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WISPA des Pyramides 2011
28 Jun - 03 Jul, Port Marly, France , $26k

03-Jul, Final:

[1] Camille Serme (Fra) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
           11/4, 11/4, 6/11, 11/9 (60m)

Serme provides home win

Top seed
Camille Serme delighted the home fans in Le Port Marly, on the outskirts of Paris, as she collected her sixth WISPA title - but her first for just over two years - with a four-game win over Natalie Grinham in the final of the fifth edition of the WISPA des Pyramides.

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WISPA des Pyramides 2011
28 Jun - 03 Jul, Port Marly, France , $26k
Round One
30 Jun
01 Jul
02 Jul
03 Jul
[1] Camille Serme (Fra)
 11/8, 11/4, 11/3 (28m)
[Q] Stephanie Edmison (Can)
[1] Camille Serme
 11/2, 11/2, 11/8 (27m)
[7] Lucie Fialova
[1] Camille Serme

11/6, 11/4, 11/9 (42m)

[3] Dipika Pallikal

[1] Camille Serme

11/4, 11/4, 6/11, 11/9 (60m)

[2] Natalie Grinham

[7] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
 13/11, 2/11, 11/7, 11/6 (37m)
Sina Wall (Ger)
[3] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/2, 15/13, 11/2 (45m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
[3] Dipika Pallikal
11/9, 11/3, 11/9 (18m)
[8] Tenille Swartz
[8] Tenille Swartz (Rsa)
11/3, 11/0, 11/2 (20m)
[Q] Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
Emily Whitlock (Eng)
4/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/8 (41m)
[6] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
[6] Joshna Chinappa
11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 11/3 (47m)
[4] Aisling Blake
[6] Joshna Chinappa

12/10, 11/4, 11/2 (29m)

[2] Natalie Grinham

[Q] Celia Allamargot (Fra)
11/9, 11/4, 11/8 (33m)
[4] Aisling Blake (Irl)
[Q] Coline Aumard
11/9, 8/11, 11/13, 11/9, 11/5 (74m)
[5] Line Hansen (Den)
[5] Line Hansen
11/9, 11/7, 11/8 (30m)
[2] Natalie Grinham
Adel Weir-Nunan (Rsa)
11/6, 11/4, 11/3 (19m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)

29-Jun, Qualifying Finals:

Célia Allamargot (Fra) bt Siyoli Waters (Rsa)                        11/9, 11/6, 12/10 (31m)
Stephanie Edmison (Can) bt Catalina Pelaez (Col)        11/7, 10/12, 11/6, 11/4
Lotte Eriksen (Nor) bt Faustine Gilles (Fra)                     5/11, 11/7, 11/7, 11/8
Coline Aumard (Fra) bt
Chloé Mesic (Fra)                        8/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/6

28-Jun, Qualifying Round One:

Siyoli Waters (Rsa)  bye
Celia Allamargot (Fra) bt Melissa Alves (Fra)                      11/2, 13/11, 11/6 (25m)
Stephanie Edmison (Can) bt Milja Dorenbos (Ned)
                  11/5, 11/8 11/8 (28m)
Catalina Pelaez (Col) bt Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)                     12/10, 11/6, 13/11 (36m)
Faustine Gilles (Fra) bt Julia Lecoq (Fra)                              13/11, 11/1, 11/9 (27m)
Lotte Eriksen (Den) bye
Chloe Mesic (Fra) bt Belen Etchechoury (Arg)                11/5, 11/6, 7/11, 11/8 (39m)
Coline Aumard (Fra)  bye

the Promotional Video

How it was made

02-Jul, Semis:

[1] Camille Serme (Fra) bt [3] Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
           11/6, 11/4, 11/9 (42m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned) bt [6] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
           12/10, 11/4, 11/2 (29m)

Top seeds progress to Pyramides final

Top seeds Camille Serme and Natalie Grinham both beat their Indian opponents to reach the final of the 2011 edition of the WISPA des Pyramides Open.

In the first semi-final Grinham and Joshna Chinappa quickly got into their strides, short rallies with a lot of attempted attacks and interceptions, all successfully.

Chinappa took a 6-0 lead and kept it until she earned gameballs at 10-6, but then Natalie turned on the turbo to take the next six points to win the game 12-10.

The Dutchwoman was on top in the second, blocking the attacks of Joshna to lead 6-2 and 10-4, as Joshna is a bit overwhelmed by the pace.

From the start of the third game it was clear that Chinappa was out of it, Grinham dominated in all areas of the game and won 11-2 to take the match in 29 minutes.

"I thought I played quite well today. Joshna can hit some amazing shots if you let her, so I had to try to move her and stretch her which is hard to do because she is tall and has a good reach.

"I’m happy to be off in three games after being down 10-6 in the first game. And happy to be in the final of this great event!"

"I played well in the first game to lead but couldn't close it. I wasn’t patient enough and she played very well."

Home favourite Serme then took on Dipika Pallikal. The opening game was  even up to 6-all but Serme bossed the end of the tough 9-minute game, winning the last five points to take the lead.

It was a similar story in the second as Dipika led 4/3 but Camille again finishes strongly, hitting good lengths to take it 11/4 in 8 minutes.

Both attacked in the third as the lead changed hands several times. Errors from Camille allow Dipika to lead 9/7, but once again the Frenchwoman finishes strongly, this time taking four points in a row to seal the victory.

"This is the first time I've reach the finals of the Pyramids so I'm happy, it's positive.

"It was a good battle, especially in the third game as she made very few mistakes and some nice attacking shots. She has an attacking game so I knew I had to play close to the walls.

"Tomorrow is a big game! I've never beaten Natalie so I have nothing but envy, no pressure ... And also public support, it can help ..."

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01-Jul, Quarters:

[1] Camille Serme bt [7] Lucie Fialova
                            11/2, 11/2, 11/8 (27m)
[3] Dipika Pallikal bt [8] Tenille Swartz
                            11/9, 11/3, 11/9 (18m)
[6] Joshna Chinappa bt [4] Aisling Blake
                          11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 11/3 (47m)
[2] Natalie Grinham bt [5] Line Hansen
                          11/9, 11/7, 11/8 (30m)

Joshna joins top three

It was another good day for the top seeds in Le Port Marly, with Camille Serme, Natalie Grinham and Dipika Pallikal all moving into the semi-finals in straight games.

In the only upset of the day Joshna Chinappa made it two Indians in the last four as she beat fourth seed Aisling Blake in the longest match of the day.

"It was a great experience for me to play with such a champion like Camille; I enjoyed playing her and I will learn from this match and try to work hard on my game to keep improving."

"I am happy with my game tonight. I had not played Lucie since juniors, but I knew roughly what to expect ...

"I had a good length in the first two games, which allowed me to attack on good opportunities. In the third game, I lost this length and Lucie benefited, returning good shots ...

"Happy to win 3/0. Tomorrow a new game, another battle ..."

"Dipika was playing really tight and good squash today with very few errors. I tried to keep her deep but had too many short lengths which gave her the opportunity to attack the ball.

"Her pace was a bit too much for me in the second game, in the third I started playing the correct game but unfortunately couldn’t keep it together."


"It's always good to get off in three. Every game was played at a high pace, so I had to stay strong mentally and physically from the beginning. Every game was tough, and when she started coming back in the third I just had to stay focused. The last time we played I won 11/9 in the fifth so I knew It was going to be tough, so I m glad to get off in three. Looking forward to playing Camille tomorrow."

"It was a hard game. I tried to be as patient as I could and that helped me play a lot better.. I was deff more relaxed today than I was for yesterdays match. I am happy to get through to the semis."

"Hot, bouncy courts, I thought that would favour me more as Joshna plays quite an attacking game and the ball would sit up a bit but she obviously didn’t get that memo and found the nicks anyway. Nevertheless it was a great tournament here, club members and organisers are very welcoming and we’re being treated extremely well, shame I couldn’t go further in the tournament……next year…"

"Good match, enjoyed it. She played better than me and deserved to win...

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29-Jun, Qualifying Finals:
Celia and Coline advance

Double success for France in the qualifying finals in Port Marly as Coline Aumard fulfilled her second seeding, beating compatriot Chloe Mesic in four games, while Celia Allamargot upset top seed Siyoli Waters in three close games.

Norway's Lotte Eriksen and Canada's Stephanie Edmison claimed the other two qualifying places. 

Match points from Jean-Christophe Harriau

A good start for Chloe, who played simple effective squash. A missed drop shot and a stroke gave Chloe a 9/6 lead, and she won the first game 11/8. Coline attacked the second game with determination, and quickly led 7/0, winning the game 11/4.

The third game was like the first, but two errors from Chloe and a winning shot allow Coline to win the game 11/7. Coline took control of the "T" in the fourth and won the game 11/6 and the match in 35 min.

Chloe played a good match, but Coline was stronger on this one.

Lottie and Faustine players used their striking power to destabilize the opponent from the beginning, the rallies are not very long.

Faustine won first game with authority and beautiful winning shots. The three last games are still tight but Faustine made too many mistakes and Lotte passed through the main draw in 36 min.

Two opposite styles from two different girls in the very interesting Stephanie v Catalina match! Stephanie imposed a high pace of play in the first.

The second game is more balanced, after a stroke for Catalina on her opponent's game ball, she won with two beautiful shots, 12/10. Catalina seemed a bit tired in the third and couldn't have easy winning shots. She is really tired in the fourth and Stephanie won the match in 38 min.

Célia played well and concentrated. She kept the same tactic all match long on a very hot court, leading the match from beginning to end.

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28-Jun, Qualifying Round One:
French hat-trick in Port Marly

Three home players won through the first qualifying round as the WISPA des Pyramides got under way in Port Marly, on the outskirts of Paris, with five matches only one of which went past three games.

Chloe Mesic, Faustine Gilles and Celia Allamargot will contest Wednesday's qualifying finals, with one French addition to the main draw guaranteed as Mesic takes on Coline Aumard, one of the stars of the promotional video produced for the event (scroll down below the draw if you haven't seen it yet, definitely worth a watch).

Colombia's Catalina Pelaez and Canadian Stephanie Edmison stopped the French run with wins over Cyrielle Peltier and Milja Dorenbos.

"It's the second or third time I have played Cyrielle," said Catalina. "We have played in junior tournaments and it has always been fun to play her. We had three close games, Cyrielle played well. I tried to be patient and keep the rallies long and it worked. I am looking forward to play with Stephanie tomorrow."

Edmison, despite having spent time in Dorenbos's home country of Holland, had never before played Milja in a tournament.

"I lived in Holland all of last year, never played her but knew her game style well and was excited to see how the match would play out. I found the courts very hot and it q little difficult to control the ball; however once I got a feel for the court I felt in control.

"Milja played very well I think I just out played her with pace and I am just happy to be through to the next round."

Dorenbos added: "Stephanie was playing a quick game. I tried to keep up, but I felt it was really hard on these hot courts. My balls were flying everywhere, and my shots were in the tin a lot.

"So Stehanie played well and used the court to her advantage.
Good luck to everyone else!"

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