford wins in Paderborn
In a first-class final match Olivia Blatchford defeated Cyrielle
Peltier by 3: 1.
After a short but quite spectacular
dancing programme by a very junior national winning dancing troup,
the finalists were brought onto the court in great style.
The first half of the dance routine was an American Ballet piece for
Olivia followed by the french can can for Cyrielle. Perhaps a little
unusual for a 5K tournament but the Paderborn Squash Club organisers
are of the opinion that now that the WSA has joined forces the PSA,
tournaments require the same level of presentation as the men. The
players were very impressed with the Paderborn set up and many of
them announced their return next year.
Now to the squash.
Both players started cautiously attempting little risk in the early
stages whereby the pace was crisp and fast. The final few points in
the first went to Blatchford when she hit three nicks in three
rallies to go one up 11/7. The second started in the same way until
Blatchford tinned an attempted drop from the back left hand corner
of the court. Taking a little more time than usual, going to her
serve Peltier must have had a serious talk to her inside-body.
Directly from the serve she slowed the game down almost to snails
pace which completely upset Blatchford’s rhythm. A short tussle for
a couple of points and the slow game went distinctly to Peltier.
The third started good for Peltier until two forced errors let
Blatchford off the hook. Similarly to the match yesterday her drop
shot magic worked again and took the third. Peltier the second seed
had every intension to make the match hers and tried everything in
her shot repertoire. Blatchford seemed to make commanding winners at
the right time keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats, all
biting their nails. Peltier trying to desperately to slow the pace
down while Blatchford kept firing it up continually, forcing the
error factor to grow for Peltier. Finally with 11/7 it was over but
both players gave a magnificent display of high quality squash.
Furios attacking play dashed with deadly slow-play tactics, to
brilliant shot making from both girls.
The Paderborn City marketing manager Mr Bernd Schaefers-Maiwald
commented in his speech that he had witnessed the World Men’s Team
Championships in 2011 and thought the physical effort shown by the
men was outstanding but what he had seen today was simply amazing.
complimented Olivia Blatchford on a great match: "I was being
stretched too much with the pace in the first game and had to change
my tactics to counteract her fierce play. It worked well but sadly
not long enough. Olivia has more than earned the victory, she played
Olivia was full of praise for her opponent too: "Cyrielle has played
an excellent match and kept trying to break my game. I do not like
to play slowly, so I had to attack. Luckily I managed to do what I
set to do.. "
At the end of her speech, the 22 year-old immediately asked for a „Weizenbier“
(A special german wheat beer - non alcoholic) to drink to her dad.
"I love Germany and have played many big junior tournament here
under the eye of my father. He loved his „Weizen" so now I must
drink one for him - Cheers Dad“ and thank you so much Paderborn!"
15-20 Apr, Germany, $5k
 Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3
Tinne Gilis (Bel)
 Olivia Blatchford
11-8, 11-6, 11-3
 Chloe Mesic
 Olivia Blatchford
11-9, 12-10, 8-11,
 Fiona Moverley
 Olivia Blatchford
 Cyrielle Peltier
 Chloe Mesic (Fra)
11-6, 11-7, 11-3
Enora Villard (Fra)
 Alison Thomson (Eng)
7-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8
[wc] Annika Wiese (Ger)
 Alison Thomson
11-3, 11-9, 11-2
 Fiona Moverley
 Fiona Moverley (Eng)
11-5, 12-10, 11-3
[Q] Marina de Juan Gallach (Esp)
[Q] Tessa Ter Sluis (Ned)
11-4, 12-14, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5 (44m)
 Thaisa Serafini (Bra)
 Thaisa Serafini
11-3, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7
 Sina Wall
 Sina Wall
11-8, 15-13, 10-12, 11-5
 Cyrielle Peltier
[Q] Nicole Fries (Ger)
 Sina Wall (Ger)
[Q] Sharon Sinclair (Ger)
11-8, 13-11, 11-4, 11-7 (46m)
 Leonie Holt (Eng)
 Leonie Holt
12-10, 11-6, 11-6 (36m)
 Cyrielle Peltier
Ekaterina Marusan (Rus)
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (17m)
 Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
15-Apr, Qualifying Finals:
Sharon Sinclair (Ger) 3-1
Nada Elkalaawy (Eng)
13-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-3
Marina De Juan Gallach (Esp) 3-1 Alicia Mead (Eng)
11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8
Nicole Fries (Ger)
Chloe Marshall (Eng) 11-5,
11-6, 4-11, 6-11, 12-10
Tessa Ter Sluis (Ned) 3-0 Rina Koskinen (Fin)
11-5, 11-2, 11-7
Qualifying Round One:
Sharon Sinclair (Ger) 3-2 Mareike Omlor (Ger)
11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 8-11, 11-8
Nicole Fries (Ger) 3-1 Maarit Ekholn (Fin)
11-6, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5
Both semi finals proved worthy
of the seeding list as both the nr. 1 and nr. 2 reached the final in
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) 3-1 Sina Wall ( Ger)
Cyrielle Peltier put an end to the Paderborn hopes of a finalist
after dispatching of Sina Wall in a thrilling squash match.
Wall was a little slow of the mark whereby the first game turned out
to be a thrilling encounter with Peltier always keeping the pace
going at a tremendous rate. Wall keep hunting the ball and came very
close but Peltier took the game 11/8.
The following two games were both very exciting with both players
working at full rate. 15/13 in the second and a very close contest
for a 10/12 in the third gave Wall a second chance to come back.
Fired on by the home crowd the fourth game was not to be as the
amount of unforced errors grew continuously.
Peltier said afterwards that she has had tremendous respect for Sina
since her junior days. "Not only is she a good player but also a
wonderful person. I was out of my comfort zone in front of the court
today because Sina was so quick on the ball and I was on the retreat
several times. Concentrating on simple basic routines helped me
regain my confidence and I was very happy to go forward into the
Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-1 Fiona Moverley (Eng)
Both players started with strong intentions of a place in the final.
All four games were strongly contested. Blatchford played delicate
drop shots from all over the court which at first seemed to stretch
Moverley. Being tall and extremely athletic Moverley covered them
well and keep the burning pace going for much of the time.
Moverley tried to widen the court with length and height but the
american whirlwind was everywhere and finished several rallies with
her deadly drop shots from nowhere.
"I was disappointed at not being able to win the games especially
as I was ahead most of the time“, said Moverley. "I knew it would be
a tough match but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely be
back in Paderborn next year."
Blatchford remarked that when she saw the draw she knew who she
would meet in the semis. "I felt good when my risky shots all
seemed to work today but the I thought the rest of my squash was
pretty mediocre. Tomorrow is another day and it is another match so
I am happy to be in the final."
Sina Wall (Ger) 3
Thaisa Serafini (Bra) 1
first match saw a furious start by Sina Wall playing in front of her
home crowd. She raced to a 8:0 lead before she took the first game
in just 7 Minutes.
The second game equally short in just 10 minutes before Serefini had
the wake up call.
The third game was proved to be a real fight. Wall giving away two
match balls which seemed to boast the confidence of the Brazilian
girl. The fourth game started just like the third had ended with
long rallies and both girls showing the strain of the battle.
At 7 all, the constant hitting of perfect length shots gave Wall the
Serefini said that somehow she felt very uncomfortable due to the
precise hitting length of Walls shots. Finding it difficult to get
back to the 'T“'. "I had difficulty in dealing with the pressure,
Sina played an outstanding game and I wish her luck for her and
Paderborn in the semis."
Sina was pleased to be hitting her aimed targets and found the game
really enjoyable until 10 all in the third. "This made the game
seem non ending for me and I started to struggle with the last few
balls. I am very happy to be through to the semis and hope I can
continue the way I started this afternoon."
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) 3 Leonie Holt (Eng) 0
players started well and contested a cautious but exciting first
Leonie Holt, a seasoned tour player made several unforced errors
towards the second half of the second game allowing Peltier to claim
small advantages and take the game.
A similar pattern in the third game mixed with a short discussion
with the german referee allowed Peltier to run away with the final
After the match Cyrielle said that it was only her second time she
had played Leonie and that perhaps she showed just a little too much
respect for her. "I know her to be a good solid player on the
tour so I am thrilled to go through with a three love result."
Fiona Moverley 3-0 Alison Thomson (Eng)
In the first game Fiona Moverley started in a commanding form and
gave Alison Thomson little chance to find her game. In the second it
was Alison who took an early lead only to be roped in again at 9
all. With a very experienced head Fiona closed out the game 11/9.
The pressure in the third game proved too much for Alison who played
good squash but was no real threat to the solid striking Fiona.
Fiona said: "I am happy with the way I played today against
Alison. She was very quick so I had to stretch the court out to make
it hard for her. The second game was close but even though I was 9/7
down I felt I could still take the game if I worked hard.
"In the last game I made sure I attacked from the first point and
kept that pressure all the way through the game. Really enjoyed the
match and can’t wait to play in the semi finals later."
Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-0 Chloe Mesic (Fra)
the impressive game yesterday Olivia Blatchford went to work as
usual today. Her crisp shot repertoire gave Chloe Mesic little
chance of getting into her game.
Trying desperately to find some length Chloe was off footed several
times through clever manoeverability from Olivia.
Blatchford went from strength to strength and proved to strong for
16-Apr, Round One:
All seeds through to quarters
Leonie Holt (Eng) 3-1 Sharon Sinclair (Ger)
Qualifier Sharon Sinclair put up a good fight after being two down
to win the third match 11:4. Leonie Holt found her rhythm and closed
off the last game very quickly.
After the match Leonie Holt remarked how happy she was to go through
the first round after losing at the first hurdle in Paderborn last
year: “hopefully I can improve tomorrow on how I play today.”
Sinclair was happy with her performance and was given a high praise
from Oliver Pettke the german national coach.
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra) 3-0 Ekaterina Marusan (Rus)
a nightmare trip to Paderborn through taking the wrong train
connection Ekaterina Marusan after only a few hours sleep was no
match for Cyrielle Peltier who win in the record time of 17 minutes.
Peltier commented: “I won 3:0 Ekaterina and this was a good match to
start the tournament. Tomorrow will be a long day, I feel very good
and I hope my results will be the same tomorrow.”
Thaisa Serafini (Bra) 3-2 Tessa Ter Sluis (Ned)
an easy first game for Serefini, Ter Sluis came strong towards the
end of the second game. In the third game she had a strong lapse of
concentration to give Serafini a quick finish to the third. The
fourth and fifth games was a very tight contest with two referee
decisions deciding the match. Serafini took the match in 44 minutes.
Breathless she commented on how lucky she had been today to have
such an up and down encounter.
Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-0 Marina De Juan Gallach (Esp)
Spanish whirlwind put up a great fight against the experienced
Moverley but was out played on several occasions. Moverley was
moving very well towards the end of the match.
Moverley remarked that “ I knew it was not going to be easy as she’s
a good player and moves around the court well. I felt I played well
in the first and third games but let her hack to much in second
which put me on the back foot. I really enjoyed playing on this
centre court and look forward to playing again tomorrow”.
Sina Wall (Ger) w/o Nicole Fries (Ger) 0
Directly after this match we received the news that the doctor had
disallowed Nicole Fries to play her match against compatriot Sina
wall. With the very last hit of her winning match yesterday against
Chloe Marshall she sustained an injury to her lower back. Not being
able to play german national team mate Sina Wall in front of the
national coach Oliver Pettke, who had travelled a long way to see
the match left her seriously disappointed.
Chloe Mesic (Fra) 3-0 Enora Villard (Fra)
Chloe Mesic was in brilliant form to dispose of fellow countryman.
Chloe Mesic said: “Its never easy to play your best friend on the
court, so I tried to attack and play forcesfully. This is the third
time I played her in 2015, so it was important to stay in front and
win the match. Physically I felt very good and was happy to win
Alison Thomson (Eng) 3-2 Annika Wiese (Ger)
Alison Thomson said, it was the first time she had played Annika. “I
thought I played well, but was raggy in patches. I gave Annika a few
opportunities and she put the ball away perfectly. In the bad
patches I referred back to the basics and it helped me in my game
back together.” Annika complemented Alison on her game and said that
in phases she made to many mistakes at the wrong time.
Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-1 Tinne Gilis (Bel)
Blatchford proved to strong for Tinne Gilis in the concluding match
in the first round in the Paderborn Open. It was Olivias first
competitive match in four weeks and she said, she was very happy to
be back at work. She was very impressed with her young opponent but
very much looking forward to the quarter finals tomorrow.
Gilis nursing a sore wrist said she was disappointed at making to
many mistakes and not being able to apply any pressure. It was her
second time in Paderborn and is already looking forward to the next
Nada wins Ahorn trophy
Before the main draw got under way in Paderborn, ll six losers from
the qualifying round agreed to play for the Ahorn Trophy. This was
an added attraction for the players to the generous facilities in
The winner Nada Elkalaawy said it was a great idea as
normally one would return home dejected after losing in the first
Two groups of three followed by each team placing facing the
opposite group placed player.
Winner was Nada Elkalaawy beating the young sixteen year old
finish talent Riina Koskinen 12/10, 11/8, 14/12.
Klkalaawy said afterwards that this tournament was her first after
injury put her out of training for almost a year.
“I was moving much better today despite a really tough match. This
idea of a mini plate round certainly gave me more confidence having
lost yesterday. Riini played very well and I was pleased to win the