19e OPEN DE FRANCE JUNIOR 2012
du 16 au 19 février - Lille
Does start to make a bit of sense, at least, I know what is being played,
and at what time!
This morning, quick breakfast with Geoff Hunt, who was not too
unhappy with the Qatari Boys, both U17 and 19 getting to the second
round, and playing pretty well. Also, always nice to hear how it can/should
be done, from somebody who knows a bit about the keys of success.
And we have two upsets in the quarters, in the U13 Boys,
Seed 2, James Wyatt, is out, and so
is Jules Cremoux U15 Boys, also seed
2, both losing out to Egyptians outsiders...
Not going to pretend I saw or heard of all
the matches. But we had a few surprises today and a few seeds will play
in the plates or small finals tomorrow.
Not a seed in sight in the U13 girls, Nour Yasser and
Perein Abou Seada will assure tomorrow an Egyptian final.
For the U13 boys, a tough one for French Victor Crouin, a
lucky boy as he takes the match 17/15 in the 4th. He'll play [9/16]
Mostafa Montaser who keeps killing off his compatriots 3/0, he was
U15 boys :
[3/4] James Peach (Eng) 3-0
 Enzo Corigliano (Fra)
11/7, 11/9, 12/10
[3/4] Blal Nawar (Egy) 3-0 [9/16] Mohanad Haikal (Egy)
11/7, 11/3, 11/9
big disapointment for the French as Enzo Corigliano lost in
straight games against solid English James Peach.
James was strong both mentally and physically, he was accurate at the
back, and had all the time in the world to adjust his shots as Enzo
lacked aggression and length today.
In yet another all Egyptian semis, we were spoiled. A great match, so
disputed, lots of throwing themselves on the floor, splipping into
splits, looooads of running, and great retrieving. In other words, a
normal day in an Egyptian Office!!! Blal was stronger in the end,
maybe more a question of self believe than anything else...
U15 Girls (Wam)
[3/4] Georgina KENNEDY (Eng)
3-1  Elin Harlow (Wal)
8/11, 11/8, 11/5, 12/10
 Tinne Gilis (Ger)
3-0 [3/4] Laura Gamblin
11/7, 11/3, 11/9
Didn't see anything from Tinne v Laura,
but I saw a few rallies of the Kennedy/Harlow game. One of those matches
looks like there is going to be only one winner, and you come back, and
it's the other one that took the cake!
Basically, Georgina was making a lot of unforced errors, but she cut
them down later on.... That could be an explanation. If somebody watched
the end, please don't hesitate to write to me!!!
the U17 Boys, it's English Boy Georges Parker that give Manuel
Wanner the pusth, two very tough game, 12/10, 12/10, the 3rd easier.
Claudio Pinto, seeded 2 on the reverse, didn't tremble and takes no
French prisonner in Auguste Dussourd.
For the U17 girls, at LAST at bit of order, although seed 1 Kristyna
Alexova took 5 games to get rid of Lucy Beecroft. Simpler for
Emila Soini, S2, 3/0 against Anna Kimberley.
We are arriving to the "Cocorico Français", the shout of victory for the
French at last, as we have a French winner in the U19 girls! No,
not a clairvoyant, only Julia Lecoq that beats favourite Nele
Gilis from Belgium in 4 games and will meet up with Melissa Alves
who is still to lose a game in this tournament...
At least but not last, let's burn the seeding sheet for the U19, as it's
all changed!!! Oli Holland took his time, but off Tom de
Mulder goes, 3/2, and same difference for Richie Fallow, in
ALL THE RESULTS
En Bref, #3
Photos # 3
 Enzo Corigliano (Fra) 3-1 [17/32] Laurence Green (Eng)
10/12, 11/5, 11/3, 11/7
[3/4] James Peach (Eng) 3-0 [9/16] Lucas Rousselet (Fra)
11/6, 11/2, 11/1
was a bit of a nervous time for the French support for seed 1 Enzo
Corigliano, from New Caledonia that now trains under Benoît
Letourneau in Le Mans. Enzo encountered heavy resistance from
English boy Laurence Green, whose accuracy and determination
really caused trouble to the tournament favourite.
But as often, the hard work produced in the first - Laurence did take
the first game, but was physically a bit in the red at the end - paid
off for Enzo, as he had much less resistance in the following two games.
Laurence found his second wind in the 4th, it was a really good game,
but home boy wins it in the end, 11/7.
As for James Peach, he was just far too good for Lucas
Rousselet today. The Frenchman just couldn't put much pressure on
his opponent, couldn't find much length and kept running! To be noted
that the boy used to be a bit chubby, and suddenly, he grew up, and is
now all arms and legs!!!!
[3/4] Blal Nawar (Egy) v [9/16] Bradley Masters (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 9/11, 11/4
[9/16] Mohanad Haikal (Egy) 3-0
 Jules Cremoux (Fra)
11/7, 11/8 11/5
big upset in the French camp, as 2 seed Jules Cremoux, from
Casseneuil, has lost in three game against a very talented Mohanad
Haikal, and for what I saw (very little), the Egyptian was in
control, and from 2/0 up, was as all Egyptians, lethal. The French
player tried everything he could think of, but Mohanad was a notch too
Masters has nothing to reproach himself!
He gave all he had, fought very hard, and even took a game from a
relentless Blal Nawar, who never lost his concentration and
reassed quickly in the 4th...
A very entertaining match...
 Victor Crouin (Fra) 3-0
[5/8] Luke Logan (Irl)
11/4, 11/8, 11/5
[3/4] Tom Walsh (Eng) v [9/16] Hugo Mandil (Fra)
11/5, 11/4, 11/3
Victor Crouin impressed me, I
have to say. Such maturity in a 12 years old boy, his crosscourt lobs in
particular were putting Luke Logan under tremendous pressure, and
although the Irish has got an excellent counter drop, he just couldn't
compete today on the long rallies.
Second game was pretty disputed, and
had the British took it, things mentally could have been different. But
as it stood, from 2/0, the mountain was just too high.
Tom Walsh, well, just dominated the French Hugo Mandil
As I never saw Hugo play before, I cannot compare this
match to others, but today, Hugo was a bit overwhelmed by Tom's power
and accuracy, and was not able to find much length, ending up finding
the corner at the front and sending the ball to himself a lot. Tom, just
Aly Mohamed Hassan
(winner of James Wyatt)
Aly Mohamed Hassan (Egy) bt 
James Wyatt (Eng)
11/13, 11/4, 11/1, 11/8
[9/16] Mostafa Montaser (Egy) 3-0
[5/8] Youssef Abou Seada(Egy)
11/4, 11/8, 12/10
big match Wyatt/Hassan was, I missed the first game, that
apparently was pretty nice. But what I saw were excellent too.
James looked a bit tired physically for the 2nd and 3rd, and although he
fought hard, keeping in pretty long rallies, the Egyptian accuracy at
the back plus his patience made him very dominant territorially.
In the fourth, having recovered, the English boy was very much in the
match. A few collisions as the Egyptian was clearing the ball, but very
few decisions in a well structured, nearly "occidental" match, with long
disputed rallies, and a lot of points won at the back.
As for Montaser/Seada, the rallies were as short and furious as
the Wyatt/Hassan was structured and patient! Two attackers, very much in
a hurry to finish! The little Seada - made me think about Omar Abdel
Aziz for the reactions, bless him - was a bit too all over the place and
Mostafa just took advantage of it. A nice match though, played between