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31/08/2018
International de Squash de Nantes 2018

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International de Squash de Nantes 2018
Men's Draw
04 - 09 Sep
 Nantes, France, $28k
Round two
05
SEP
Quarters
06-0
7 SEP
Semis
08 sep
Final
09 SEP
[1] James Willstrop (ENG)
11-6, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9 (51m)
Patrick Rooney (ENG)
James Willstrop
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (42m)
Lucas Serme
James Willstrop
 11-6, 11-13, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5 (78m)
Zahed Salem
James Willstrop
2-11, 11-9, 5-11,
11-9, 11-9 (76m)
Declan James
Charlie Lee (ENG)
11-7, 15-13, 11-5 (52m)
[5]
Lucas Serme (FRA)
[7] George Parker (ENG)
11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (39m)
Shehab Essam (EGY)
George Parker
13-15, 8-11, 11-4,
11-6, 11-8 (95m)
Zahed Salem
Bernat Jaume (ESP)
11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (61m)
[3]
Zahed Salem (EGY)
[8] Olli Tuominen (FIN)
11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-4 (43m)
[WC] Christophe Andre (FRA)
Olli Tuominen
11-9, 7-11, 7-11,
11-2, 12-10 (66m)
Baptiste Masotti
Baptiste Masotti
11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (48m)
Declan James
Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (40m)
[6] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (51m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
Auguste Dussourd
11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (55m)
Declan James
Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (41m)
[2]
Declan James (ENG)
Round One

Shehab Essam (EGY) bt Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (61m)
Charlie Lee (ENG) bt [WC] Benjamin Aubert (FRA) 3-2: 4-11, 11-7, 11-1, 7-11, 11-2 (55m)
Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-2: 11-8, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6 (67m)
Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Rohan Mandil (FRA) 3-0: 11-1, 11-1, 11-2 (21m)
Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) bt Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (38m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-1: 3-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 (55m)
[WC] Christophe Andre (FRA) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 (36m)
Women’s Round One Results:
Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Cindy Merlo (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 (27m)
Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Ali Hemingway (WAL) 3-1: 9-11, 11-0, 11-6, 11-7 (38m)
Kace Bartley (ENG) bt [WC] Julia Le Coq (FRA) 3-1: 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
Chloe Mesic (FRA) bt Riina Koskinen (FIN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-0, 11-6 (20m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (50m)
Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (38m)
Milnay Louw (RSA) bt [WC] Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-1 (37m)
Ineta Mackevica (LAT) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (23m)
 

International de Squash de Nantes 2018
Women's Draw

04 - 9 Sep
 
Nantes, France, $18k
Round two
0
5
SEP
Quarters
06 -0
7 SEP
Semis
08 sep
Final
09 SEP
[1] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
14-12, 11-7, 11-1 (36m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO)
 Emily Whitlock
11-13, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 (57m)
Julianne Courtice
 Emily Whitlock
11-7, 11-2, 11-5 (40m)

Lucy Turmel
Emily Whitlock
4-11, 11-6, 6-11,
12-10, 11-6 (72m)
Nele Gilis
Kace Bartley (ENG)
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (24m)
[6]
Julianne Courtice (ENG)
[5] Milou van der Heijden (NED)
11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)
Lucy Turmel (ENG)
Lucy Turmel
11-7, 11-13, 11-6,
11-9 (49m)
Nadine Shahin
Alison Thomson (SCO)
11-7, 12-10, 13-11 (34m)
[3]
Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (34m)
Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
Nele Gilis
11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (32m)
Alexandra Fuller
Nele Gilis
11-7, 11-9, 11-3 (43m)
Fiona Moverley
Chloe Mesic (FRA)
11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (21m)
[7]
Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
[8] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-2, 14-12, 11-6 (26m)
Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
Tinne Gilis
11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8 (35m)
 Fiona Moverley
Milnay Louw (RSA)
11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (23m)
[2]
Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Round One

Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Cindy Merlo (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-2 (27m)
Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Ali Hemingway (WAL) 3-1: 9-11, 11-0, 11-6, 11-7 (38m)
Kace Bartley (ENG) bt [WC] Julia Le Coq (FRA) 3-1: 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (36m)
Chloe Mesic (FRA) bt Riina Koskinen (FIN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-0, 11-6 (20m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (50m)
Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 (38m)
Milnay Louw (RSA) bt [WC] Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-1 (37m)
Ineta Mackevica (LAT) bt Cristina Gomez (ESP) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (23m)

 

 
REPORTS
Final:

England’s James and Belgium’s Gilis Take Nantes Titles

England’s Declan James and Belgium’s Nele Gilis are the 2018 Open International de Squash de Nantes champions after they caused an upset on the final day to defeat top seeds James Willstrop and Emily Whitlock, respectively, inside the stunning Théâtre Graslin.

World No.23 James claimed his first ever win over former World No.1 and Commonwealth Games doubles partner Willstrop in a dramatic 76-minute final which saw the two towering players showcase their best squash in front of a full audience.

Willstrop took a comfortable 1-0 cushion, before 25-year-old James fought back to level the scores in the second. The momentum of the match continued to constantly shift between the two Englishmen right up until the last moment when, with the scores locked at 9-9 in the fifth, James held his nerve to edge ahead and claim his biggest PSA title with a 2-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 victory.

“Along with the Commonwealths earlier in the year with James, this is probably the best moment of my career,” said the 25-year-old from Nottingham.

“I had a really good mentality before I went on and I just said to myself that the result doesn’t matter, it’s just an occasion to enjoy and as long as I leave everything on the court then I will be happy.

“I had to dig really deep, James was making me do so much work and was unplayable at times, but I knew that would be the case because of how much class he has got. I just had to dig in as much as I could.

“It all just happened really quickly in the end but it’s a really special moment for me.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s final, Belgium’s Gilis avenged last year’s final defeat at the tournament as she dispatched 24-year-old top seed Whitlock in a thrilling five-game final.

Gilis, who knocked out defending champion Fiona Moverley in the semi-finals, showed incredible resilience and physicality to come from a game down against Whitlock, to win her biggest PSA title.

England’s Whitlock didn’t put a foot wrong in the first game as she claimed a comfortable 11-4 lead to take the first game. However, once Gilis had settled her nerves she put the 24-year-old Englishwoman under pressure and executed her game plan to perfection to take a 4-11, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6 victory in 72 minutes.

“I really enjoyed the match and atmosphere was incredible,” said the 22-year-old Belgian.

“I just told myself from the beginning to fight for each and every point. I just wanted to make the most of my time here in this amazing venue, so I just told myself to fight and not give up and I did - I’m so happy.”
 

Semi Finals

Belgium’s Gilis Knocks Out Defending Champion Moverley

Belgium’s World No.33 Nele Gilis recorded her first ever win over England’s World No.24 Fiona Moverley to knock out the defending champion and reach her second successive Open International de Squash de Nantes final.

Gilis had never beaten Moverley before today, with their last meeting coming at the 2017 final in Nantes, where the Englishwoman claimed a 3-0 victory. However, in front of a full house at the théâtre Graslin, the 22-year-old Belgian made sure to turn the tables as she dispatched Moverley by an 11-7, 11-9, 11-3 scoreline to send her crashing out at the semi-final stage.

“The last four times we played she beat me,” said 22-year-old Gilis following her big win.

“I was quite relaxed coming into the match and I knew what to expect. There was no pressure on me, it was all on her, so I was just playing freely and enjoying my squash and it helped me in the end.”

The Belgian No.1 was the only non-English player to make it through to the final in Nantes and will now face top seed Emily Whitlock (left) after she defeated 18-year-old compatriot Lucy Turmel earlier in the day.

“I think we’re quite similar,” said 24-year-old Whitlock. “Lucy is an attacking and ambitious player and wants to do well.

“She showed no nerves in her quarter-final match, so I was expecting her to be fully focused and wanting to win in front of this crowd – I’m just glad I didn’t get nervous and got the win.”

Meanwhile in the men’s draw, top seeds James Willstrop and Declan James will prepare to do battle in Sunday’s final as they go head-to-head for the title following respective wins over Egypt’s World No.31 Zahed Salem and France’s World No.87 Baptiste Masotti.

Former World No.1 Willstrop – who will feature in his first final in 15 months - put in a performance worthy of a showman along with Egyptian Salem as they contested an enthralling five-game battle on stage at the Théâtre Graslin.

The two players had the packed-out crowd in raptures as they displayed some of their best squash with the Englishman eventually prevailing an 11-6, 11-13, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5 winner in 78 minutes.

“We were both reaching into every corner of the court and you could see what it did to both of us,” said the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist. “Luckily in the fifth I just edged ahead early on.

“The crowd here is great, they give you so much back and it’s such a pleasure. They enjoy the squash and that’s what I’m playing the game for right now, I love occasions like that and I feel very happy that I am able to do it. The real motivation is right in front of you with that crowd.”

Compatriot and World No.23 James awaits Willstrop in the final after he knocked out ‘giant killer’ Masotti – who was the only remaining Frenchman in the tournament – in straight-games to reach his biggest PSA final.

“I knew Baptiste had a five-setter yesterday and he would possibly be feeling it, so I tried to make it as tough as I could from the start and extend the rallies,” said Nottingham-born James.

“He gave me a few errors towards the end of each game, which helped, but I’m really happy with how I pulled my performance together.

“Onto tomorrow, I have a huge amount of admiration and respect for James. He is one of the greatest players of our generation and in the history of the game.

“We had a great partnership together at the Commonwealth Games and shared a special partnership there, so tomorrow is really just an occasion to enjoy in front of this wonderful crowd.”

The finals of the Open International de Squash de Nantes will take place tomorrow (Sunday September 9) from 15:15 local time (GMT +2) at the théâtre Graslin.

 

Quarter Finals Lower Halff

France’s Masotti Downs Tuominen to Reach Semi-Finals

France’s World No.87 Baptiste Masotti staged an emphatic comeback to defeat Finland’s number eight seed Olli Tuominen to reach the semi-finals of the Open International de Squash de Nantes and become the last remaining Frenchman at the tournament.

Masotti was staring down the barrel of defeat as he was 10-5 down in the fifth. However, the 23-year-old, roared on by the support of the partisan crowd who packed out the Théâtre Graslin, managed to deny Tuominen the victory to take a dramatic 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-2, 12-10 victory and book his place in the semi-finals of the PSA Challenger event.

“I didn’t feel like I played really well but I just kept my plan,” said the Frenchman. “When I was 10-5 down I just kept playing and the win is for my family – they were watching me and this win is for them.

“I’m pretty sure at 10-5 down in the fifth in other venues not in France, I would lose 90% of the time. But here, I’m in front of my crowd, I won and it’s great that they are here cheering for me.”

The Frenchman will face England’s Declan James for a place in the final after he sensationally downed three-time champion Gregoire Marche in the last match of the day.

The World No.23 played with composure and accuracy to ensure that there would be a new men’s champion at the tournament for the first time.

“It could have been a semi-final or a final that match and really you just have to enjoy these occasions when you are playing such great players,” said the 25-year-old.

“That mindset allowed me to stay composed and just focus on my squash. Gregoire is a multiple champion here so I knew that he would play his best squash and that it would be a really tough match. I thought all I had to do was go out there and play as best as I can and that was important to me tonight.”

Meanwhile in the women’s draw, defending champion Fiona Moverley kept her title defence alive after she fought off Belgium’s World No.50 Tinne Gilis.

Moverley took the first two games comfortably before a spirited comeback from Gilis threatened to disrupt her rhythm. However, the Englishwoman was able to regain her composure and utilise her experience to claim a 3-1 win against the 20-year-old Belgian.

“I was looking to attack and stay in front of her and then I don’t really know what happened in the third,” said World No.24 Moverley. “I knew being 2-0 down her only option was to come back at me and she did.

“In the end I managed to turn it around and use my experience to get my basics back on track. I had to be patient, find my length and it turned itself around. I think she got a bit edgy and a few errors came in the end. I just stayed positive and pushed through.”

The Englishwoman will now face Tinne’s older sister, Nele Gilis, in the semi-finals in a repeat of last year’s final, where Moverley took the title in straight-games.

World No.33 Gilis looked in good form earlier in the day as she comfortably downed South Africa’s World No.49 Alexandra Fuller in straight-games to reach the next round.

“I’ve been enjoying my squash this week and for me that’s the main thing,” said the Belgian after reaching her second successive semi-final in Nantes.

“It’s an incredible venue. I told myself that I just wanted to enjoy myself and make the most of this opportunity and I did. I’m so happy that I get to play here again tomorrow.”

The Open International de Squash de Nantes reaches the semi-finals stage tomorrow (Saturday September 8) with all matches taking place on the glass court at the Théâtre Graslin. Matches begin at 17:15 local time (GMT +2).

Quarter FInals Top Half

England’s Turmel Leads English Charge in Quarter-Finals

England’s World No.65 Lucy Turmel upset the seedings as she downed number three seed Egypt’s Nadine Shahin under the lights of the 18th century théâtre Graslin to reach the semi-finals of the Open International de Squash de Nantes.

The 18-year-old – who is the youngest player at the tournament - showcased a performance beyond her years as she continued her incredible run in Nantes after defeating number five seed Milou van der Heijden in the previous round.

Turmel is the only unseeded player left in the women’s draw, after she played with confidence on the big stage to condemn World No.30 Shahin to an 11-7, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9 defeat on the first day of quarter-final action.

“I’m really pleased with the result today,” said Turmel following her huge upset.
“It was a tough match, so I’m really excited to be through to the semis. I think playing a higher seeded player sometimes helps me because I don’t really have the pressure on me. I was nervous today, but it was great to play in this venue and I really enjoyed it.”

Turmel will now face top seed and World No.22 Emily Whitlock in an all-England semi-final clash after she came from a game down to defeat compatriot World No.48 Julianne Courtice in the quarter-finals.

"I’m just really happy that I managed to battle through that match,” said 24-year-old Whitlock. “It’s a long summer break and you kind of forget if you have that match battle toughness in you and I feel like I have now.

“Lucy [Turmel] has been playing really well, but I’m going into the match confident and I know if things aren’t going my way then I can battle through like I did today.”

Meanwhile, in the men’s draw, England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop continued the strong English contingent advancing to the semi-finals after he put on a masterclass performance to dispatch France’s World No.35 Lucas Serme in straight-games in front of his home crowd.

Willstrop put aside the tiredness that had affected his performance in the previous round as the 35-year-old hit his targets with pinpoint accuracy to leave Serme without reply and move a step closer to the final.

“I think my match last night did me a lot of good, I came out and I was pretty sharp. I played on the court, which Lucas hadn’t done, and that’s an advantage for me, it just worked well for me today.

“The atmosphere is amazing. The reason I played this event was because I had heard how good it was from all the players and the standard of the event is so high. It’s great to experience a new city and a new venue with people really pushing the sport out and progressing the game.”

Willstrop will now face Egypt’s Zahed Salem for a place in the final after the World No.31 came from 2-0 down to defeat England’s George Parker.

22-year-old Parker took the lengthy first game, which lasted 27 minutes before doubling his advantage in the second after Salem was forced to take an injury break.

However, the Egyptian World No.31 battled back to disrupt Parker’s focus and take what proved to be a pivotal third game as he won 13-15, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 in 95-minutes.

“I can’t describe how happy I am to win after being 2-0 down,” said the 26-year-old Egyptian following his match.

“I haven’t played George before, but I knew he was going to be dangerous and that it would be a tough match. I expected that it would go to five, there were a few decisions and then the injury caused me to lose a bit of concentration, but I knew I had to give it my best and make myself proud and in the end, I did that.”
 
France’s Masotti Stuns New Zealand’s Grayson in Round Two

France’s World No.87 Baptiste Masotti stunned New Zealand’s number six seed Campbell Grayson in round two of the Open International de Squash de Nantes as he booked his place in the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time.

Masotti – who is the only unseeded player left in the men’s draw - caused a huge upset at Le Maison du Squash to knock out World No.37 Grayson – who along with the other top eight seeds received a bye into the second round - by an 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 scoreline.

The Frenchman will now face Finland’s Olli Tuominen, who defeated French wildcard Christophe Andre earlier in the day, in the next round at the stunning théâtre Graslin.

“I was very focused because I wanted to win this match to be able to get on the glass court,” said the 23-year-old Frenchman following his win.
“This is my second win over a player in the top 40 and I hope I can continue playing like this and play a lot of matches here.

“My home town is about a one-hour drive away from here and my father came to watch me play. It feels so good to win, this tournament is really nice and I love being able to play in France.”

In the women’s draw, 18-year-old Lucy Turmel also upset the seedings to become the only unseeded women’s player left in the tournament, after she defeated Netherland’s number five seed Milou van der Heijden in straight-games.

The young Englishwoman will now take on Egypt’s World No.30 Nadine Shahin for a place in the semi-finals of the PSA Challenger Tour event.

“Last time I played Milou I lost 3-1, so I knew it was going to be tough. I knew I had to be confident going into it and it was a hard match even though it was 3-0.”
Over on the glass court at the picturesque 18th century théâtre Graslin, top seeds James Willstrop and Emily Whitlock, along with defending champions Gregoire Marche and Fiona Moverley all secured berths into the next round.

England’s former World No.1 Willstrop avoided a scare against compatriot Patrick Rooney as, after building up a solid 2-0 lead, the top seed appeared to suffer with tiredness and in the end narrowly edged past his younger opponent in front of a packed-out house in Nantes.
“Patrick is too good, and I can’t be off my game really,” said Willstrop following his tough tournament opener.

“He played really well, he worked me so hard and took me to the point where I was exhausted. I’m lucky to win that game because if he had of taken me to a fifth then I don’t think I’d have gone through.

“It’s an outstanding venue and we are very lucky to be able to play here. I have a little bit of an invested interest in it because I love the stage and live theatre, so this habitat is even more exciting for me and that’s why I was so desperate to win today.”
Meanwhile, defending men’s champion Gregoire Marche continued his unbeaten run at the tournament after he conquered compatriot Auguste Dussourd under the lights of the théâtre Graslin.

“Nantes has always been a great venue for me and I think this year it is the most beautiful,” said the 28-year-old Frenchman.

“I remember the first year – it was something great – but every year they keep pushing to make it better. I can’t miss this tournament, it is one of my favourites.”
While in the women’s draw, English duo Whitlock and Moverley saw off Scotland’s Lisa Aitken and South Africa’s Milnay Louw, respectively, in straight-games.

 

Wildcard Andre Leads French Charge in Round One

Wildcard and World No.209 Christophe Andre overcame Belgium’s World No.144 Joeri Hapers to reach the second round of the Open International de Squash de Nantes on the opening day of action.

Andre played better than his World Ranking suggests as he powered past Belgian Hapers at le Maison du Squash by an 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 scoreline in 36 minutes and will now face Finland’s number seven seed Olli Tuominen – who along with the other top eight seeds on the men’s and women’s draws received a bye into round two - for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Frenchman will be joined by compatriots Sebastien Bonmalais, Baptiste Masotti (left) and Auguste Dussourd (below) after they all prevailed in their respective round one clashes to complete a successful first round in the men’s draw for the home favourites.

Meanwhile, Chloe Mesic will be the only Frenchwoman in the second round after her fellow countrywomen wildcards Julia Le Coq and Marie Stephan fell to England’s Kace Bartley and South Africa’s Milnay Louw, respectively, in round one.

World No.89 Mesic produced a dominant display to defeat Finland’s World No.115 Riina Koskinen in straight-games in just twenty minutes in the opening round and will now face South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller on the second day of action.

“I just tried to play my game and put some pressure on her and not let her create anything,” said the 27-year-old following her victory.

“I know Alexandra [Fuller] is a really good attacking player. I know her game and I like her style, so I’m sure it will be a good match.

“I love to play at this tournament, it’s amazing. It’s a huge event in this country and it’s fantastic for squash to have this event in France and hopefully it will keep growing.”

Elsewhere in the opening round, England’s Patrick Rooney and Scotland’s Lisa Aitken set up respective clashes with top seeds James Willstrop and Emily Whitlock.

World No.103 Rooney comfortably defeated France’s Rohan Mandil in straight-games in the opening round, while Aitken saw off Egyptian Hana Ramadan by a 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 scoreline to ensure both players would get to play at the stunning setting of the théâtre Graslin tomorrow.

“It’s a tournament that I’ve always seen on the calendar and the atmosphere always looks great, so it’s sort of been a bucket-list tournament,” said Scotland’s Aitken.

“I get a chance on the glass court now, which is what we train for, those occasions where there is a massive crowd. The pressure isn’t on me and I just want to have a good shot at it and enjoy the occasion.”

Defending champions Gregoire Marche and Fiona Moverley will face Dussourd and Louw, respectively, at the stunning théâtre Graslin in the city of Nantes as they both look to get their tournaments off to a winning start.

 

Defending Champion Moverley Relishing Nantes Return

England’s World No.24 Fiona Moverley is looking forward to heading back to Nantes to defend her title when the Open International de Squash de Nantes takes place between September 4-9.

Held at the stunning Théâtre Graslin, the Open International de Squash de Nantes will be the first PSA Challenger Tour event ever to be broadcast on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player and Moverley – who defeated Belgium’s Nele Gilis in last year’s final - is targeting a defence of her crown in France.

“I can't wait to go back this year,” said the 31-year-old.

“It's my first tournament of the new season so I'm really looking forward to kick it off with Nantes. It's a great place to visit and everyone at the tournament really looks after you.

“Last year was amazing. It was the biggest title of my career which made it even more special. I had the perfect tournament and couldn't have asked for a better result. To win in that fantastic outdoor venue in front of such a big crowd was unbelievable.

“I don't think there's any more pressure than last time except for the pressure I put on myself. The tournament has grown in size which is great for the Tour, but it also means it's potentially even stronger than last year, so it will be a huge challenge to win it again, however, that doesn't mean I won't be trying to.”

One of the key goals of the Open International de Squash de Nantes is to showcase the city of Nantes with the tournament taking place in some of the most eye-catching locations in the city in previous years, including Les machines de l'île and the Cité Internationale des Congrès and Moverley can’t wait to play in this year’s stunning venue – the Théâtre Graslin.

“The venue last year was pretty special; the atmosphere was amazing. It will be different at an indoor venue but the pictures I’ve seen look amazing and I'm sure the crowd will be equally as fantastic. Hopefully I can get them on my side cheering for me too.”

For many of the players competing this tournament will represent their first of the 2018/19 season and Moverley insisted that she feels in good form heading into the new season.

“I feel excited to be starting a new season. My off season has been good, and I feel in great shape and I’m confident I’m ready for the season ahead.

“Summer training can be quite long, and you miss competing so I’m itching to get back out on court.”

The Open International de Nantes features both a 24-player men’s draw and a 24-player women’s draw with the top eight seeds - Moverley included - receiving a bye into the second round.

The World No.24 will get her tournament under way against either wildcard France’s Marie Stephan or South Africa’s Milnay Louw, while the women’s draw also contains the likes of England’s Emily Whitlock, Belgium’s Nele Gilis and Egypt’s Nadine Shahin.

$46,000 worth of prize money will be split between the men’s and women’s tournaments, with the men’s tournament headed up by England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop. Matches will be split between the glass court staged at the Théâtre Graslin and the traditional courts based at La Maison du Squash.

The Open International de Nantes will be the first tournament of the 2018/19 season to be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), with matches at the Théâtre Graslin broadcast live.

Tickets start from €9 and can be purchased from the Open International de Squash de Nantes website.

For more information on the tournament, follow the Open International de Squash de Nantes on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 
English Duo Willstrop and Whitlock to Headline Strongest Ever Open International de Nantes 

The 2018 edition of the Open International de Squash de Nantes will play host to its strongest ever line-up between September 4-9 when former World No.1 James Willstrop and compatriot Emily Whitlock headline the men’s and women’s draws respectively at the spectacular setting of Théâtre Graslin.

Willstrop, the current World No.17, won a Commonwealth Games gold medal on Australia’s Gold Coast in April and the Yorkshireman is one of the star names in the men’s PSA Challenger Tour 30 draw, which also includes home favourites Gregoire Marche and Mathieu Castagnet.

Marche has won all three previous editions of the Open International de Nantes and defeated Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in last year’s final, winning a dramatic encounter 3-2 at Les Machines de l’île. The tournament has been held at some of the most picturesque locations in Nantes, with Marche also taking the honours at the Lieu Unique and the Cité Internationale des Congrès in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

World No.22 Whitlock is the top seed for the women’s PSA Challenger Tour 20 event and will contest a tournament that contains eight of the world’s top 50 players, including defending champion and fellow Englishwoman Fiona Moverley, who beat World No.34 Nele Gilis in the 2017 final.

Matches will be split between the glass court staged at Théâtre Graslin and the traditional courts based at La Maison du Squash. 

The Open International de Nantes will be the first PSA Challenger Tour event to be broadcast on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), with action from the glass court shown live.

Tickets start from €9 and can be purchased from the Open International de Squash de Nantes website.

For more information on the tournament, visit the Open International de Squash de Nantes Facebook page.
 
Men’s  – Entry List
1) James Willstrop (ENG)
2) Declan James (ENG)
3) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
4) Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
5) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
6) Lucas Serme (FRA)
7) Campbell Grayson (NZL)
8) George Parker (ENG)
9) Olli Tuominen (FIN)
10) Mazen Gamal (EGY)
11) Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
12) Shehab Essam (EGY)
13) Bernat Jaume (ESP)
14) Charlie Lee (ENG)
15) Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
16) Ammar Altamimi (KUW)
17) Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
18) Patrick Rooney (ENG)
19) David Baillargeon (CAN)
20) Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP)
21) Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)
22) Aqeel Rehman (AUT)
Wildcard) Benjamin Aubert (FRA)
Wildcard) Vincent Droesbeke (FRA)
Women’s  – Entry List
1) Emily Whitlock (ENG)
2) Fiona Moverley (ENG)
3) Nadine Shahin (EGY)
4) Nele Gilis (BEL)
5) Milou van der Heijden (NED)
6) Julianne Courtice (ENG)
7) Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
8) Tinne Gilis (BEL)
9) Lucy Turmel (ENG)
10) Lisa Aitken (SCO)
11) Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
12) Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
13) Alison Thomson (ENG)
14) Milnay Louw (RSA)
15) Kace Bartley (ENG)
16) Chloe Mesic (FRA)
17) Cristina Gomez (ESP)
18) Hana Ramadan (EGY)
19) Cindy Merlo (SUI)
20) Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
21) Ali Hemingway (WAL)
22) Riina Koskinen (FIN)
Wildcard) Marie Stephan (FRA)
Wildcard) Julia Le Coq (FRA)

 

 

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