Fri 14th May, 2004:
Thierry Lincou bt Joseph
10-11 (0-2), 11-9, 11-2, 11-1 (58 min)
Ian McKenzie reports from Broadgate
final Lincou played well but lost the first game despite leading throughout.
consistent but he was aggressive and attacked before me. He didn’t let me
play as I wanted,” said Lincou afterwards.
onto his game in the second, which reached a climax when he led 10-9. The
point on which the match turned followed. Kneipp's strings went.
“I had to
keep the rally going. I floated it, tried to keep it tight and hoped we
would be able to play a let,” said Kneipp. “The longer you play with broken
strings, the slacker they get and the less control they have. I played a
tight one, he pulled the ball out loose and I had to take a chance. It
clipped the tin.”
the second game. Kneipp tried a variety of rackets after that, a borrowed
Prince and an old Dunlop, five in all but did not adjust to the feel – and
he was tiring. He is a confidence player and that too was now sagging, like
his strings, as Lincou’s was rising.
Frenchman was now thoroughly into his game, professional, and clinically
out of control, losing the third 11-2 and the fourth even more convincingly
It was a
stylish performance from Lincou. “It means a lot to me,” he said. “I’ve lost
so many finals and it’s great to have my first big win and do it in front of
my parents and my coach. It’s a great feeling.”
has become a special stop on the PSA Tour and now has full houses of
enthusiastic fans from the beginning of the week.
was pleased. Neil Eckert, Chief Executive Officer of Brit Insurance, the
event’s promoter, said: “It was a wonderful, topsy-turvy week of brilliant
great to have my first
big win in
front of my
and my coach.”
WINNING THE FINAL