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Throwback Thursday: The Story of the 2017 Women’s Open International de Squash de Nantes

The Open International de Squash de Nantes kicks off the live squash season next week as the tournament takes place from 4 – 9 September.

A high quality draw will see the likes of former World No.1 James Willstrop and France’s three-time tournament champion Gregoire Marche battle it out for the men’s title. While the women’s draw will see the likes of England’s Emily Whitlock, Fiona Moverley – who won the title last year – Belgium’s Nele Gilis and Egypt’s Nadine Shahin all compete for the women’s honours.

To get you in the mood we take a look back at the story of last year’s women’s tournament.

Round One
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [WC] Julie Rossignol (FRA) 3-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)
[Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [7] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 5-11, 12-14, 11-5, 11-2 (51m)
[5] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-2: 11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5 (41m)
[2] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [Q] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 (36m)
[Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt [8] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-2: 3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
[6] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (59m)
[3] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [Q] Menna Hamed (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 (55m)

Qualifiers Nouran El Torky and Sivasangari Subramaniam caused the upsets in round one as they defeated Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy and England’s Rachael Chadwick, respectively, to reach the quarter-finals.

Egypt’s El Torky came from 2-1 down on the side courts to defeat compatriot Mickawy and book her place in the next round. While, Malaysian teenager Subramaniam upstaged Chadwick by a 3-1 scoreline to advance.

[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [Q] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-2: 6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 (51m)
[5] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [3] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-2: 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10 (61m)
[2] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [6] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-1: 11-2, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11 (40m)

In the quarter-finals, home hope Coline Aumard was the only top seed to fail to reach the semi-finals as she fell to Canada’s Hollie Naughton who stayed resilient to withstand an Aumard fightback to see out the match.

English duo Millie Tomlinson and Fiona Moverley both ensured their respective tournaments continued as they overcame Malaysia’s Subramaniam and Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi, respectively. While Belgium’s Gilis completed the semi-final line-up with a comfortable straight-games victory over Egyptian qualifier El Torky.

[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-2: 7-11, 11-13, 11-6, 13-11, 11-3 (61m)
[2] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [5] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (24m)

England’s Moverley and Belgium’s Gilis set up a final encounter for the women’s trophy as they saw off Naughton and top seed Tomlinson, respectively.

Gilis came from 2-0 down to shock Tomlinson and book herself a place in her eighth PSA Tour final.

Meanwhile, Moverley continued to impress as she eased past Canada’s Naughton to secure a final berth in just 24 minutes.

[2] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [4] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)

England’s Moverley took the most lucrative women’s Open International de Squash de Nantes title ever after she defeated Belgium’s Gilis in straight-games at the $15,000 prize money tournament.

Moverley looked in complete control as she closed out the match by an 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 scoreline in 35 minutes.

“It feels amazing,” said Moverley following her win.

“It’s the first tournament of the season and it’s amazing to get off to a great start and win the event. It was one of my targets to win this event so to achieve it feels really good.”

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