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WSA Ile-Rousse 16th International Open
18th-22nd June 2012, Corsica - France

EF 3
"A bientôt, Ile-Rousse, Tchoo Tchoo, Super-Market..."


First Round



22nd-June 2012 - Final 

19h00 - WSA
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry 3-1 [6] Laura Pomportes (Fra)
                         13/11, 11/7, 6/11, 11/4 (45m)

3/4 Play-offs
[3] Maud Duplomb (Fra) 3-1 [Q] Nadeen Shahin (Egy)
                       12/10, 8/11, 11/8, 11/5

18h00 - Hommes (Regional)
Mathieu Castagnet 3-0 Clément Bouldoire
                       12/10, 11/4, 11/8

17h00 - Femmes (Regional)
Virginie Fribourg 3-2 Lovisa Forstadius
                       6/11, 11/9, 11/13, 11/7, 11/6

Greg having a little clinic for the kids  The bird has his nest on the club's terrace

Nothing ruthless today! No glass on, no conviction in the shots really!

I was a bit slow at the start, as in, I just wouldn't move. And contrarily to the previous days where I was up quickly 8/0, or 6/0, today I found myself down 6/3! All credit to Laura that kept the ball away from the middle. It took me a while to realise that I was going to have to work very hard....

The third, well, was the typical me that we are trying to get rid of! Mind you, I probably did most of my errors in that one. Not sure about that actually, again, my length was not good enough at times...

Now, a week off before starting training again, not here

unfortunateley, unless I miss my plane in purpose....

Ah, and my mum told me that she wouldn't fed me if I didn't win...

A bit frustrated, I could feel I was playing better and better, and physically, I was feeling really good.

And I had to slip and twist my ankle...

Of course, I really disapointed of losing, but I'm really frustrated with not being able to play and fight till the end...

Oh well, it happens....

[2] Sarah-Jane Perry 3-1 [6] Laura Pomportes (Fra)
                         13/11, 11/7, 6/11, 11/4 (45m)


If Sarah-Jane Perry had a pretty simple tournament up to now, things got a bit more complicated today against "nothing to lose and homecrowd support" Laura Pomportes.

The first game was the longest, 15m, and the Frenchgirl led for most of it, 6/3 then 8/6. But Sarah-Jane dug in, starting to retrieve beautifully all the nice attacks Laura was sending to her, to level at 8/8. She got herself two game balls at 10/8, but this time, it's Laura that came back and even got a game ball of her own, 11/10. But two great winners later, Sarah-Jane walks out with a crucial game, 13/11.

In the second, it looked like the work done plus the disapointement of losing the opening game took their toll on Laura, who lost it rather quickly, 11/7.

The third, well, Sarah-Jane went a bit to LaLa land, bless her, after something cheering noise from the crowd disturbed her, I think. And her concentration went zooooom out of the window, she started making errors, silly ones, and offered the court to Laura, too happy to kill the ball and put her opponent under a heck of a pressure.

The 4th was unfortunately a bit short run, as  Laura twisted her ankle as she went for a shot at the front and slipped. The ref, not really aware of what was going on, didn't let her take 3 minutes at the end of the rally, but to be fair, I don't think the damage could have been sorted in those three minutes.

Laura stayed on court, her movement seemed umpaired, but she was finding some excellent winners - nothing worse that an injured opponent, as everybody knows!

Sarah-Jane kept her head this time, kept on applying the pressure on the French girl who just mentally was not on the match anymore, too worried about her ankle at a few days from the Pyramides probably.

It was still a good match, 45m, the longest match of the tournament, and Sarah-Jane logically takes this first WSA title.

May I finish by saying how wonderful it's been to see again/meet WSA girls I didn't have the chance to meet before. They've been a joy to work with, a joy to laugh with, and I hope that I'll be able to see them all very soon again.

21st-June 2012 - Semis    

[2] Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 [3] Maud Duplomb (Fra)
                            11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (24m)

[6] Laura Pomportes (Fra) 3-0 [Q] Nadeen Shahin (Egy)
                            11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (31m)

Pomportes to try and stop Perry
Cubs summarise from Witley Bay, UK

It will be an Anglo-French final of the WSA $5k Ile Rousse International on the French island of Corsica after tonight’s semi-finals at at Squash Loisirs.

English second seed Sarah-Jane Perry proved too strong for Maud Duplomb, although the French third seed ran as willingly as ever before losing 11/3, 11/3, 11/6.

“Ruthless or rubbish, nothing in between,” said Perry, pleased once more with her petformance. “Maud never gives up, I just had to keep putting the ball away from her.”

“It was a bit too fast for me today,” admitted Duplomb, “I was constantly late on the ball. I would have loved to slow her down, but that’s not my game. Oh well, beach for me now,” she concluded.

Perry faces another Frenchwoman in the final after sixth seed Laura Pomportes ended the run of Egyptian qualifier Nadeen Shahin 11/9, 11/5, 11/8 to reach her first-ever WSA final.

“The first game was pretty close and I didn’t attack vey much,” admitted Pomportes, “but once I relaxed I was more incisive and able to hurt her at the front. I was really glad to win 3/0 as I saw that she won an eartlier round from 2/0 down.

“For the final, Sarah-Jane is playing well, but I have nothing to lose, I’ll try my best to keep the title in France!”

[2] Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 [3] Maud Duplomb (Fra)
                            11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (24m)


God know the French girl, WR71, run and run, as she always did, but Sarah-Jane Perry, WR43 (her best so far) was just in a different league today.

SJ, with a reach and a shot-making that furiously reminds me of James Willstrop, controlled all the rallies but very few. Maud just couldn't move her opponent out of the T, and when she was able to, the English girl was in one step onto the ball, and delaying her shots to perfect. Add to that a perfect accuracy at the back, and you have the scoreline of 3, 3, 6.

Just too good. Really.

Ah, and the French plot to take Sarah-Jane to enjoy the sites around Ile-Rousse and get her a sun-burn didn't work... Blast. 

"It was a bit too fast for me today, and she delays so well, I coudn't anticipate her shots, hence, I was constantly late on the ball, hence no length! Mind, not sure, maybe she was able to delay that well because my lenght was rubbish!

I would have loved to slow her down, but lifting the ball, well, not my game...

Oh well, Beach, here I come!!!!!


"Do you remember what you wrote about me the first time you saw me play, in Millfield a few years back? You wrote "I never saw a junior hit that hard and play so many flicks". Well, that's the way I decided to play today!!!

Maud never gives up, does she. She keeps getting the ball back, so I had to put the ball further away from her, keep her on a string!....

Ruthless or Rubbish. Nothing in between....

My first ever WSA final!

The first game was pretty close, as she is really good at the back of the court, especially on the back, she is sooo good there, but actually didn't attack that much today, I diddn't feel she hurt me to much there. But it took me a while to relax and let go of the arm...

Once I relaxed, I was more incisive at the front, and was able to hurt her a bit more volley drop shots.

The first game was pretty crucial, and I guess she got tired a bit after that, she was not as fast to the front.

I'm really glad to win 3/0, as I knew she played a match were she was led 2/0 down and match ball down, and she won!

I watch Sarah-Jane play, she is impressive. Not only she's got great shots, but she plays high shots very well, a complete player really. But hey, nothing to lose, and will try and best to keep the title in France!

[6] Laura Pomportes (Fra) 3-0 [Q] Nadeen Shahin (Egy)              11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (31m)


Let's pause for a minute, and remind us that Nadeen not only had to qualify for the event, played a five setter in the first round where she came back from 2/0 down, and that she is just turned 15.

She might have been a bit tired....

Still, I think that had she won the 1st, adrenalin might have kicked in, and carry her to the final...

Laura played her best today, and she had to to beat young Nadeen. First and third game mirrorred each other, with the Egyptian ahead a couple of points most of the game, but the French girl managing to close it out in the last rallies.

It was not one of those one-sided matches where you know the name of the winner from the middle of the first game. Laura did extremely well to absorb the energy of this young girl, who will I'm sure remember her first ever WSA outside Egypt....

See you soon, isa....


Ile-Rousse International 2012
18th-22nd 2012, Corsica, France, $5k
Round One
19th June
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11/6, 11/4, 11/4
Belen Etchechoury (Arg)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry 11/5, 11/6, 11/3 (24m)
[8] Sally Skaarenborg
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry

11/3, 11/3, 11/6 (24m)

[3] Maud Duplomb
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry

13/11, 11/7, 6/11, 11/4 (45m)

[6] Laura Pomportes
[8] Sally Skaarenborg (Den)
11/6, 11/3, 11/6
[Q] Nadine Cull (Nzl)
[3] Maud Duplomb (Fra)
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
[3] Maud Duplomb
 12/10, 11/6, 11/7 (22m)
[5] Zephanie Curgenven
[5] Zephanie Curgenven (Eng)
11/9, 11/5, 11/6
[WC] Anna-Carin Fortadius (Swe)
[Q] Virginie Fribourg (Fra)
11/6, 9/11, 11/8, 11/4
[7] Chloé Mesic (Fra)
[7] Chloé Mesic
11/3, 8/11, 13/11, 11/6 (28m)
[Q] Nadeen Shahin
[Q] Nadeen Shahin

 11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (31m)

[6] Laura Pomportes

[Q] Nadeen Ayman M. Shahin (Egy)
6/11, 9/11, 11/7, 16/14, 12/10
[4] Lotte Eriksen (Norq)
[LL] Noemie Marchetti (Fra)
11/5, 11/5, 12/10
[6] Laura Pomportes (Fra)
[6] Laura Pomportes
8/11, 11/4, 11/9, 11/7
[1] Brigit Coufal
[Q] Cecelia Cortes
11/9, 6/11, 11/4, 11/5
[1] Brigit Coufal (Aut)
*Mayar Aly Ezzo withdraw

Virginie Fribourg (Fra) 3-0 Ise de Bruyker (Fra)                                w/o
                                                                                                  plays Mesic
Nadine Cull (Nzl) 3-0 Lovisa Forstadius (Swe)                   11/5, 11/1, 11/9
                                                                                                 plays Skaarenborg
Cecelia Cortes (Usa) 3-0 Noelie Marchetti                        11/1, 11/7, 11/4
                                                                                                plays Coufal
Nadeene Ayman M. Shahin (Egy) v Bilkis Nahaboo (Fra) 11/4, 11/4, 11/3
                                                                                                plays Eriksen