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 Open des Bretzels 2023


$6,000 Women's Open des Bretzels 2023, Espace Squash 3000, Mulhouse, France, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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 Open des Bretzels 2023
Women's Draw
03 - 07 May
Mulhouse, France, $6k

[9/16] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) v [9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA)

[9/16] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) bt [4] Léa Barbeau (FRA) 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 (26m)
[9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) bt [1] Élise Romba (FRA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (25m)

[9/16] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) bt [2] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (30m)
[4] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bt [9/16] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) 11-6, 8-11, 11-0, 11-4 (28m)
[9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) bt [3] Asia Harris (ENG) 11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6 (36m)
[1] Élise Romba (FRA) bt [8] Ella Galova (FRA) 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (23m)

2nd round:
[2] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bt [9/16] Juliette Permentier (NED) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (17m)
[9/16] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) bt [5] Celine Walser (SUI) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (20m)
[9/16] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) bt [6] Taba Taghavi (FRA) 4-11, 15-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 (50m)
[4] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bt [9/16] Catarina Nunes (POR) 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3
[3] Asia Harris (ENG) bt [9/16] Ona Blasco (ESP) 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (20m)
[9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) bt [7] Nour Ramy (EGY) 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (29m)
[8] Ella Galova (FRA) bt [9/16] Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (17m)
[1] Élise Romba (FRA) bt [9/16] Chloe Foster (WAL) 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 15-13 (32m)

1st round:
[2] Ambre Allinckx (SUI) bye
[9/16] Juliette Permentier (NED) bt [WC] Elfi Markus (NED) 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (20m)
[9/16] Ingy Hammouda (EGY) bt Emma Hodapp (FRA) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (15m)
[5] Celine Walser (SUI) bye
[6] Taba Taghavi (FRA) bye
[9/16] Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) bt Olivia Besant (ENG) 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (25m)
[9/16] Catarina Nunes (POR) bt Lilou-Brévard Belliot (FRA) 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 (18m)
[4] Léa Barbeau (FRA) bye
[3] Asia Harris (ENG) bye
[9/16] Ona Blasco (ESP) bt [WC] Inès Guyot (FRA) 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (25m)
[9/16] Lauren Baltayan (FRA) bt [WC] Rose Lucas-Marcuzzo (FRA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (20m)
[7] Nour Ramy (EGY) bye
[8] Ella Galova (FRA) bye
[9/16] Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) bt [WC] Sara Bonmalais (FRA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (20m)
[9/16] Chloe Foster (WAL) bt Alina Poessl (SUI) 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 (32m)
[1] Élise Romba (FRA) bye
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Baltayan Claims Maiden Title On Home Soil

Lauren Baltayan (right) with the Open des Bretzels trophy
Lauren Baltayan (right) with the Open des Bretzels trophy

France’s Lauren Baltayan secured her first Tour title, as she defeated Egypt’s Ingy Hammouda in the final of the Open des Bretzels.

Baltayan came into the Challenger 5 level women’s competition unseeded, and she as featuring in just her third tournament on the Tour.

The Frenchwoman, who resides in Cairo, started her week with back-to-back straight games victories. She got the better of wildcard Rose Lucas Marcuzzo in the opening round, before then downing No.7 seed Nour Ramy in under half an hour to reach the quarter finals.

In the last eight, she came up against No.3 seed Asia Harris, and celebrated her 16th birthday with a win. She had lost to the Englishwoman in the final of the European U19 Team Championships a month earlier, but got revenge for that defeat. Baltayan downed Harris in four games to book her semi-final spot.

She followed that with a win in an all-French clash, beating Elise Romba. Romba was the top seed for the tournament, but the 16-year-old downed her compatriot in straight games. That set up a clash with Egypt’s Ingy Hammouda in the final.

Hammouda was also unseeded, and had defeated three of the top five seeds to make the final. It was Baltayan in control throughout though, as she won the opening two games. She lost the third 11-3, but bounced back brilliantly to reverse that scoreline in the fourth, to claim her maiden Tour title.

Elise Romba in action at the Open de France de Squash earlier this month
Elise Romba, pictured at the Open de France de Squash in September

The only event taking place on European soil this week on Tour will be the Open des Bretzels, which kicks off on Wednesday in France.

Espace Squash 3000 in Mulhouse will play host to the Challenger 5 level women’s competition, which returns to the calendar for the first time since 2021. Frenchwoman Enora Villard defeated Hungarian Hannah Chukwu in the final two years ago, and there will be several home hopes aiming to keep the trophy in France this week.

There will be four French women among the top eight seeds. Elise Romba will be the top seed for the competition this week in Mulhouse. She will be joined by compatriots Lea Barbeau, Taba Taghavi and Ella Galova in that top eight bracket.

There will be a further six home hopes in action this week. Lauren Baltayan, who featured at the Black Ball Squash Open earlier this year, will be among them. Ninon Lemarchand, Lilou Brevard-Belliot and the wildcard trio of Ines Guyot, Sara Bonmalais and Rose Lucas Marcuzzo will all feature.

The Swiss duo of Ambre Allinckx and Celine Walser, along with England’s Asia Harris, and Egypt’s Nour Ramy will make up the rest of the top eight seeds for the Challenger 5 level draw. The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain will be the other three nations represented in this week’s event.
For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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