07-Sep: Quarters, Take One ...
day for the top seeds Gregoire Marche and Millie Tomlinson
prevailed tonight to earn their places in the semi-finals.
Grégoire, the 2015 and 2016 champion, moved to within one
win of a third successive final in Nantes after
the World No.23 overcame Chris Simpson in a repeat of last
year's final, beating the Englishman 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 in 46
Marche will line up against
Egypt's Mazen Hesham in the last four after the World
No.70 defeated Finnish veteran Olli Tuominen 3-1.
a former World No.13 ,had been a regular Shot of the Month
contender before a host of injuries over the last two years saw
him tumble down the World Rankings but he was in full flow
against Tuominen as he hit a series of outrageous winners to
storm into a 2-0 lead.
A loss of consistency in the third game saw Tuominen come back
to halve the deficit but Hesham responded by simplifying his
game plan and playing the percentage shots and he was duly
rewarded with a victory in the fourth to take it 11-6, 11-4,
Tomlinson will meet
fourth seed Nele Gilis in the semi-finals of the
women's event after they claimed respective wins over qualifying
duo Sivasangari Subramaniam and Nouran El Torky.
Tomlinson was almost on the end of a shock defeat after going
two games down to Malaysia’s Subramaniam, who played with a
maturity beyond her 18 years.
The World No.22 eventually found her range in the third though
and a determined response saw her ease to victory before
following that up by edging the fourth and fifth games to seal
an 6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 triumph.
Gilis, meanwhile was in complete control for the majority of her
match against El Torky, claiming comfortable wins in the first
and third games either side of a tight tie-break triumph in the
second as she claimed an 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 victory.
Quarters, Top Draw
(Bel) 3-0 [Q]
Nouran El Torky (Egy)
11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
Millie Tomlinson (Eng)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (Mas)
6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 (51m)
3-1 Olli Tuominen
11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 (39m)
Grégoire Marche (Fra)
3-0  Chris Simpson
11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (46m)
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