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Internationaux De La Reunion 2009
22-27 Jun, Saint Pierre, $30k

27-Jun, Final:

[1] Thierry Lincou bt [2] LJ Anjema 12/10, 11/3, 11/7 (48m)
 

Thierry takes title on Reunion Island

The inaugural Internationaux de la Reunion on Reunion Island celebrated the perfect conclusion when former world champion Thierry Lincou - born on the Indian Ocean island 33 years ago - lifted the  title at ASCTR-Stade Michel Volnay in Saint Pierre without dropping a game.

Much to the delight of the organisers, event favourite Lincou was in stunning form all week - ultimately setting up the dream climax when he faced second seed Laurens Jan Anjema in the final.

While the former world number one Frenchman despatched Egypt's Ali Anwar Reda in straight games in the semi-finals, Dutchman Anjema twice had to come from behind before overcoming third-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad in a 78-minute marathon.

But after a 28-minute first game which went to extra points, world number eight Lincou cruised to victory in 48 minutes to claim the Reunion crown.



The triumph takes Lincou's PSA title tally to 21 - putting the Marseille-based Frenchman just one title below Amr Shabana, the three-time world champion from Egypt. Shabana is in second place in the current players' title-winning list - headed by David Palmer, the Australian who boasts 25.
 

27-Jun, Final:
[1] Thierry Lincou
bt [2] LJ Anjema 12/10, 11/3, 11/7 (48m)

26-Jun, Semis:
[1] Thierry Lincou bt [7] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
                      11/6, 11/5, 11/2 (47m)
[2] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) bt [3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
                       6/11, 13/11, 4/11, 11/5, 12/10 (78m)

Lincou & LJ to contest
Reunion Island Final


The top two seeds, Thierry Lincou of France and Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherlands, will contest the final of the inaugural Internationaux de la Reunion after coming through contrasting semi-finals at ASCTR-Stade Michel Volnay in Saint Pierre on Reunion Island.

Lincou, the former world champion and world number one who is competing for the first time in a Tour event on the island of his birth, ended the run of Egypt's Ali Anwar Reda - beating the No7 seed 47 minutes.

The straight games success - Lincou has yet to drop a game in the tournament - takes the 33-year-old top seed from Marseille into the 39th PSA Tour final of his career.



Second seed Anjema had a much tougher test before claiming his anticipated place in the climax. The 26-year-old world No18 from The Hague twice had to come from behind before overcoming third-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad in 78 minutes.

The four-time Dutch champion is celebrating his second Tour final in a week after winning the Movida International Toulouse Open in France on the eve of his arrival in Reunion.

It will be the 21st PSA final of his career - but, surprisingly, only the second time on the Tour the Dutchman has faced European rival Lincou since their maiden meeting in the Qatar Classic in November 2005.
 



25-Jun, Quarters:
Reda Reaches Reunion Semis

Egypt's Ali Anwar Reda secured a surprise semi-final slot in the Internationaux de la Reunion on Reunion Island after surviving a marathon 72-minute battle with Irishman Liam Kenny at ASCTR-Stade Michel Volnay in Saint Pierre.

Unseeded Kenny had reached the last eight after a shock first round upset over England's fourth seed Tom Richards. But, despite twice leading, the US-based 31-year-old was unable to stop seventh seed Reda marching to a 3-2 victory - and a place in the last four.

Reda now faces Reunion-born former world champion Thierry Lincou for the first time in his career. The top-seeded local star despatched French team-mate Renan Lavigne, the fifth seed, in straight games.

There will also be Egyptian interest in the other semi-final after third seed Omar Mosaad defeated Australian Aaron Frankcomb, the No6 seed.

The Cairo-based world No23 will now face Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, the second seed. Anjema, fresh from his title triumph in last week's Movida International Toulouse Open in France, was fully stretched by opponent Yann Perrin before beating the unseeded Frenchman in 67 minutes.

24-Jun, Round One:
Perrin & Kenny make
Reunion quarters


Yann Perrin and Liam Kenny both upset seeded opposition to reach the quarter-finals in Saint Pierre. Perrin beat Hungary's 8th seed Mark Krajcsak to set up a meeting with second seed LJ Anjema while Kenny disposed of Tom Richards, the fourth seed.

Local favourite and top seed Thierry Lincou is safely through, and a French semi-finalist is guaranteed as he meets team-mate Renan Laigne for a place in the semis.

23-Jun, Qualifying:

Qualifying complete in St Pierre


It wasn't a good day for the locals, as all four Reunion players were beaten in the qualifying finals as two Englishmen, and Irishman and a Frenchman went through to the main draw.


John Rooney and Peirre Canto

England's Eddie Charlton will be pleased to qualify, but faces Reunion favourite Thierry Lincou in the main draw, while compatriot Rory Pennell gets a kinder draw against Ali Anwar Reda.

Irishman John Rooney meets sixth seed Aaron Frankcomb, while Johan Bouquet boosts French representation in the main draw to four, and meets compatriot Renan Lavigne.
 

French coverage


Alex & Rory

Johan & Fabien

Eddie & Christophe
Internationaux De La Reunion 2009
22-27 Jun, Saint Pierre, $30k
Round One
24 Jun
Quarters
25 Jun
Semis
26 Jun
Final
27 Jun
[1] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11/6, 11/6, 12/10 (32m)
[Q] Eddie Charlton (Eng)

[1] Thierry Lincou
11/3, 11/6, 11/5 (39m)
[5] Renan Lavigne
[1] Thierry Lincou

[7] Ali Anwar Reda

 
[5] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
11/4, 11/4, 11/1 (28m)
[Q] Johan Bouquet
[4] Tom Richards (Eng)
11/7, 11/9, 1/11, 11/9 (65m)
Liam Kenny (Irl)
Liam Kenny
6/11, 11/7, 2/11, 11/5/ 11/2 (72m)
[7] Ali Anwar Reda
[7] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11/7, 11/8, 11/6 (24m)
[Q] Rory Pennell (Eng)
[Q] John Rooney (Irl)
8/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/1 (31m)
[6] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
[6] Aaron Frankcomb
11/1, 11/8, 11/3 (32m)
[3] Omar Mosaad
[3] Omar Mosaad

[2] LJ Anjema

Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
6/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (73m)
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
[8] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/3, 11/5, 7/11, 13/11 (62m)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
Yann Perrin
9/11, 11/7, 11/3, 6/11, 11/5 (65m)
[2] LJ Anjema
Scott Arnold (Aus)
8/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (48m)
[2] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)

23-Jun, Qualifying:

John Rooney (Irl) bt Pierre Canto (Reu)                   11/4, 11/4, 11/4 (24m)
Rory Pennell (Eng) bt Alex Muller (Reu)                   11/7, 11/4, 11/6 (22m)
Eddie Charlton (Eng) bt Christophe Andre (Reu)       11/7, 11/6, 11/8 (26m)
Johan Bouquet (Fra) bt Fabien Tessier (Reu)           11/8, 11/7, 14/12 (35m)

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