World Junior Out while French trio delights the crowd...
very very long (and pretty cold) day at the office today in
Nantes, first in Sautron, in La Maison du Squash, then
in the Nefs, next to the Machines and the Elephant, with a
bit of an upset as Sivasangari Subramaniam, the 18 years
old from Malaysia, ousted a World Junior Champion, Rowan
having twisted her ankle five days ago.
Another upset in the Egypt clan was the defeat of #7, Zeina
Mickawy, against compatriot and Alexandria Sporting Club
Nouran El Torky.
for the Hosts, Defending champion Grégoire Marche, second
seeded Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet and women’s World
No.26 Coline Aumard will appear in the quarter-finals
after the trio claimed opening day wins on home soil in front of
a numerous, passionate and delighted crowd.
Marche got his efforts to win a third successive title in
Nantes off to a winning start after he recovered from a game
down to claim a 3-1
victory over Egyptian qualifier Mazen Gamal, taking it 8-11,
11-4, 11-4, 11-4 in 45 minutes.
He will face the man he beat in the 2016 final - England’s
Chris Simpson - for a place in the last four after Simpson
marked his return from an eight-month injury layoff with
a win against Egypt’s Shehab Essam.
Castagnet came through an all-French first round
clash with Lucas Serme to earn his place in the last eight.
Castagnet, a former World No.6 making his Nantes debut, got the
better of Serme in the opening two games after attacking well
but he looked to be falling physically in the third as Serme
halved the deficit.
The 30-year-old recovered though in the fourth to close out the
win by an 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 margin, setting up a
quarter-final fixture with Ben Coleman in the process.
Castagnet will take on England’s Ben Coleman in the next
round after Coleman claimed a surprise win over compatriot
Declan James, while there were also wins for Egyptian maverick
Mazen Hesham, Switzerland’s
Nicolas Mueller, Qatar’s
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Finland’s
Coline Aumard will carry home hopes on her shoulders in
the women’s PSA W15 tournament after she got the better of
19-year-old Egyptian Menna Hamed.
It was a physical encounter between the two with the referee
constantly being called into action and points going back and
forth between them as Aumard eventually prevailed by an 11-7,
11-13, 11-7, 11-6 margin.
The women’s top seed, World No.22
Millie Tomlinson, is also through to the last eight
courtesy of a win over tournament wildcard Julie Rossignol, with
a 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 victory setting up a quarter-final
meeting with Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam.
Fiona Moverley was also a victor on day one and she will
take on Japan’s
Misaki Kobayashi for a place in the semi-finals, while
Nele Gilis and Egypt's Nouran El Torky will meet
in the other women’s quarter-final.
Maison du Squash
Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-0  Mohamed Reda (Egy)
11-5, 11-7, 14-12 (47m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi
(Qat) 3-1 [WC] Auguste Dussourd (Fra)
8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (41m)
(Eng) 3-1 [Q] Shehab Essam (Egy)
11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-4 (48m)
 Mazen Hesham (Egy) 3-1 [Q] George Parker (Eng)
11-6, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7 (47m)
(Sui) 3-1 [Q] Mohammad Al Sarraj (Jor)
11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-0  Declan James (Eng)
12-10, 11-8, 11-6 (55m)
Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-1 [WC] Julie Rossignol (Fra)
9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)
(Mas) 3-2  Rowan Elaraby (Egy)
3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Nouran El Torky
(Egy) 3-2  Zeina Mickawy (Egy)
11-8, 5-11, 12-14, 11-5, 11-2 (51m)
(Can) v Julianne Courtice (Eng)
11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5 (41m)
(Jpn) 3-1 Rachael Chadwick (Eng)
9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
(Eng) 3-1 [Q] Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)
11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 (36m)
Nefs - Glass
(Bel) 3-2 Hana Moataz (Egy)
11-2, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (60m)
(Fra) 3-1 [Q] Mazen Gamal (Egy)
8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (45m)
(Fra) 3-1 [Q] Menna Hamed (Egy)
11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 (55m)
(Fra) v Lucas Serme (Fra)
11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (68m)
Les Machines de L'ile