• French Open Junior • Lille • du 20 au 23 février 2014 •  

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[3/4] Eve COXON (Eng) 3-0 [5/8] Nour EL LAMEY (Egy)
                          11/6, 11/2, 13/11 (14mn)
Place 3/4

[3/4] Daniek KRUKKERT (Ned) 3/2 [5/8] Lucinda CROSS (Eng)                    5-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-3, 13-11

A quick affair for Eve that really charmed everybody here in Lille. Her perfect manners, polite and fair on court, and making the effort of thanking officials in French have been a hit, and the refs were impressed by the little girl... Nour (nothing wrong with her behaviour!!!) did her best today, and finished strongly, but was a bit unlucky at the end.

As for the 3/4, what a match, 13/11 in the 5th, bless them, I'm not sure that I would have had the heart/legs, even at 11/12 years old, to fight that bravely that early in the morning, bless those little future champions...




[3/4] Jared CARTER (Eng) 3/1 [9/16] Utkarsh BAHETI (Ind)
                         8/11, 11/7, 11/1, 11/6
Place 3/4
[2] Conor MORAN (Irl) 3-0 [5/8] Srikar MUMMIDI (Wal)
                            11/3, 15/13, 11/5 (30m)


For Jared, a slow start against Utkarsh, but finding his confidence again, he takes the next three. As for Welsh Srikar, he really has got to find a way to settle nerves, as like yesterday, he only started playing his game later in the match bless him. Conor gets a little consolation and gets to the podium. Well done to the 4 of them to reach that stage of the competition...


[5/8] Engy HAMOUDA 3-2 [1] Nadiia USENKO (Ukr)
                     12/10, 11/4, 6/11, 6/11, 11/7
Place 3/4

 [5/8] Karina TYMA (Eng) w.o [2] Alina BUSHMA (Ukr)

If the 3/4 didn't happen (remember I told you about Karina Tyma getting a knee injury in her semi yesterday against Engy), my my, the final DID take place, drama and all!!

First game for the Egyptian, 12/10, who also dominates the 2nd, 8/4, when a ball violently hits the Ukranian nose. 15m delay, and if Nadiia loses the 2nd without scoring another point, 11/4, she comes back with a vengeance in the 3rd and 4th, 11/6, 11/6. But Engy wouldn't be denied, and she clinches the title in the (first?) upset of the day, 11/7 in the 5th...


Final - 11h40
[1] Victor CROUIN (Fra) 3-0 [3/4] Hugo MANDIL (Fra)
           11/3, 11/6, 11/4 (23mn)
Place 3/4

[9/16] Ahmed El Mashad (Egy) 3-1 [2] Viktor BYRTUS (Cze)                       8/11, 11/1, 11/2, 11/9

The final was an all French affair, with we knew it, a bit of a "knackered" Hugo Mandil, having had 2 mega matches the day before, 5 setters, and very emotional. Victor on the other end, dominated his opponent with poise and much quicker bless him, and arrived much fresher in this final.
Easily said, but you still have to win it from 2/0 up, as Jonah Barrington says, it's the hardest thing to do.. Victor didn't tremble, and closed it out in 3.
Place 3/4
Superb match for this podium, and the score doesn't reflect the hard work that has been produced by the two of them during the whole match.

Viktor pushed Ahmed to visit the court a few hundred times, and the Egyptian, well, did the same! Ahmed was a bit more expressive with his emotions than his opponent, and that frustrated the Czech a bit. But what an ending in the 4th! 6/6, then match ball for Ahmed, two saved, but a last great deep straight drive, Viktor flies in the back corner, hurting himself in the process, but it's no good.. Game and Match Egypt...


[1] Elin HARLOW (Wal) 3/2 [2] Kace BARTLEY (Eng)
                                6/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5, 11/5 (33mn)
Place 3/4
[3/4] Elise ROMBA (Fra) 3-0 [3/4] Céline WALSER (Sui)
                               11/9, 11/6, 11/7




[3/4] Benjamin AUBERT (Fra) 3-2 [1] Enzo CORIGLIANO (Fra)                     11/3, 11/13, 2/11, 12/10, 11/8
Place 3/4
[17/32] Jack MARTELL (Eng) 3-1 [5/8] Laurence Green (Eng)                            11/8,  7/11, 11/5, 11/4


Another all French final, with an twist. "It's a shame those two are playing in the semis in our coming up French U19 nationals, said Fred Lecomte, French Junior National Coach. "They are in the part of the draw, and they are probably the strongest in France at the moment.

"Aubert did a good match, focused. It's nice to see him coming back at his best after more than a year away from the courts due to a knee/patella trouble. It was a good match, Enzo didn't do much wrong, maybe just a bit of slowing down at the end of th match. Fair game.


[3/4] Marie STEPHAN 3-0 [1] Nele GILIS (Bel)
                       11/7, 11/5, 11/2 (25mn)
Place 3/4
[2] Lily TAYLOR (Eng) 3-2 [3/4] Emilia SOINI (Fin)
                      11/8, 9/11, 11/6, 7/11, 11/4 (31mn)

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Nele Gilis @NeleGilis
Lost out 3-0 in the final against a superb playing Marie, all credit to her..It's been a bad few days for me at the office, but I'll be back.. #exhausted


[1] Angus GILLAMS (Eng) 3-2 [3/4] Lyell FULLER (Eng)
                     9/11, 9/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/4 (70mn)
Place 3/4
[3/4] Auguste DUSSOURD (Fra) 3/2 [2] David RYAN (Irl)
                     8/11, 11/5, 14/12, 9/11, 11/6 (66mn)







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