08-Sep: Quarters, Take Two...
Not a good day
for the Frogs, but really not...
Two French defeats out of two matches, well, that's done! Men’s
World No.26 Mathieu Castagnet and women’s World No.26 Coline
Aumard bowed out...
French No.3 Castagnet lost out to England’s World No.54
Ben Coleman in his quarter-final fixture after he was
forced to retire due to injury in the fourth game, a recurring
injury in his left calf, shaking hand at 7/4 in the 4th, to lose
5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-4.
appear in his biggest ever semi-final against Switzerland’s
Nicolas Mueller after he overcame Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd
Al Tamimi by an 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 margin.
The match began evenly as a number of quick-fire encounters
captivated the spectators at Les Machines de l’île but Mueller
soon pulled away from 4-4 to open up a one-game lead, in part
thanks to the effectiveness of his forehand volley drops, with
four of his last five points being won on that side.
Mueller continued to squeeze errors out of his opponent in the
second but errors soon began to come from the racket of the
Swiss player in the third as Al Tamimi picked up the pace and
utilised his impressive retrieval skills to claw a game back.
Mueller reinserted himself on proceedings though in the fourth
to close it out 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4.
Hollie Naughton brought an end to Aumard’s tournament
after she fought back from three match balls down to beat the
number three seed and end French interest in the women’s draw.
The World No.38 started impressively as she powered to a
two-game lead. Aumard finally found her range in the third and
fourth games to draw level but couldn't make the most of
multiple match balls in the fifth as Naughton came back to win
it 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10.
Naughton will take on England's
Fiona Moverley for a place on the showpiece finale
after she dispatched Japan's Misaki Kobayashi by a 3-1 margin.
Moverley cruised to a two-game lead and, after Kobayashi fought
back in the third to halve the deficit, the World No.24 held her
nerve in the fourth to earn her place in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Quarters, Bottom Draw
(Can) 3-2  Coline Aumard (Fra)
11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10 (61m)
(Eng) 3-1  Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
11-2, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11 (40m)
(Sui) 3-1  Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (Qat)
11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (44m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-1  Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-4 retired (53m)
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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