[3/4] Oliver Holland (Eng) v [9/16] Richie Fallows (Eng)
11/8, 11/9, 11/1 Place 3/4
 Tom Ford (Eng) 3-1  Tom de Mulder (Bel)
4-11 11-4 11-4 11-6
can't help feeling sorry for Melissa, not to take anything away from
Julia. But it became obvious from the middle of the 4th that Melissa
was suffering again from that old recurring injury under her foot.
Julia took a very good start, profiting from a Melissa that was a
bit slow off the blocks. But slowly, Melissa charged her guns with heavy
power and really hit hard and with an excellent lenght, pinning down her
opponent to the back wall, and finishing nicely at the front.
But after that, her movement got sluggier and you know the rest.
you, Julia was not as error proned today that she can be, that's an
excellent sign that she is maturing, only 11 tins the whole match, she
is on the right track. That way, her nice shots were good enough to put
Melissa under pressure, and a better percentage game, less risks.
We all know how hard it is to play an injured player, and Julia did
extremely not to tremble. She kept hitting hard and low, Melissa
couldn't get to the ball in time, and the Parisian girl takes her first
French Open title for her last participation, I'm told she is only the
4th French girl ever to take that title, and takes over Camille Serme,
title holder in 2007.
[5/8] George Parker (Eng) 3-1
 Claudio Pinto (Por)
8/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/1 Place 3/4
 Manuel Wanner 3-2 [9/16] Auguste Dussourd (Fra)
3-11 11-6 11-7 9-11 11-6
hear say for those two. The girls' match was all about fair play
apparently, but it's the Finish girl that takes it rather easily.
As for the boys, I'm told that from the second game, poor
Claudio was flat as a pan cake, and turned as white as a
sheet. I'm sure he was not at his top physically...
U15 Boys [3/4] Blal Nawar (Egy)
[3/4] James Peach (Eng) 11/9,
3/11, 11/8, 9/11, 11/7
Place 3/4 [9/16] Mohanad Haikal (Egy) 3-0
 Enzo Corigliano (Fra) 11/6, 11/7,
U15 Girls  Tinne Gilis (Bel)
[3/4] Georgina KENNEDY (Eng)
12/10, 11/9, 11/8 Place 3/4
 Elin Harlow (Wal) 3-1 [3/4] Laura Gamblin
11/8, 11/9, 13/15, 11/9
the girls, couldn't move from the office, but my photographer
Patrick Le Fur told me that Georgina was the one doing the
game, while the Belgium girl was retrieving everything,
squeezing errors out of Georgina.
Which confirms what I saw yesterday, I remember writing about
Georgina making a lot of unforced errors in the first, then
cutting down. I guess that the pressure from Tinne was
probably higher today game wise...
an empty seat for the boys' final (not much left for the
girls either to be honest), with the crowd initially not taking
side, but gradually supporting the English boy more and more
vocally, especially when he clawed back from 2/1 down, giving it
all on there.
It has to be said that the constant victory screeeeeaaaaming
from the young Egyptians on the English errors had a lot to do
with most of the audience taking side for the English boy. Maybe
something the parents/coaches could have a think about...
James kept his calm from the begining to the end,
although he was really behind in the decider, 6/2, 7/3, as
Blal was taking advange of a little drop of energy from his
opponent, finding some lovely attacks and great length. The
English boy run an awful lot and it looked like the end was near,
but he dug in, fumes and all, to claw back to 6/7, but that took
the last of whatever little he had left.
very professionally, Blal stringed the last points, to set up
his first match ball 10/6, to finally close it 11/7.
With complete dignity and calm, he shook his opponent's hand,
the refs, and had none of the abitoverthetop his supporters had.
only to make a nice play on word, as the intensity on court was high
enough between two close friends.
Perein, very intense, and physically stronger than Nour - who is still
quite solid for an under 13, was hitting the ball with an impressive
strength and length. Nour was doing her best to counter attack her
friends cannon balls, and still placed some lovely shots.
But as Perein has got a lovely trickle boast that comes on support of
her power, she would have been hard to beat, even by somebody from the
next age group...
U13 Boys [9/16] Mostafa Montaser (Egy)
3-1  Victor Crouin (Fra)
11/7, 7/11, 11/4, 11/1
Place 3/4 Aly Mohamed Hassan (Egy) 3-0 [3/4] Tom Walsh (Eng)
11/8, 11/6, 11/3
It was weird to go back to "normal 12 years old" boys after
seeing very mature/strong/tall girls of the same age.
I saw Mostafa win yesterday, I had the feeling that he
wouldn't stop in the semis. After destroying his compatriots one
after the other, he was on a roll and just outplayed Victor
Little Victor (his shorts could be long pants really)
just couldn't pass the Egyptian volleying, apart from the second
game, where Mostafa was a bit less dominant on the T.
The 4th was a squash lesson, the Egyptian stringing the points
up to 10/0, simply by placing the ball accurately at the front,
volleying beautifully, and counterattacking to crown it all..
was a bit surprising is that from the first rally, Mostafa was
raising a close fist in sign of victory after each point won, I
was therefore expecting a gigantic explosion at the end.
But no, he shook his opponent's hand, thanked his God, and
walked out, bless him...