Day FOUR : Quarters Part Two
Castagnet was 9/5 in the decider….
New Zealand’s Paul Coll and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry are through to the semi finals of the Open de France – Nantes after both surviving scares in their last eight clashes at the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne.
The Kiwi played in the final match of the night, with play going on past midnight. He overcame Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, to anguish of the partisan crowd that had gathered around the glass court at the Chateau.
The third and deciding game had a little bit of everything, as both the Kiwi and the home favourite put everything on the line for a place in the semi finals, and the Frenchman leading 8/3, 9/5. Eventually, after an epic 63 minute battle, it would be ‘Superman’ that would take the victory. He won the third game 11-9 to seal the win, booking his place in the semi finals.
Coll will now face Zahed Salem in the last four on Friday evening, as the tournament changes to the traditional best-of-five format. The Egyptian got the better of former World No.1 James Willstrop to make his way into the last four.
Meanwhile in the women’s draw, England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry had to come from behind to overcome compatriot Emily Whitlock to book her place in the semi finals in Nantes.
Birmingham-born Perry started off slowly, with Whitlock taking full advantage of her opponent’s start. In her 250th match on the PSA World Tour, she took the first game 11-7 to move into the lead. However, as the reigning Oracle Netsuite Open champion got into the match, her squash improved, and she was able to battle back to take the second and send the tie into a deciding game.
The third was a tight affair, with neither player wanting to give their opponent any ground. It would be the No.2 seed that would take victory, winning the third 11-8 to book her place in the last four.
The Englishwoman will face off against US No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the semi-finals, after the World No.8 defeated fellow American Olivia Blatchford Clyne in three games in the opening match of the evening’s action.
Quarter-Final Match Reports
Day FOUR : Quarters Part ONE
Marche downs top seed Rosner
France’s Gregoire Marche is through to the semi finals of the Open de France after a spectacular victory over Germany’s top seeded Simon Rösner at the glorious Chateau des ducs de Bretagne.
World No.16 Marche came out of the blocks firing, allowing the German to score just three points in the first game. The pair then produced some enthralling squash in the second game, which the ‘Tree Chopper’ took 11-9 to take the match into a third. The three-time champion then took control of the third game, with some wonderful line drives, as he overpowered the World #5.
Marche will advance to the semi-finals on Friday evening, where he will face Wales’ Joel Makin, who overcame Egypt’s Fares Dessouky in the first men’s quarter-final clash of the evening.
There was more home glory, as top seed Camille Serme made it through to the semi-finals after a convincing victory over England’s Millie Tomlinson, which took just 19 minutes.
The Frenchwoman will play Hania El Hammamy in the semi finals, after the Egyptian world junior champion overcame England’s Alison Waters in the first match of the night.