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Armenia 1st Challenger 2016







Armenia 1st Challenger 2016
Yerevan, Armenia, $5k
Round One
26 may
27 may
28 may
29 may
[1] Milou van der Heijden (NED)
11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (20m)
[Q] Elise Romba (FRA)
Milou van der Heijden
11/8, 11/6, 9/11, 7/11, 11/7 (42m)
Laura Pomportes
Milou van der Heijden
11/9, 14/12, 11/8 (33m)
Ineta Mackevica
Milou van der Heijden
 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 (40m)
Hana Moataz
[Q] Laura Pomportes (FRA)
11-8, 11-3, 11-4 (23m)
[8] Eva Fertekova (CZE)
[6] Lotte Eriksen (NOR)
11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 (34m)
Taba Taghavi Rafsanjani (IRI)
Lotte Eriksen
9/11, 11/6, 12/10, 11/9 (37m)
Ineta Mackevica
[Q] Jelena Dutina (SRB)
11-2, 11-5, 11-5 (19m)
[3] Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
[4] Hana Moataz (EGY)
12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (34m)
Zuzana Kubanova (CZE)
Hana Moataz
11/1, 11/6, 11/2 (20m)
Ekaterina Marusan
Hana Moataz
11/9, 11/6, 8/11, 11/3 (33m)
Enora Villard
[Q] Inessa Kardapolova (ARM)
9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-2 (32m)
[5] Ekaterina Marusan (RUS)
[7] Jenny Haley (WAL)
11-6, 11-7, 11-5 (24m)
Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh (IRI)
Jenny Haley
7/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/6 (51m)
Enora Villard
Ailee Nayeri (IRI)
11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (21m)
[2] Enora Villard (FRA)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Grand Sport Armenia 1st Challenger 5 2016
[1] Elise Romba (FRA) (bye)
[L] Inessa Kardapolova (UZB) bt [L] Ayuna Khantaeva (RUS) 3-1: 12-10, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6 (27m)
[3] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [L] Olga Severinova (ARM) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-5 (17m)
[2] Jelena Dutina (SRB) bt [L] Mari Ghazaryan (ARM) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-1 (16m)




Moataz Claims Maiden Tour Title in Armenia

Egyptian teenager Hana Moataz captured her first ever PSA World Tour title after a stunning upset of number one seed Milou van der Heijden in the final of the Grand Sport Armenia 1st Challenger 5, PSA W5 tournament in Yerevan.

Moataz, 16, was appearing in her maiden PSA World Tour final, with victories over Zuzana Kubanova, Ekaterina Marusan and Enora Villard enabling her to go within touching distance of the title.

Van der Heijden, on the other hand, had to navigate a tough five-game affair against France’s Laura Pomportes in the quarter-final, before sweeping past Ineta Mackevica to ensure that she would line up against Moataz in the final.

What followed were four tightly-contested games as both players looked to assert themselves on proceedings. Moataz prevailed in a first-game tie-break, before World No.48 van der Heijden clawed the second game back to leave the match delicately poised at 1-1.

The third and fourth games saw neither player able to build up any sustained pressure as points were traded in an entertaining period of play. Moataz, playing with a maturity that belied her youth, just managed to edge ahead at the crucial times and the World No.130 closed out a hard-fought 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 victory to settle the match and open her PSA World Tour title account.
Pomportes Powers Through To Quarter-finals In Armenia


French qualifier Laura Pomportes continued her return to fitness after a ten-month injury lay off as she cruised to victory over eighth seed Eva Fertekova in the first round of the Grand Sport Armenia 1st Challenger 5, PSA W5 tournament.

Pomportes, who reached the semi-final of the Jersey Squash Classic earlier this month, was in fine form through her opening round fixture and surged to an 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 triumph to book her quarter-final berth.

Top seed Milou van der Heijden will be looking to avoid a similar fate to Fertekova when she takes on Pomportes in the next round after she showed her class to defeat Elise Romba of France.

Second seed Enora Villard secured her passage to the quarter final stage with a routine win over Ailee Nayeri and she will line up against seventh seed Jenny Haley, who saw off Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh to progress.

The solitary Armenian representative in the main draw, Inessa Kardapolova, was unable to prolong home expectations into the next round after she fell in defeat to fifth seed Ekaterina Marusan, who will clash with Egypt’s Hana Moataz in the next round after she dispatched Zuzana Kubanova.

There were also wins for Ineta Mackevica and Lotte Eriksen thanks to respective wins over Jelena Dutina and Taba Taghavi Rafsanjani, and Mackevica and Eriksen will now face off for a place in the semi-final.
Qualifying Draws To A Close In Armenia


The final qualifying round of the Grand Sport Armenia 1st Challenger 5, PSA W5 tournament saw Jelena Dutina, Laura Pomportes, Inessa Kardapolova and Elise Romba all secure their main draw berths.

Dutina, the Serbian No.1, overcame local player Mari Ghazaryan in her fixture with a routine straight games victory that saw her take it 11-2, 11-5, 11-1 to reach her maiden PSA World Tour main draw.

The World No.210 will aim to get her main draw debut off to a good start when she takes on number three seed Ineta Mackevica.

France’s Pomportes, meanwhile, is appearing at only her second PSA World Tour event of 2016 after a semi-final finish in the Jersey Squash Classic earlier this month. The 27-year-old, who has slumped to 214th in the world after a ten-month injury layoff, downed Olga Saverinova 3-0 to advance to the main draw, where she will face Eva Fertekova.

Inessa Kardapolova was the sole Armenian to make it through to the main draw courtesy of a hard-fought 3-1 win over Ayuna Khantaeva, and she will lock horns with Ekaterina Marusan for a place in the quarter-final.

Top qualifying seed Elise Romba was the other qualifier to progress after receiving a bye, and she will clash with the main draw’s number one seed, Milou van der Heijden, in what looks set to be a tough fixture.