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Tuominen & Serme Take European Titles

European Individual Championships 2012
Men's Draw

Helsinki, Finland
Round Two
24 May 
24 May
25 May
26 May
[2] Borja Golan (Esp)
11/4, 11/6, 11/8
Roman Svec (Cze)
Borja Golan
11/1, 11/5, 11/7
Henrik Mustonen
Borja Golan
11/8, 11/9, 11/4
Mathieu Castagnet
Borja Golan
11/8, 11/9, 11/3
Olli Tuominen
[5/8] Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11/6, 9/11, 11/2, 11/7
Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
[5/8] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
 11/2, 11/2, 12/10
Daniel Mekbib (Cze)
Mathieu Castagnet
11/3, 7/11, 11/6, 11/4
Nicolas Mueller
[3/4] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
 11/7, 11/6, 11/3
Sebastiaan Weenink (Ned)
[3/4] Olli Tuominen (Fin)
14/12, 5/11, 11/3, 11/9
Bart Ravelli (Ned)
Olli Tuominen
11/7, 11/9, 11/8
Julien Balbo
Olli Tuominen
11/9, 6/11, 11/3, 11/4
Simon Rosner
Frank Hartkoren (Ned)
5/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/4
[5/8] Julien Balbo (Fra)
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
11/3, 11/4, 11/9
[5/8] Gregoire Marche (Fra)
 Gregoire Marche
8/11, 8/11, 11/4, 11/5 11/4
Simon Rosner
Rusian Sorochynskyi (Ukr)
 11/4, 11/3, 11/9
[1] Simon Rosner (Ger)
European Individual Championships 2012
Women's Draw

Helsinki, Finland
Round One
24 May
24 May
25 May
26 May
[2] Camille Serme (Fra)
11/1, 11/6, 11/1
Anna Jurkun (Pol)
Camille Serme
 11/2, 11/3, 11/1
Maud Duplomb
Camille Serme
11/4, 11/7, 11/6
Gaby Huber
Camille Serme
8/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/9
Natalie Grinham
[5/8] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
7/11, 11/2, 11/6, 11/5
Maud Duplomb (Fra)
[5/8] Orla Noom (Ned)
 11/8, 11/3, 11/6
Julia Lecoq (Fra)
Orla Noom
5/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/2
 Gaby Huber
[3/4] Gaby Huber (Sui)
 11/4, 11/3, 11/3
Dominika Witkwska (Pol)
Xisela Aranda (Esp)
11/7, 11/3, 11/6
[3/4] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
Lucie Fialova
11/4, 11/4, 11/7
Laura Pomportes
Lucie Fialova
11/7, 11/4, 11/6
Natalie Grinham
Laura Pomportes (Fra)
9/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/9
[5/8] Birgit Coufal (Aut)
Saara Voltola (Fin)
11/5, 11/1, 11/7
[5/8] Coline Aumard (Fra)
Coline Aumard
11/6, 11/4, 11/6
Natalie Grinham
Melissa Meulenbelt (Fin)
11/7, 11/3, 11/4
[1] Natalie Grinham (Ned)

European Individual Squash Championships, Helsinki, Finland

Tuominen & Serme Take European Titles

Upsets in both finals of the European Individual Squash Championships in Finland led to Olli Tuominen and Camille Serme winning the titles for the first time - local hero Tuominen delighting the crowd at the Talihalli in Helsinki by becoming the first Finn to put his name on the men's trophy and Serme by stopping Dutch favourite Natalie Grinham from claiming the women's crown for the third time in four years.

Tuominen, the 33-year old world number 23 from Helsinki, drove the home crowd wild by beating number two seed Borja Golan of Spain 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 in the men's final of the European Squash Federation event.

"Tuominen showed his supporters his best play," said tournament spokesman Pete Saarnivaara. "In the first game the ball did not reach the back wall too many times, as both Tuominen and Golan were hitting hard and low and volleying as much as possible.

"In the third game Tuominen continued his one-inch-above-the-tin drop shots and Golan lost faith. Tuominen took the game 11-3 and secured the gold medal."

An ecstatic Tuominen, who compared the feeling to winning the European Junior Championship in front of a home crowd in 1997, said: "To tell you the truth, I would never have believed that I would win the title. This was a great ending to a season that has been better and better towards the end. Now a good summer training and I'll come back stronger next season."

The women's final was a replay of the 2011 climax - but this time 23-year old Camille Serme of France reversed the result against the experienced Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands.

Both players had some difficulties keeping the length in their shots and avoiding mistakes. It was Grinham who took the early lead after winning the first game.

Serme took the next two and the Australian-born world number 9 fought bravely in the fourth game but finally had to give in to an increasingly confident Serme. The world number 10 from Paris took the fourth game 11-9 and raised her hands in the air to celebrate her first title in front of the French team.

"I think I'll buy champagne for the whole team tonight." the young champion smiled. "I don't know if I could have handled a fifth game. It's been a long season and this tournament took a lot of energy."

Runner-up Grinham took comfort in the fact that she had good time to make it to her flight back home to celebrate her son Kieran's second birthday on Sunday. "Neither of us played our best game. I wasn't very comfortable with the court and the lighting outside it. But Camille would have been a tough opponent anyway," said Grinham.

Mathieu Mauls Mueller In European Upset

Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet produced a notable upset on the second day of action in the European Individual Squash Championships in Finland when he beat Switzerland's 3/4 seed Nicolas Mueller 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4 to claim an unexpected place in the men's semi-finals of the European Squash Federation event at Talihalli in Helsinki.

Castagnet controlled the game and Mueller, ranked 24 in the world, never really found his game pace. "I was confident I could win," said the world No 42 from Aix-en-Provence. "I've played Nicolas several times in the Swiss league and I know how to play him," added the 25-year old after reaching his first semi-final in the individual European Championships.

Castagnet will now meet Borja Golan, the second seed from Spain who despatched Finland's Henrik Mustonen 11-1, 11-5, 11-7.

But there was local success in the other half of the men's draw where experienced 3/4 seed Olli Tuominen delighted his hometown crowd with an 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 win over France's Julien Balbo.

But top seed Simon Rosner had a scare when he dropped the first two games to France's Gregoire Marche. "I beat him in five games in the El Gouna International Open in April, so I knew I could expect a tough match," said the 6 foot 2 inch tall German giant after his 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 win.

"Tomorrow's game will be a tough one as well," added Rosner, the world No19 from Paderborn. "Olli plays in front of a home crowd, so he will be even tougher than usual!"

Dutch star Natalie Grinham remained on course to win her third title in four years when she comfortably beat Coline Aumard of France 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.

The top seed will now meet Lucie Fialova, a 3/4 seed from the Czech Republic, who beat France's Laura Pomportes, also in straight games.

On the other side of the draw, second seed Camille Serme of France earned a comfortable 3/0 victory over compatriot Maud Duplomb, a 9/16 seed. "I am glad it was not that closely fought match, so I'll be in shape tomorrow," said the smiling Serme after the game.

"Now I am going to sit down with my coach and we'll develop a plan for tomorrow," added the world No10 from Paris, hoping to make the final for the second year in a row.

Serme will be challenged by Gaby Huber of Switzerland, who dropped the first game against Orla Noom of Netherlands and fought a close second game before marching to a 5-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-2 victory.