Individual Championships 2005
15-18 June, Prague
Gregory Gaultier bt Jan Koukal 9/5, 9/0,
Vanessa Atkinson bt Linda Elriani 9/7, 9/7,
Gaultier and Atkinson
claim European crowns
France's top seed
Grégory Gaultier successfully defended his European
Individual title with a straight games win over local favourite
Jan Koukal in the final in Prague. Koukal, winner of the
last three PSA events held in the Czech capital, competed well
in the first game but had no answer as the world number 12
pulled away in the final two games to end the local hero's
unbeaten home run.
In the women's final, the Netherlands' Vanessa Atkinson
added the European crown to her already-impressive list of
titles, beating England's second seed Linda Elriani, also
in straight games. For Atkinson the win was revenge for her
defeat by Elriani in their last meeting, in last month's German
It was a very hard first game, but I worked hard,
accelerated the pace and Jan was dead ...
I'm happy! See you later ...
bt Peter Barker 9/4, 9/2, 9/0
Jan Koukal bt Bradley Ball 9/5, 6/9,
bt Becky Botwright 9/1, 9/2, 9/1
Linda Elriani bt Pamela Nimmo 9/3, 10/8,
Becky loses crown
The defending champions had contrasting fortunes in today's
semi-finals in Prague.
France's Gregory Gaultier beat England's fourth seed
Peter Barker, and will defend his title against local hero
Jan Koukal, the Czech number one who has won the last three
PSA tournaments held in Prague and who today beat second seed
Bradley Ball in four games.
In the women's event Becky Botwright found world champion
Vanessa Atkinson too much to handle, leaving England's hopes
of retaining the title with Linda Elriani, who cruised
past Scotland's Pamela Nimmo to reach the final.
Everything's fine here. I won my semi-final quite
easily against Peter, so I should be really fresh
for the final.
I'll play Jan Koukal, the local hero who played well
today to beat Bradley Ball, so there should be a
good crowd to support a Czech playing in the final
for the first time.
Round Two & Quarters
Gregory Gaultier bt
Mark Krajcsak 9/2, 9/5, 9/0
Peter Barker bt Julien Balbo 9/0, 10/8, 9/3
Jan Koukal bt Laurent Elriani 4/9, 10/8, 10/9, 9/0
Bradley Ball bt Dylan Bennett 9/1, 9/1, 9/2
Vanessa Atkinson bt Pamela Pancis 9/3, 9/3, 9/0
Rebecca Botwright bt Ellen Petersen 1/9, 9/3, 9/7, 9/3
Pamela Nimmo bt Line Hansen 10/8, 9/1, 9/4
Linda Elriani bt Olga Puidgemont 9/0, 9/1, 9/4
Complete playoff results:
Little message straight from Prague…
Today, all the French lost, except for Greg who beat
Peter in the semi 3/0.
Otherwise, the other matches for the French have
been very close, but we're starting to feel the
tiredness, and the matches are still very hard…
Tomorrow, two Franco-French encounters , Julien
Balbo against Laurent Elriani, and Soraya against
me. Laurent will play a German player, and Greg
plays Jan in the final.
Otherwise, this afternoon, we had a bit time to
visit the town, it’s really stunning. On every
corner, a new thing to admire. Prague, considered as
one of the most beautiful cities in the world,
really lives up to its reputation.
I’ll send you a mail tomorrow with the results
Tough day yesterday. played Mr Balbo in the evening,
was a tough 3-0.
Had to change courts because the floors got too
slippery but was pleased to get through.
I have greg today so that should be a little tougher
but im now on the glass court so we will wait and
see. Last time I played him in league I got a bit of
a pasting so I'm up for it.
I'll let you know how I do.
Can I thank my mate Smeggy for kind words.
Cheers fram, Pete ...
European Individual Championships 2005
Prague, Czech Pepublic, 15-18 June,
Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
9/0, 9/1, 9/3
[9/16] Stuart Crawford (SCO)
9/2, 9/5, 9/0
9/4, 9/2, 9/0
9/5, 9/0, 9/1 (49m)
[9/16] Martin Stepan (CZE)
9/0, 9/3, 9/2
[5/8] Mark Krajcsak (HUN)
[5/8] Julien Balbo (FRA)
9/10, 9/2, 9/1, 9/0
[9/16] Gerhard Schedlbauer (AUT)
9/0, 10/8, 9/3
[9/16] Andras Torok (HUN)
0/9, 9/0, 2/9, 9/2 rtd
[3/4] Peter Barker (ENG)
[3/4] Jan Koukal (CZE)
9/0, 9/0, 9/0
Domagoj Spoljar (CRO)
4/9, 10/8, 10/9, 9/0
9/5, 6/9, 9/3, 9/6
[9/16] Klemen Gutman (SLO)
9/3, 10/8, 9/0
[5/8] Laurent Elriani (FRA)
[5/8] Dylan Bennett (NED)
5/9, 10/8, 4/9, 9/6, 9/1
[9/16] Stefan Leifels (GER)
9/1, 9/1, 9/2
[9/16] Milos Pokorny (CZE)
9/4, 9/6, 9/1
 Bradley Ball (ENG)
Round One results:
Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Andrey Bratter (RUS) 9/0, 9/0, 9/0
Stuart Crawford (SCO) bt Ivan Djordjevic (SCG) 9/2, 9/3, 9/4
Martin Stepan (CZE) bt Atilla Dobai (SVK) 9/1, 9/1, 9/6
Mark Krajcsak (HUN) bt Marek Zvoncek (SVK) 9/1, 9/0, 9/0
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt Andre Haschker (GER) 3/9,9/0,9/4, 9/0
Gerhard Schedlbauer (AUT) bt Alexei Severinov (RUS) 9/4,9/1,
Andras Torok (HUN) bt Pavel Sladecek (CZE) 9/5, 9/3, 9/4
Peter Barker (ENG) bt Robert Dobai (SVK) 9/0, 9/0, 9/0
an Koukal (CZE) bt Oleksandr Molodukha (UKR) 9/1,9/1,9/1
Klemen Gutman (SLO) bt Marton Szaboky (HUN) 9/7, 9/5, 9/0
Laurent Elriani (FRA) bt Alexander Pavulns (LAT) 9/3, 9/2,
Dylan Bennett (NED) bt Harry Gordon Leitch (SCO) 9/5, 9/3,
Stefan Leifels (GER) bt Josef Desira (MLT) 9/2, 9/0, 9/5
Milos Pokorny (CZE) bt Damir Bezan (SLO) 9/5, 9/6, 9/7
Bradley Ball (ENG) bt Dmytro Shcherbakov (UKR) 9/0, 9/0,
Robert Dobai (SVK) bt Artem Shandybin (UKR) 9/4, 9/3, 9/6
Dmytro Shcherbakov (UKR) bt Sergey Kostrikin (RUS)
Alexander Pavulns (LAT) bt Dmytro Kondratenko(UKR)
Andrey Bratter (RUS) bt Marcin Leszewicz (POL) W/O
Oleksandr Molodukha (UKR) bt Artem Wawszczyk (POL) W/O
European Individual Championships 2005
Prague, Czech Pepublic, 15-18 June,
Vanessa Atkinson (NED)
9/1, 9/1, 9/2
Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO)
9/3, 9/3, 9/0
9/1, 9/2, 9/1
9/7, 9/7, 9/3 (40m)
[9/16] Celia Allamargot (FRA)
9/7, 9/0, 9/4
[5/8] Pamela Pancis (AUT)
[5/8] Ellen Petersen (DEN)
9/0, 9/6, 5/9, 9/5
[9/16] Milja Dorenbos (NED)
1/9, 9/3, 9/7, 9/3
[9/16] Laurence Bois (FRA)
9/4, 9/3, 9/0
[3/4] Rebecca Botwright (ENG)
[3/4] Pamela Nimmo (SCO)
9/0, 9/5, 9/4
[9/16] Kathrin Rohrmueller (GER)
10/8, 9/1, 9/4
9/3, 10/8, 9/5
[9/16] Katharina Witt (GER)
9/0, 9/0, 9/2
[5/8] Line Hansen (DEN)
[5/8] Olga Puigdemont Sola (ESP)
2/9, 9/4, 9/0, 9/2
[9/16] Margriet Huisman (NED)
Olga Puigdemont Sola
9/0, 9/1, 9/4
[9/16] Soraya Renai (FRA)
9/0, 9/0, 9/0
 Linda Elriani (ENG)
Round One Results:
Ellen Petersen (DEN) bt Lotta Vuorela (FIN) 9/2, 9/3, 9/1
Pamela Pancis (AUT) bt Vaso Karasava (CYP) 9/7, 9/0, 9/3
Celia Allamargot (FRA) bt Lucie Fialova (CZE) 9/3, 9/5,
Frania Gillen-Buchert (SCO) bt Olga Ertlova (CZE) 9/2,
Laurence Bois (FRA) bt Aneta Paprnakova (SVK) 9/4, 9/5,
Pamela Nimmo (SCO) bt Ekaterina Glinchikova (RUS) 9/0,
Milja Dorenbos (NED) bt Linda Hruzikova (SVK) 9/3, 9/4,
Rebecca Botwright (ENG) bt Edina Szombati (HUN) 9/1, 9/2,
Kathrin Rohrmuller (GER) bt Ayten Kececi (TUR) 9/0, 9/1,
Olga Puigdemont (ESP) bt Louise Philip (SCO) 9/3, 9/1, 9/0
Katharina Witt (GER) bt Zuzana Vackova (CZE) 9/3, 9/0, 9/0
Soraya Renai (FRA) bt Brigit Coufal (AUT) 9/2, 10/8, 5/9,
Line Hansen (DEN) bt Petra Vihar (SLO) 9/5, 9/1, 9/2
How are you?
So far so good, I had some pretty easy
It's a shame that we don't have any time to
visit the town, as the weather is now really
nice, but then again, we came here to work,
All the other French had very hard encounters,
and all defended to the best of their abilities.
|Barker In Prague ...
Hi fram, I really cant get away from you, can I?
is ok, a bit boring at the centre but I havent
been into the city centre yet so I'm looking
forward to that.
I'm here with 'Brad attack' Ball who is keeping
me company, he has just gone off to the
supermarket to get his chocolate fix.
The courts are very hard, it's like playing on
concrete but we are all in the same boat. I
think the players will start to feel it in the
latter rounds but so far so good.
I nearly missed my match today, I was reading in
my room and looked at my phone, it said 11:10. I
forgot that Prague is an hour on from london and
was playing in five minutes!
After a slow start, 9-0, I got myself out of bed
and managed to win 3-1.
first time playing these championships and I'm
enjoying it, loads of guys and girls I haven't
seen before so it's different but good fun.
Speak to you later if you are lucky ...
Yesterday was a 100% result day for the French
contingency. Good matches to get into the
The hard part starts this morning with the 2nd
round. Well, apart from Greg who shouldn’t stay
too long on court hopefully!
Laurence Bois is playing Rebecca Botwright
tomorrow, Soraya Renaď has got the priviledge of
playing Linda Elriani, and I’m playing Pamela
I’ll let you know a bit later…
PS. It rained all day yesterday, and we couldn’t
visit the town at all….
Champion Botwright Bursts
Into European Semis
Botwright, the women's title-holder, recovered from a game
down to overcome Denmark's Ellen Petersen to reach the
semi-finals of the European Individual Squash Championships
in the Czech Republic capital Prague.
Botwright, the 23-year-old from Manchester who won the 2004
title in Slovakia, achieved her 2005 seeding after her 1-9
9-3 9-7 9-3 win over Petersen, the Dane who combines her
squash-playing with her new career as a full-time doctor.
The defending champion now meets her toughest task - world
champion Vanessa Atkinson, the No1 seed from the Netherlands
who despatched Austrian champion Pamela Pancis, a
semi-finalist in Bratislava, 9-3 9-3 9-0.
Then other women's semi-final will be an all-British affair
between England's Linda Elriani and Scotland's Pamela Nimmo.
Elriani, the No2 seed from Eastbourne, despatched Spain's
5/8 seed Olga Puigdemont Sola 9-0 9-1 9-4, while
Edinburgh-born Nimmo, the other 3/4 seed, survived a
close-fought opening game against Line Hansen before beating
the Dane 10-8 9-1 9-4.
The men's competition will also boast a semi-final line-up
featuring the top four seeds. France's defending champion
Gregory Gaultier continued his ruthless pursuit of a second
successive title with a 9-2 9-5 9-0 victory over Hungary's
5/8 seed Mark Krajcsak. The top seed from Aix-en-Provence
will now face England's Peter Barker, a 3/4 seed who
defeated Frenchman Julien Balbo 9-0 10-8 9-3.
Local interest is centred on the other 3/4 seed Jan Koukal,
who was fully stretched by France's Laurent Elriani, the
husband of the second seed in the women's event. Koukal, a
22-year-old from Prague who has won three successive PSA
Tour titles in his home city over the past 15 months, fought
back from a game down, then survived two close games before
storming to a 4-9 10-8 10-9 9-0 victory over the French
Koukal now meets England's No2 seed Bradley Ball, who wasted
little time in dismissing his Netherlands opponent Dylan
Bennett 9-1 9-1 9-2.
EIC under way in Prague:
There were no surprise results as the European Individual
Championships got under way in Prague's Cechi Hotel complex.
Men's defending champion Gregory Gaultier turned in a
perfect performance against Russian qualifier Andre Bratter,
one of three whitewashes on the day. All of France's six
representatives safely made the last sixteen, with Julien
Balbo and Soraya Renai the only day one winners
to drop a game.
Women's defending champion Becky Botwright eased through her
first round match, with top seeds Vanessa Atkinson and Linda
Elriani enjoying byes.
England's second seed Bradley Ball, fresh from his
victory in the Mamut Dutch Open, completed the English
contingent in round two with a comfortable victory over
Ukranian qualifier Dmytro Shcherbakov.
Day two sees two rounds of action as the field is reduced to
the final four in each event.
Atkinson & Gaultier
For European Glory In Prague
world No12 Gregory Gaultier and Netherlands' world
champion Vanessa Atkinson head the men's and women's
draws in the European Individual Championships, which will
take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 15-18 June,
featuring players from 22 European countries.
The 2005 championships follow the successful re-launch of
the European Squash Federation event
year in Slovakia.
Atkinson, the world No2 from The Hague, is expected to meet
England's defending champion Rebecca Botwright, a 3/4
seed, in the semi-finals, en-route to a final showdown with
No2 seed Linda Charman, the England No1 from
Eastbourne in Sussex.
Frenchman Gaultier is seeded to retain the title he won
twelve months ago in Bratislava. The 22-year-old from
Aix-en-Provence meets the winner of a qualifying match
between Russia's Andrey Bratter and Poland's Marcin
Leszewicz in the first round - before a likely clash with
3/4 seed Peter Barker, from England, in the
Gaultier's anticipated opponent in the final is England's
No2 seed Bradley Ball, the world No24 from Ipswich
who clinched the Dutch Open title last week. Ball is likely
to face two local opponents on his way to the climax - 9/16
seed Milos Pokorny in the second round, and Czech No1 Jan
Koukal, the other 3/4 seed, in the semi-finals.