Alan Clyne (SCO) 2-0 Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 11-4, 11-8 (30m)
Nadine Shahin (EGY) 2-1 Lucy Turmel (ENG) 11-4, 7-11, 11-7 (29m)
Baptiste had I feel put a lot of pressure on himself. When you play at home, it can go either way. It carries you, or it blocks you. If last year, Baptiste had a great event – even getting a Best Shot of the Year for a shot he played on the glass – this year, he put a lot on his shoulders, weight a bit too heavy, making far too many errors the whole match, credit to Alan’s disciplined squash as well…
In China, it was weird, really, as I managed to play well up to then, had a good hit in China the day before with Karim Ali Fathi, then a good training in the morning, but at noon , I started to feel very poorly. At the time I thought it was food poisoning but in fact, I guess it was just a stomach bug… No energy at all…
Here, I think I managed to get a few errors out of him, playing a very disciplined squash, my lenght and width were fine, and when I was able to take it in, the shots were good quality.
I’m happy with my game when I get to play like that, I’ll never be a flashy player, I just need my basics to be in place. And I’m very happy with the result, as Baptiste is a very dangerous player, he had a very good run here last year as well.
Sometimes, it can work both ways when you are at home, it can put the right kind of pressure on you, but sometimes, you are just too much up for it, and you get a bit flat Maybe that’s what happened today to Baptiste…
It is always tough against Lucy, I have played her three times including last year in Nantes, where I lost to her. I got my revenge in Gouna, and now this is the third time and I knew it was going to be tough. I am just happy to get through that.
Playing BO3 is a whole different mentality, so I was thinking that I only needed to win two games, so I should focus on them completely, with no slip-ups. It is much tougher than the best-of-five format.