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Angers Open 2016







Angers Open 2016
01 - 04 Jun
Angers, France, $5k
Round One
1 May
02 jun
03 jun
04 jun
[1] Angus Gillams (ENG)
11-4, 11-5, 10-12, 11-1
Dani Pascual (ESP)
Angus Gillams
11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4
Auguste Dussourd
Angus Gillams
11/8, 11/5, 8/11, 11/2
Vincent Droesbeke
Angus Gillams
9/11, 12/10, 11/7, 11/7
Carlos Cornes Ribadas
Enzo Corigliano (FRA)
8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7
[7] Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[5] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
8-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6
Robert Dadds (ENG)
Baptiste Masotti
11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 13-11
Vincent Droesbeke
[Q] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA)
11-13, 11-7, 11-9, 7-3 ret.
[4] Christophe Andre (FRA)
[3] Robert Downer (ENG)
11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8
[Q] Victor Crouin (FRA)
Robert Downer
Fabien Verseille
Fabien Verseille
10/12, 11/8, 7/11, 11/3, 11/8
Carlos Cornes Ribadas
[Q] Fabien Verseille (FRA)
9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6
[8] Benjamin Aubert (FRA)
[6] Jaakko Vähämaa (FIN)
11-5, 11-6, 11-1
[Q] Yann Perrin (FRA)
Yann Perrin
11-8, 11-8, 14-12
Carlos Cornes Ribadas
Roee Avraham (ISR)
11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5
[2] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: PSA Angers 2016
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt [6] James Peach (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 16-14, 11-6, 14-12
[L] Yann Perrin (FRA) bt [4] Sam Ellis (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, ret.
Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt Aitor Zunzunegui (ESP) w/o
Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0: 13-11, 11-7, 12-10
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt [6] James Peach (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 16-14, 11-6, 14-12
[L] Yann Perrin (FRA) bt [4] Sam Ellis (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, ret.
Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt Aitor Zunzunegui (ESP) w/o
Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0: 13-11, 11-7, 12-10




Gillams Triumphs in Angers to Claim Third Title of 2016

Top seed Angus Gillams overturned a one-game deficit to defeat number two seed Carlos Cornes Ribadas in the final of the PSA Angers tournament and capture his third PSA World Tour title of the year.

Gillams and Cornes were both in fine fettle in the build up to the PSA M5 event, with triumphs at the JBM Patrol Spring Classic and the Seapiax Open Lorient, respectively, in recent months.

Neither player had an easy run to the final though, with Gillams battling past the likes of Dani Pascual, Auguste Dussourd and Vincent Droesbeke to reach the showpiece finale, while Cornes followed up early wins over Roee Avraham and Yann Perrin with a gladiatorial 3-2 victory over French qualifier Fabien Verseille in the last four.

In the final, Gillams went a game down after a fast start from World No.91 Cornes, who was aiming to win the second PSA World Tour title of his career following his triumph in Lorient a month previously.

However, Gillams prevailed 12-10 in a crucial second-game tie-break, and that victory proved to be the catalyst for his revival as the World No.87 came storming back to record the win by three games to one - claiming his fourth PSA World Tour crown in the process.
Gillams Downs Dussourd To Reach Angers Semis


Top seed Angus Gillams remains on course to lift a fourth PSA World Tour title following an impressive display against Frenchman Auguste Dussourd in the quarter-final of the PSA Angers tournament.

Gillams was in fine fettle and surged into a two-game lead, before an improvement from Dussourd in the third saw the World No.159 halve the deficit.

It didn’t take long for Gillams to get back on top though, and the 20-year-old wrapped up a victory in game four to advance to the semi-final stage of the PSA M5 tournament.

Gillams will meet home qualifier Vincent Droesbeke for a place in the final, with the Frenchman scalping compatriot Baptiste Masotti to progress.

“It was a good match,” said Gillams.

“I didn’t start too well in the first, but I made it hard, and then towards the end of the first game he got a bit worse and hit a few tins so I won it. In the second, I made it hard from the start and won it 11-4. I lost concentration and he went 6-0 up, but in the fourth I managed to come through it, and I’m happy with the 3-1 win.

“My biggest strength is my physicality and my fitness, so I always try to bring that in to every match. If I can control the rallies and keep the balls tight, there’s not much that my opponents can do, so they have to play long rallies. The longer the rally goes on, the better it is for me, so that’s the way I like to play.

“I’ve never seen him [Droesbeke] play before this tournament, so he’s a bit of an unknown quantity. It should be good and I’ll enjoy it definitely.”

Spain’s Carlos Cornes Ribadas will clash with local player Fabien Verseille in the next round, with Cornes dispatching Yann Perrin, while Verseille received a walkover against Robert Downer after the Englishman was forced to pull out.
Masotti Moves Into Angers Last Eight


World No.126 Baptiste Masotti is the highest-ranked Frenchman left in the PSA Angers tournament after he sealed his place in the quarter-final stage of the PSA M5 event courtesy of a superb come-from-behind victory against England’s Robert Dadds.

Masotti looked like he was heading to an ignominious exit on home soil after going two games behind against an opponent ranked 98 places below him in the World Rankings. However, Masotti showed his class by narrowly edging a crucial third game, and that victory proved to the catalyst for his win as he followed that up with two more triumphs in games four and five to prevail 8-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6.

He will face fellow Frenchman Vincent Droesbeke for a place in the semi-final after his first round opponent, Christophe Andre, bowed out in the fourth game of their clash due to injury.

Home qualifier Fabien Verseille also overturned a two-game deficit to advance as he defeated compatriot Benjamin Aubert. Verseille was due to play number three seed Robert Downer in the last eight after the Englishman beat 16-year-old Victor Crouin, but Downer has had to pull out of the tournament, meaning that Verseille receives a walkover through to the semi-final.

Seventh seed Auguste Dussourd is another Frenchman to reach the quarter-final after he came back from 2-1 down to eliminate countryman Enzo Coriglio. Top seed Angus Gillams is likely to represent a stern test for Dussourd in the next round after he axed Dani Pascual in four.

“It was a good match, a tough 3-1 win,” said Gillams.

“The first two games, I thought I played really well, and then I lost a bit of concentration in the third. In the fourth, I got it back together to win 11-1. It was good overall.

“It’s a really good atmosphere at the club to be honest, the crowd really get into it and let their feelings know. I love the pressure [of being top seed], it’s what I thrive on. It’s a good pressure, it makes me play my best squash, I think.”

Local player Yann Perrin will join his French compatriots in the last eight after easing past Finland’s Jaakko Vähäma and he will play Carlos Cornes Ribadas, whose last appearance in France saw him lift a maiden PSA World Tour title at the Seapiax Open Lorient.
Frenchmen Move Through To Angers Main Draw


French number one qualifying seed Victor Crouin led three more of his countrymen into the main draw of the PSA Angers tournament courtesy of a 3-1 victory over England’s James Peach in the final round of qualifying at the PSA M5 event.

Peach took an early lead after a confident start, but Crouin, backed on by his home crowd, triumphed in a second-game tie-break to level proceedings at the Squash du Lac de Maine.

With the bit between his teeth, Crouin powered to victory in the third, before overcoming his opponent again on a tie-break in the fourth to claim a 4-11, 16-14, 11-6, 14-12 win that sends the 16-year-old into the main draw, where he will face Peach’s compatriot, Robert Downer.

Vincent Droesbeke, the World No.328, is another of the French contingent to advance to the main draw after he slalomed past Joeri Hapers in a surprise win. Droesbeke played some of his best squash throughout the encounter and bridged an 82-place World Rankings gap to claim the win in straight games. He will go up against fellow Frenchman Christophe Andre in round one of the main draw, with Andre likely to represent stern competition after winning four of his last six PSA World Tour events.

Local players Fabien Verseille and Yann Perrin have also progressed to the main draw after both receiving good fortune on home soil.

Verseille received a walkover against Aitor Zunzunegui, while Perrin’s match with Englishman Sam Ellis was cut short after an injury to the latter. They will do battle with Benjamin Aubert and Jaakko Vähämaa, respectively.