• Open International de Nantes  • 04 - 10 Sep 2017 • France •  









 TODAY in Nantes  


World Junior Out while French trio delights the crowd...

A very very long (and pretty cold) day at the office today in Nantes, first in Sautron, in La Maison du Squash, then in the Nefs, next to the Machines and the Elephant, with a bit of an upset as Sivasangari Subramaniam, the 18 years old from Malaysia, ousted a World Junior Champion, Rowan Elaraby, 17, having twisted her ankle five days ago.

Another upset in the Egypt clan was the defeat of #7, Zeina Mickawy, against compatriot and Alexandria Sporting Club colleague, Nouran El Torky.

As for the Hosts, Defending champion Grégoire Marche, second seeded Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet and women’s World No.26 Coline Aumard will appear in the quarter-finals after the trio claimed opening day wins on home soil in front of a numerous, passionate and delighted crowd.

Marche got his efforts to win a third successive title in Nantes off to a winning start after he recovered from a game down to claim a 3-1 victory over Egyptian qualifier Mazen Gamal, taking it 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 in 45 minutes.

He will face the man he beat in the 2016 final - England’s Chris Simpson - for a place in the last four after Simpson marked his return from an eight-month injury layoff with a win against Egypt’s Shehab Essam.

Meanwhile, Castagnet came through an all-French first round clash with Lucas Serme to earn his place in the last eight.

Castagnet, a former World No.6 making his Nantes debut, got the better of Serme in the opening two games after attacking well but he looked to be falling physically in the third as Serme halved the deficit.

The 30-year-old recovered though in the fourth to close out the win by an 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 margin, setting up a quarter-final fixture with Ben Coleman in the process.

Castagnet will take on England’s Ben Coleman in the next round after Coleman claimed a surprise win over compatriot Declan James, while there were also wins for Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham, Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller, Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Finland’s Olli Tuominen.

Coline Aumard will carry home hopes on her shoulders in the women’s PSA W15 tournament after she got the better of 19-year-old Egyptian Menna Hamed.

It was a physical encounter between the two with the referee constantly being called into action and points going back and forth between them as Aumard eventually prevailed by an 11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 margin.

The women’s top seed, World No.22 Millie Tomlinson, is also through to the last eight courtesy of a win over tournament wildcard Julie Rossignol, with a 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 victory setting up a quarter-final meeting with Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam.

Second seed Fiona Moverley was also a victor on day one and she will take on Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi for a place in the semi-finals, while Belgium’s Nele Gilis and Egypt's Nouran El Torky will meet in the other women’s quarter-final.

Maison du Squash

Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-0 [8] Mohamed Reda (Egy)
                           11-5, 11-7, 14-12 (47m)
[7] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat) 3-1 [WC] Auguste Dussourd (Fra)
                          8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (41m) 
[5] Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-1 [Q] Shehab Essam (Egy)
                          11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-4 (48m)
[3] Mazen Hesham (Egy) 3-1 [Q] George Parker (Eng)
                              11-6, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7 (47m)
[4] Nicolas Mueller
(Sui) 3-1 [Q] Mohammad Al Sarraj (Jor)
                           11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-0 [6] Declan James (Eng)
                           12-10, 11-8, 11-6 (55m)

Millie Tomlinson (Eng) 3-1 [WC] Julie Rossignol (Fra)
                         9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)
[Q] S. Subramaniam (Mas) 3-2 [8] Rowan Elaraby (Egy)
                         3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
[Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy) 3-2 [7] Zeina Mickawy (Egy) 
                         11-8, 5-11, 12-14, 11-5, 11-2 (51m)
[5] Hollie Naughton (Can) v Julianne Courtice (Eng)
                           11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5 (41m)
[6] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-1 Rachael Chadwick (Eng)
                          9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
[2] Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-1 [Q] Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)
                          11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 (36m)

Nefs - Glass Court

[4] Nele Gilis (Bel) 3-2 Hana Moataz (Egy)
                          11-2, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (60m)
[1] Grégoire Marche (Fra) 3-1 [Q] Mazen Gamal (Egy)
8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (45m)
[3] Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-1 [Q] Menna Hamed (Egy)
                            11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 (55m)
[2] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) v Lucas Serme (Fra)
11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (68m)




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