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Nantes Open Women's SF Roundup: Ramadan and Chadwick to Contest Final

The Women’s Open International de Squash de Nantes final will see 18-year-old Egyptian Hana Ramadan take on England’s World No.98 Rachael Chadwick after they achieved respective wins over Laura Pomportes and Julianne Courtice at the PSA W5 event held at the Cité Internationale des Congrès

Ramadan overcame a nervy start against Pomportes, who was cheered on by a raft of home supporters, to record an 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 victory in 33 minutes.

“I tried to focus more on my game plan and my shots,” Ramadan said.

“They weren’t that deep at the beginning, so I had to regain focus, try to work things out and concentrate on court because I wasn’t at the beginning. Laura is a very good player, wining 3-0 against her is a great achievement, and all credit to her for making the game so challenging.”

Chadwick, meanwhile, was pushed to four by Courtice in a highly entertaining battle that saw both players take two games apiece to set up a tense fifth game showdown.

Chadwick stormed into an early lead in the decider and fended off a late fightback from Courtice to move through to a second successive final after reaching the same stage at last month’s Legacy Wealth Belfast Open.

“It’s been a fantastic week, in front of a fantastic crowd,” said Chadwick.

“As ever, it was a huge 3-2 battle against Julianne. I know how hard she’s been training, I was expecting it to be tough, and it was. I think she played extremely well, hitting very hard and very solid. As for me, I was retrieving well, and I dug in well.”

2016 Open International de Squash de Nantes – Women’s Semi-Final Results
[3] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [8] Laura Pomportes (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (33m)
[6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) bt [Q] Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-2: 10-12, 13-11, 14-12, 8-11, 11-8 (61m)

2016 Open International de Squash de Nantes – Women’s Final Draw
[3] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v [6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG)

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