Qualifying complete in Nantes
as Egyptian quartet advance
Today went a
bit longer than planned in the Maison du Squash in Sautron,
thanks to a few men's matches that went to five, and also a long
final women's match, that saw Menna Ahmed coming from 2/1
down to beat Tinne Gilis in 60m.
In the Ladies, no upset today, with
the four top seeds going through, the remaining three matches
all finishing in three games.
To be noted that
despite her express wishes, Nouran El Torky will play
a fellow Egyptian, Zeina Mickawy...
As for the men, only Shehab Essam managed to finish his
match quickly, upsetting birthday boy Piedro Schaweertman, 34
today, 3/0 in 37m.
All the other matches were extremely disputed, intense, fierce
and sometimes controversial.... New Asian Junior Champion
Mohammad Alsarraj displayed some very mature squash to oust
experienced Jaymie Haycocks in five and 74m, while George Parker
beat Kristian Frost in a match sadly riddled with far too many
And Egyptian Wadi Degla star Mazen Gamal broke the French
hearts when he stopped Baptiste Masotti, 11/9 in the 5th.
Sivasangari Subramaniam (Mas)
3-0  Milnay Louw (Rsa)
11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (24m) to
Nouran El Torky (Egy)
Enora Villard (Fra)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (31m)
to play Mickawy
 Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)
3-0 Nadia Pfister (Sui)
11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (19m)
to play Moverly
Menna Hamed (Egy)
3-2  Tinne Gilis (Bel)
11-2, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (60m) to play Aumard
3-2 Baptiste Masotti (Fra)
7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 (67m) to play Marche
Shehab Essam (Egy)
 Piedro Schweertman (Ned)
13-11, 11-4, 11-8 (37m)
to play Simpson
Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor)
 Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6 (74m) to play Mueller
 George Parker (Eng) 3-1 Kristian Frost (Den)
11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 15-13 (65m)
to play Hesham
All the Match Reports
Qualifying Round One:
Qualifying for the 2017
edition of the Nantes International got under way at the "Maison
du Squash" in Sautron, with a couple of upsets in the men's and
France's Baptiste Masotti delighted the home crowd with a
five-game win over German fifth seed Jens Schoor, setting up a
qualifying final against top seeded Egyptian Mazen Gamal. That
was the only home success though as Enzo Corigliano, Geoffrey
Demont, Victor Crouin, Sebastien Bonmalais and Benjamin Aubert
all fell at the first hurdle.
The other men's upset came as Denmark's Kristian Frost dismissed
second seed Iker Pajares in straight games, and he now faces a
qualifying final against England's George Parker.
On the women's side Enora Villard was the sole home victor as
she beat eighth seed Anna Serme in straight games while Swiss
Nadia Pfister upset sixth-seeded Chloe Mesic in five.
Qualifying finals start at 17.00 on Tuesday.
it be an All-French Final in the Men's?
The 2017 Open International de Squash de Nantes is set to
feature an all-French final in the Men’s event for the first
time, with World No.23 Grégoire Marche seeded to meet
former World No.6 Mathieu Castagnet in the title decider.
Taking place at Les Machines de l'île between September 6-10,
the Men’s Open International de Squash de Nantes features a
$25,000 prize fund and will see Castagnet take on fellow
Frenchman Lucas Serme in the pick of the first round fixtures.
A win for Castagnet would see him face either England’s
Declan James or talented Egyptian Youssef Soliman in
the last eight, while Swiss No.4 seed Nicolas Mueller and
Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi are also on Castagnet’s
side of the draw as they take on a qualifier and tournament
wildcard Frenchman Auguste Dussourd, respectively.
Meanwhile, Marche kickstarts his efforts to lift a third
successive Open International de Nantes title with an opening
round fixture against a qualifier and the 27-year-old is seeded
to meet maverick Egyptian Mazen Hesham in an explosive
last four encounter.
Last year’s final saw Marche defeat England’s Chris Simpson
to take the title and the duo could face off in a rematch as
early as the quarter-finals if they both emerge from their first
round matches unscathed.
The Women’s event boasts its biggest ever prize purse of
$15,000 and sees English duo Millie Tomlinson and Fiona
Moverley named as the top two seeds, with the pair seeded to
clash in the final.
Moverley could need to overcome home hope Coline Aumard
if she is to play to her seeding, with Aumard the highest ranked
female French player in the tournament.
Tomlinson begins her tournament against wildcard Julie
Rossignol – the 20-year-old from Marly Le Roi – and the
World No.26 is seeded to meet Belgium’s Nele Gilis in the
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