ACCUEIL - TODAY
Saturday 18th Feb - SEMIS
[5/8] Caleb Boy (Eng) 3-1 [13/16]
Daniel Lewis (Wal)
15-13, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7
 Rowan Damming (Ned) 3-2 [5/8] Abdelrahman Sadek (Egy)
2-11, 11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10
[5/8] Torrie Malik (Eng) 3-0 [9/12] Fayrouz Abouelkheir
11-9, 11-5, 11-2
 Asia Harris (Eng) 3-0 [9/12] Layla Johnson (Eng)
11-9, 11-3, 13-11
 Marek Panacek (Cze) 3-1 [13/16] Paul Gonzalez (Fra)
11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4
[3/4] Adam Goad (Eng) 3-2 [5/8] Alhassan Khalil (Eng)
9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5
[5/8] Maia Pannell (Eng) 3-1 [5/8] Marie-Amélie
10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10
Amber Copley (Eng) 3-2 [9/12] Niki Shemirani (Iri) v
9-11, 14-12, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7
[5/8] Yannick Wilhelmi (Sui) 3-0 [15/32] Noah Hateau
11-6, 11-5, 11-3
 Viktor Byrtus (Cze) 3-0 [5/8] Oscar Beach (Eng)
11-7, 11-2, 11-2
[3/4] Karina Tyma (Pol) 3-0  Alina Bushma (Ukr)
 Fleur Maas (Ned) 3-1 [3/4] Ambre Allinckx (Sui)
11-9, 11-2, 7-11, 11-6
[5/8] Sanjay Jeeva (Bel) 3-2 [5/8] Liam Eason (Wal)
13-11, 4-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-6
[3/4] David Zeman (Cze) 3-1  Roman Allinckx (Sui) v
11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7
 Kristyna Fialova (Cze) 3-0 [3/4] Maëlle Fuhrer
11-9, 11-7, 11-9
 Hannah Craig (Irl) 3-0 [5/8] Laura Gamblin (Fra)
11-5, 11-9, 11-9
THAT WAS A LONG DAY
Quarters were fatal for most top seeds. #1 & two 3/4 fells to two
English, Torrie Malik et Layla Johnson and to Egypt Fayrouz
Abouelkheir. Only surviror, Asia Harris hold her seeding.
Semis were on the same pattern: two matches, two contrasted physical
types. Asia & Torrie, tall and powerful, against smaller players with a
squash based on technique, Layla Johnson et Fayrouz Abouelkheir.
Layla resisted her compatriot Asia, but finally bowed. Second semis, a
few too many decisions apparently, but Egyptian's shots were not enough
So, here we have an All English Final, Asia Harris & Torrie Malik, both
girls yet having to lose a single game in the event.
About the same story for the quarters, only 1 top seed managing to reach
the semis, Rowan Damming.
Spectacular semis, with first Dutch Rowan Damming managing to
handle Egyptian Abdelrahman Sadek. Although losing two games
quite badly, the Dutch was able to clinch a victory in 5.
Second semi, with a great opposition of style - quick and dynamic
Caleb Boy from England, and the Welsh Daniel Lewis, more
settled squash. Daniel had had a great event thus far, ousting Belgium
no1 Nathan Masset and French Antonin Romieu.
First blood went to Caleb, the Welsh drawing level quickly. But the
English seemed quicker and more determined, victory to Caleb. The final
should be riveting as both finalists possess spectacular squash.
Pools matches saw some upsets. Amber Coopley, unseeded, confirmed
her good form, while the three favorites - Ella Galova, Ninon
Lemarchand (retired injured) and Anya Stojanovic fell short
in the race for the group 1st place. Hence two unexpected semis.
Amber - the surprise of the event so far - kept on her wining course,
clinching a five setter against Iranian Niki Shemirani. She'll
face her compatriot Maia Pannell, who dominated Belgium Marie-Amélie
It was a better day for the favorites in that category, with seed1
Marek Panacek killing off nicely all local home players.
He swept Mattéo Cremoux in the quarters, then showed his focus ability
in the semi against French Paul Gonzalez who truly threatened the Czech,
but the "LittleMarek" showed that size truly didn't matter...
Marek will play English Adam Goad, who had to battle in the
quarters against Ryan Lewis in 4 games.
Then another true fight in the semis against Alhassan Khalil ,
two similar styles grinding each other. And it's the one that was the
less tired, Adam, that gets to play the final against Marek...
Finally an age group where the top 4 seeds reached the quarters - and
the only one for that matter!
A bit of a scare for Alina Bushma in the quarters against Northen
Ireland Ellie McVeigh. Leading 2/0 comfortably, she found herself
having to clinch the match in the 5th....
Polish Karina Tyma had also to
fight hard against English Eve Coxon, whose short game truly
caused troubles to the English based Polish girl, who finally overcame
her opponent thanks to a perfect lenght game. And in the semis,
Karina was just offering fireworks to Alina Bushma, imposing
her game nicely.
In the other semi, Dutch Fleur Maas dominated Swiss Ambre
Allinckx, but will have to sort out her little drop of focus she
seemed to have in her today's match.
The top two quarters were pretty close... French Noah Hateau was
able to beat l'Anglais Perry Malik in 4 close games, while
Yannick Wilhelmi clinched English Junior Star Sam Todd - well
done for your tournament Toddy Junior!
The bottom draw was more straight forward, English Oscar Beach and Czech
Viktor Rybus got to the seis without dropping a game.
Semis were more onesided. Suffering from a twisted ankle, Noah Hateau
was not able to find the energy to fight against favorite Wilhelmi
while Czech Viktor Rybus
walzed through the second semi, beating easily Oscar Beach,
thanks to a good territorial domination and superb power squash.
Finallly an age group where seeding was respected, with
Hannah Craig and Krystina Fialova played a pretty perfect
tournament from the word go, winning top position of the pools then
beating the 2nd of the pools in the semis.
The two French representatives, Laura Gamblin and Maëlle Fuhrer were not
able to unsettle the favourites, but assure France of a bronze.
Very high quality squash today in that age group. Belgium Sanjay
Jeeva created the upset dispatching of favourite Elliott
Morris from Wales in three.
Bottom draw, two very intense matches: Roman Allinckx had to find
his best defensive game to overcome Edwin Clain, and David
Zeman was forced to a decider against Indian Vikas Mehra.
As for the semis, it was the same intense atmosphere. The Belgium's
technique made the difference, and Sanjay beat Liam Eason from Wales in
an nailbitting five setter - Liam has had a few of the "Gawad style
matches" this weekend! In the other semi, Czech David Zeman got
the better of Roman Allinckx who didn't seem to have recovered
from his previous tough match.