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









 TODAY in Nantes  


08-Sep: Quarters, Take Two...

Not a good day for the Frogs, but really not...

Two French defeats out of two matches, well, that's done! Men’s World No.26 Mathieu Castagnet and women’s World No.26 Coline Aumard bowed out...

French No.3 Castagnet lost out to England’s World No.54 Ben Coleman in his quarter-final fixture after he was forced to retire due to injury in the fourth game, a recurring injury in his left calf, shaking hand at 7/4 in the 4th, to lose 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-4.

Coleman will appear in his biggest ever semi-final against Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller after he overcame Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi by an 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 margin.

The match began evenly as a number of quick-fire encounters captivated the spectators at Les Machines de l’île but Mueller soon pulled away from 4-4 to open up a one-game lead, in part thanks to the effectiveness of his forehand volley drops, with four of his last five points being won on that side.

Mueller continued to squeeze errors out of his opponent in the second but errors soon began to come from the racket of the Swiss player in the third as Al Tamimi picked up the pace and utilised his impressive retrieval skills to claw a game back. Mueller reinserted himself on proceedings though in the fourth to close it out 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Hollie Naughton brought an end to Aumard’s tournament after she fought back from three match balls down to beat the number three seed and end French interest in the women’s draw.

The World No.38 started impressively as she powered to a two-game lead. Aumard finally found her range in the third and fourth games to draw level but couldn't make the most of multiple match balls in the fifth as Naughton came back to win it 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10.

Naughton will take on England's Fiona Moverley for a place on the showpiece finale after she dispatched Japan's Misaki Kobayashi by a 3-1 margin.

Moverley cruised to a two-game lead and, after Kobayashi fought back in the third to halve the deficit, the World No.24 held her nerve in the fourth to earn her place in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Quarters, Bottom Draw

[5] Hollie Naughton (Can) 3-2 [3] Coline Aumard (Fra)
                     11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10 (61m)
[2] Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-1 [6] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
                       11-2, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11 (40m)

[4] Nicolas Müller
(Sui) 3-1 [7] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (Qat)
                      11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (44m)
Ben Coleman (Eng) 3-1 [2] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
                        5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-4 retired (53m)

07-Sep: Quarters, Take One ...

Good day for the top seeds Gregoire Marche and Millie Tomlinson who prevailed tonight to earn their places in the semi-finals.

Grégoire, the 2015 and 2016 champion, moved to within one win of a third successive final in Nantes after the World No.23 overcame Chris Simpson in a repeat of last year's final, beating the Englishman 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 in 46 minutes.

Marche will line up against Egypt's Mazen Hesham in the last four after the World No.70 defeated Finnish veteran Olli Tuominen 3-1.

Hesham, a former World No.13 ,had been a regular Shot of the Month contender before a host of injuries over the last two years saw him tumble down the World Rankings but he was in full flow against Tuominen as he hit a series of outrageous winners to storm into a 2-0 lead.

A loss of consistency in the third game saw Tuominen come back to halve the deficit but Hesham responded by simplifying his game plan and playing the percentage shots and he was duly rewarded with a victory in the fourth to take it 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7.

Tomlinson will meet fourth seed Nele Gilis in the semi-finals of the women's event after they claimed respective wins over qualifying duo Sivasangari Subramaniam and Nouran El Torky.

Tomlinson was almost on the end of a shock defeat after going two games down to Malaysia’s Subramaniam, who played with a maturity beyond her 18 years.

The World No.22 eventually found her range in the third though and a determined response saw her ease to victory before following that up by edging the fourth and fifth games to seal an 6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 triumph.

Gilis, meanwhile was in complete control for the majority of her match against El Torky, claiming comfortable wins in the first and third games either side of a tight tie-break triumph in the second as she claimed an 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 victory.

Quarters, Top Draw

[4] Nele Gilis
(Bel) 3-0 [Q] Nouran El Torky (Egy)
                         11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
[1] Millie Tomlinson
(Eng) 3-2 [Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (Mas)
                         6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 (51m)

[3] Mazen Hesham (Egy)
3-1 Olli Tuominen (Fin)
                     11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 (39m)
[1] Grégoire Marche (Fra)
3-0 [5] Chris Simpson (Eng)
                       11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (46m)

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