Wed 4th, Day ONE
Day ONE at the EICC
2013 edition of the European Individual Closed Championships got
under way today at the Flemish Squash Centre in Herentals, with
a handful of men's and women's first round matches, followed by
a full set of evening matches in the men's draw.
There are no major upsets top report with all the seeds going
safely through to tomorrow where they face two rounds of play,
last sixteen and quarter-finals in both draws.
longest matches of the day came at the end of play, with
hour-long five-game wins for Poland's Przemyslaw Atras -
who takes up the last sixteen spot expected to be occupied by
the injured Daryl Selby - and Slovakia's Miroslav
Celler, who edged out Portuguese junior Claudio Pinto.
There will be significant French interest, led by six-time
champion and top seed Gregory Gaultier and former
champion Camille Serme, while the home fans will be able
to cheer on 17-time national champion Stefan Casteleyn,
plus their up-and-coming youngsters Jan Van Den Herreweggen
and Nele Gillis.
You'll find reports
and quotes on the BLOG,
photos in the GALLERY, and
you can watch the
glass court matches LIVE or on REPLAY.
Men's Round Two:
full and interactive draws
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Gregory Lecerf (Bel)
Jan van den Herreweggen (Bel) 3-0 Peter Kviecinsky (Svk)
Jan Koukal (Cze) 3-0 Rene Mijs (Ned)
 Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 3-0 Joeri Hapers (Bel)
reports from Fram (lots more on the blog)
 Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-0 Mark Burke (Bel)
Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-0 Kim Are Killingberg (Nor)
Piedro Schweertman (Ned) 3-0 Petr Martin (Cze)
Przemyslaw Atras (Pol) 3-2 Tiago Gorielly (Bel)
11/13, 11/6, 14/12 (59m)
 Simon Rosner (Ger) 3-0 Marcin Karwowski (Pol)
Stefan Casteleyn (Bel) 3-1 Ondrej Uherka (Cze)
11/8, 9/11, 11/8 (49m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 3-0 Marc ter Sluis (Ned)
11/8, 11/9 (27m)
 Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-0 Jan de Smet (Bel)
11/4, 11/6 (24m)
reports from Fram (lots more on the blog)
 Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) 3-0 Sindre Roaldsoy (Nor)
11/7, 11/3 (26m)
Lucas Serme (Fra) 3-0 Jakub Solnicky (Cze)
11/2, 11/5 (21m)
Miroslav Celler (Svk) 3-2 Claudio Pinto (Por)
12/10, 11/8, 10/12, 11/6 (62m)
 Borja Golan (Esp) 3-0 Jonas Snoeck (Bel)
11/7, 11/5 (24m)
Men's Round One:
full and interactive draws
Joeri Hapers (Bel) 3-0 Lukas Gnaur (Aut)
11/2, 11/2, 11/8 (29m)
Mark Burke (Bel) 3-0 Karlis Pestkins (Lat)
11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (19m)
Marcin Karwowski (Pol) 3-0 Ayk Avetisyan (Arm)
11/3, 11/1, 11/3 (14m)
Sindre Roaldsoy (Nor) 3-1 Alexander Schilov (Rus)
11/7, 11/3, 10/12, 11/2 (53m)
Jonas Snoeck (Bel) 3-1 Valerii Fedoruk (Ukr)
1/11, 11/9, 11/5, 11/7 (39m)
Women's Round One
Ineta Mackevica (Lat) 3-2 Dominika Witowska (Pol)
12/10, 11/3, 9/11, 7/11, 7/4 rtd (38m)
Xisela Aranda (Esp) 3-0 Tinne Gillis (Bel)
11/9, 11/8, 11/4 (38m)
Franziska Hennes (Ger) 3-1 Tessa Ter Sluis (Ned)
11/8, 11/8, 1/11, 11/7 (39m)
Judith Diepeveen (Ned) 3-0 Anna Jurkin (Pol)
14/12, 11/8, 11/8 (28m)
Nele Gillis (Bel) 3-0 Mariia Nickolainko (Rus)
11/1, 11/2, 11/0 (12m)
Nikki van der Heijden (Ned) 3-1 Tereza Svobodova (Cze)
11/7, 11/8, 10/12, 11/9 (26m)
Miroslav Celler (Svk)
3-2 Claudio Pinto (Por)
3/11, 12/10, 11/8, 10/12, 11/6 (62m)
Nice battle to finish
You always have one of those, haven't you... Everybody has
finished, and you have two lunatics that keep running around and
make it as long as they possibly can. And as ever, the last
match was the longest of the day, 62m.....
Making a long story short, Claudio is still a junior and plays a
bit of a junior squash at times, as in, bit of lack of patience,
a bit too many errors, and mind wandering at times. Still, he is
a very talented young man who, once he sorts out those little
quibble, could be an excellent player.
In the first game, Miroslav didn't see much, and took a little
time to get used to the pace, but took the second and third only
just. Fourth, well, he was up 8/4, looking very good, but
Claudio kept his focus rather well, came back to 8/8, 9/9. The
Czech saved a game ball at 9/10, but loses the game 12/10, we
were in a decider....
In the fifth, it was close to start with, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, but
then experience and control played a crucial role I feel, 7/4
for the Czech. A not too good decision gave him a let, whereas
the crowd gasped for a straight forward stroke (I was among
Bless Claudio, didn't argue, came back at 6/9, but one match
ball was enough 11/6 for Celler....
Przemyslaw Atras (Pol)
3-2 Tiago Gorielly (Bel)
10/12, 11/8, 11/13, 11/6, 14/12 (59m)
What a match that was!
to be honest, until the last point, I had no idea who was going
to win. Tiago looked pretty solid in the first game, he lost the
second, clinch the third, but in the fourth, seemed to lose a
bit if focus, was chatting with a refs a bit too much for his
Przemyslaw (surely you've got a nickname I coud use??) kept his
head, played a pretty solid all around game, nothing fancy,
taking his time to think and breathe between the serves, instead
of rushing as too many players do!
The 5th was a seesaw affair, up the Polish went 7/2, relaxed a
bit, Tiago came back strongly to 7/8, but Prz set himself with 2
match balls, 10/8. Saved! The Belgium crowd was supporting their
man, especially when he got himself a match ball 11/10. A
baaaaaad tin, 11/11. Another match ball for Belgium, 12/11. And
another tin. Prz finally managed to clinch the match on his
Happy he was, but tired too....
think I was like a car that ran out of petrol, I was about to
stop, but somehow, I managed to run and run and run some
I don't play on PSA at all, there was that time where there was
a PSA in Krakow, but I played against a local player, and I lost
very very quickly!!!!!
I think the key to the match today was that I made a few
unforced errors to begin with, that I managed to cut down in the
4th while getting more positive, but also that he helped me a
lot by making a lot of errors. That make the difference I feel
at the end..
 Olli Tuominen
(Fin) 3-0 Mark Burke (Bel)
11/4, 11/5, 11/3 (26m)
summer, I went and did the Jarvis Cup in South Africa for the
first time, and I had a fantastic time! The tournament is such a
great one, the way it's organised, so many players, it's just
amazing! You should come and do it one year Fram! [FG: I
My goal this year is to come back to the top 20, definitely,
please! I'm 26 now, I've been on the edge of coming back, so
this year, I really want to be back there, where I was, and
secure the first round of the tournaments.
No, I'm not thinking about what's I'll do after, I still play a
good squash, I beat some pretty good player in the Jarvis Cup, I
have a few bad tournaments, but that was always the case. I
still enjoy my squash tremendously, I like the life on the Tour,
and I am still looking forward to the next season.
When the time comes, I will know...
Mueller (Sui) 3-0 Joeri Hapers (Bel)
11/5, 11/3, 11/7 (21m)
had a good preparation this summer, it's the first time I'm able
to do three months of solid work.
I have a friend, Jamie, that just finished her sports science
studies, she did all my programs, and she killed me basically!
I'm really enjoying being pain free - I had back troubles, I
feel physically really good and fit, let's see what the next
months bring result wise.
Next it's Mexico (I play Shabana first round), then San
Francisco and St Paul in the US, and the US Open! A bit of a