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Article et vidéo de la finale...

25-Nov, Final

[1] Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-2 Millie Tomlinson (Eng)
9/11 11/6 5/11 11/9 11/8 (70m)


So this is the end of the 21° Monte-Carlo Squash Classic 2016. After the win of Jenny Duncalf last year, this edition sees yet another English winner, which was highly predictable as we had a 100% English Final!

The final opposed the top seed 1 Vicki Lust against the upset of the tournament Millie Tomlinson.

The first game was an one way game for Millie who put under pressure on Vicki and finished 11/9.

In the second game, as Vicki was leading, a ball hit Millie at 5/3. She seems to have trouble recovering, losing the game 11/5.

The third game seems to be like the first match of yesterday, with some contacts and decisions and won by Millie after 12 minutes 11/6.

In the fourth, Vicki put under pressure her opponent and wanted to come back at the score, but too many mistakes at the begining. But still, as Millie was leading 9-7 she found the ressources to come back and clinch the game 11-9.

So in the fifth, nothing between the plaers, and none of them wants to let go of the title, but Vicki  finally won 11/8 the last game, which makes it her first ever title here in Monte-Carlo.

This 21th edition, full of surprises, have showed some new players like the young Hania El Hammamy.

Aslo, it was very pleasant to have the full French and Australian teams, and a few players of the Canadian Teams here in Monte-Carlo...

See  you all next year!


Monte-Carlo Classic 2016
du 21 au 25 novembre, Monaco, $25k
Premier Tour
22 nov
23 nov
24 nov
25 nov
[1] Victoria Lust (Eng)
11/4, 11/8, 11/3 (24m)
[wc] Laura Pomportes (Fra)
[1] Victoria Lust
11/5 11/9 9/11 8/11 11/5 (57m)
[7] Fiona Moverley
[1] Victoria Lust

8/11 11/7 9/11 11/7 12/10 (64m)

[8] Nadine Shahin
[1] Victoria Lust

9/11 11/6 5/11 11/9 11/8 (70m)

Millie Tomlinson

[7] Fiona Moverley (Eng)
11/6 7/11 12/10 11/3 (48m)
[Q] Nele Gilis (Bel)
[8] Nadine Shahin (Egy)
4/11, 11/1, 11/7, 12/10 (34m)
Milou van der Heijden (Ned)
[8] Nadine Shahin 7/11 11/5 11/9 6/11 12/10 (71m)
[4] Line Hansen
[4] Line Hansen (Den)
12/10, 9/11, 11/5, 9/11, 11/7 (71m)
Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy)
[Q] Hollie Naughton (Can)
8/11 11/4 13/11 11/1 (36m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
[Q] Hollie Naughton
11/3 11/5 11/9 (43m)
Millie Tomlinson
Millie Tomlinson

11/8 11/5 14/12 (44m)

[2] Donna Urquhart

Millie Tomlinson (Eng)
9/11 11/7 8/11 11/7 11/7 (69m)
[7] Olivia Blatchford (Usa)
[Q] Hana Ramadan (Egy)
11/8 ret. injured
[6] Coline Aumard (Fra)
[Q] Hana Ramadan  7/11 11/2  11/6 11/7 (38m)
[2] Donna Urquhart
[Q] Hania El Hammamy (Egy)
11/9 11/7 2/11 11/9 (48m)
[2] Donna Urquhart (Aus)

09 Nov 2015 - Qualifying:


[7] Hana Ramadan (Egy) 3-1 [1] Amina Yousry (Egy)           11/4, 11/4, 11/6 (33m)
[4] El Hammamy (Egy) v [8] Danielle Letourneau (Can) 11/4, 11/7, 7/11, 11/3 (33m)
[3] Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-0 [6] Tamika Saxby (Aus)                     11/6, 11/5, 11/3 (29m)
[5] Hollie Naughton (Can) 3-1 [2] Christine Nunn (Aus) 8/11, 11/9, 11/5, 11/3 (35m)

Round One:
[1] Amina Yousry (Egy) Bye
[7] Hana Ramadan (Egy) 3-0 Anna Serme (Cze)               11/6, 11/8, 11/6 (25m)
[8] Danielle Letourneau (Can) 3-0 Maria Toorpakai (Pak)  11/5, 11/4, 11/8 (19m)
[4] Hania El Hammamy (Egy) 3-0 Enora Villard (Fra)         11/4, 11/5, 11/2 (18m)
[3] Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-0 Elise Romba (Fra)                          11/4, 11/6, 11/1 (22m)
[6] Tamika Saxby (Aus) 3-0 Chloe Mesic (Fra)                  11/7, 11/4, 12/10 (26m)
[5] Hollie Naughton (Can) 3-0 Nadia Pfister (Sui)               11/2, 11/7, 11/2 (18m)
[2] Christine Nunn (Aus) 3-0 Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)              11/9, 11/6, 11/9 (31m)

24-Nov, Semis

[1] Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-2 [8] Nadine Shahin (Egy)            8/11 11/7 9/11 11/7 12/10 (64m)

Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-0 [2] Donna Urquhart (Aus)                           11/8 11/5 14/12 (44m)


Vicky Lust had to fight back from 1/0 down then 2/1 down to finally clinch victory against up and coming Nadine Shahin.

According to spectators, it didn't go plain sailing in any way shape or form, with a lot of contact, calls and as it often happens in those circunstances, difficult calls at crucial times that may or may not have been the correct ones.

Still, the seed no1 survives to play the final against a surprising Millie Tomlinson who overcame the seed no2, Donna Urquhart.

The Australian made far too many mistakes in the first two games, came back strongly in the third, and nearly made it from 10/7, supported by the audience that wanted more! But it wasn't to be and we'll have a 100% English final for only the 4th time in 21 editions!


23-Nov, Quarters

[1] Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-2 [7] Fiona Moverley (Eng)          11/5, 11/9, 9/11, 8/11, 11/5 (57m)
[8] Nadine Shahin (Egy) 3-2 [4] Line Hansen (Den)
                7/11, 11/5, 11/9, 6/11, 12/10 (71m)
Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Hollie Naughton (Can)                            11/3, 11/5, 11/9 (43m)
[2] Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-1 [Q] Hana Ramadan (Can)                   7/11, 11/2, 11/6, 11/7 (38m)

Intense matches today, with our seed 4 Line Hansen falling to one of Omar Abdel Aziz players - I guess he just raised his coaching prices with Nouran Gohar and Emperor Gawad recent success - Nadine Shahin.

Apparently, a lot of gruelling squash, decided at the back of the court, hitting hard and high intensity coming from the two ladies - and I'm sure a few fist pumps from Nadine! A lot of decisions and Line will not be happy with letting two match balls go...

Millie Tomlinson didn't have too much trouble overcoming Hollie, who had a big win yesterday against Rachael, 3/0.

As for our top seeds, Vicky Lust ousted her compatriot Fiona Moverly with Fiona doing one of her famous come back - I think she is taking after Laura! - down 2/0, she clawed back 2/2, but offered far too many errors to her opponent at the start of the 5th...

And Donna Urquhart used her experience to beat young Hana Ramadan, after losing the first game, she went to plan B, slowed down the pace to take back the control.

And it worked...


22-Nov, First Round

If the top seeds went through unharmed, Vicki Lust 3/0 against French hope Laura Pomportes in 24m and Donna Urquhart with a bit more trouble against one of the most gifted young players to come out of Egypt, Hania El Hammamy, 3/1, close score, 48m, other favourites had a bit of a bad time.

Let's start with the French Coline Aumard - bad news for the French Team to perform in a few days in the World Teams - who had to retire injured: we were told it was her ankle that caused her trouble. Will let you know if I get any more infos.

Bad day too for American Olivia Blatchford who battled hard but had to bow to Millie Tomlinson from England 9/11 11/7 8/11 11/7 11/7 in one minute short of 70m.

Canadian Hollie Naughton stopped Australian Rachael Grinham, 18 years after her first appearance in the event - don't blame me for the info, Rachael, you know where that came from!

Fiona Moverly is pleased to get through to the quarters after a 4 setters against Belgium Star Nele Giis and will play compatriot Lusty tomorrow...

As for the last two matches, they both involved Egyptians: Nadine Shahin took four game to oust Dutch Milou van der Heijden, while Kanzy El Defrawy came very close to create a big upset, taking Line Hansen to 5, in 71m!

A nice multi national quarters - three English, two Egyptians, one Danish, one Australian, one Canadian!

Bonne chances à toutes tomorrow!

21-Nov, Qualifying Rounds

It was a long day for the girls as two rounds of Qualis were being played.

First Round was not a good round for the French representatives as the four of them bowed in three games, under 30m - except for Chloé Mesic, 31m!

Which made a pretty open qualifying finals nationality-wise, as we had 3 Egyptians (two competiting against each other though), two Canadians, two Australians, and one Belgium!

A bit of a surprise as Amina Yousri, who was top qualifyer and had a bye this morning was despatched rather easily by her compatriot Hana Ramadam, 3/0 in 33m. Hana speaks fluent French, and actually made a big impression to the French audiences when she won Nantes a few weeks ago.  Egypt wise, Hania El Hammamy took 4 games to ouest Canadian Danielle Letourneau.

No joy for the Australians though - who came to train before the World Teams Event starting next week - as they were both beaten,  Tamika Saxby by Belgium Nele Gilis, and Christine Nunn by Canadian Hollie Naughton.

Two local interests in the main, with Wild Card Laura Pomportes and seed 6 Coline Aumard..

Should be a few good matches tomorrow and as they say in Monte-Carlo "la suite au prochain épisode..."

Danielle Letourneau



23 septembre 2016


Je viens d'apprendre que Patrick Rubino, la Légende du Squash PACA, après 26 années de bons et loyaux services au Club de Monte-Carlo, va bientôt partir à la retraite.

Yves Tastet va prendre ses fonctions pendant un an à mi-temps, pour remplacer Patrick l'année prochaine, un Rubino qui vient de subir plusieurs interventions chirurgicales.

Cela fera 50 ans de compétition pour notre Rubino National, qui aura bien mérité de se reposer un peu...

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