11 décembre 2016 ~ 0 Commentaire


People had come in numbers to the HPark club to watch the final and they were treated with a quality match between Nele Gilis and Amanda Landers-Murphy. The Belgian girl came out as the victor after 4 games and more than an hour of play. She wins her first $10,000 tournament, at only 20 years old.

Jérôme Elhaïk, in Clermont-Ferrand

[3] Nele GIlis (BEL) bat [7] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) : 3 jeux à 1 (11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8)

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She was obviously delighted during the trophy ceremony. “It was my first final of a 10k tournament, she said, and I won it, so that’s wonderful. I had a superb week here in Clermont-Ferrand, I’d like to thank the organizers for setting up such a good event. I hope I can come back next year. Now it’s time for me to have a break, I am leaving to New Zealand in a couple of days with my boyfriend (New Zealander Paul Coll, who had the biggest victory of his career on Saturday in Manchester over Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez). I watched him play this afternoon and I was more stressed for his match than I was for mine!


Naturally, her opponent is also going to spend the Christmas period in New Zealand. We caught up with Amanda Landers-Murphy after the final. “I am obviously disappointed, she said, I think it was a good match but she was the better player today. She played the crucial points better than I did. But overall I am happy with my week, it was kind of a comeback for me (she hadn’t played of tournament outside from Australia or New Zealand since May). As I said yesterday, I took a few month break this year, because I wasn’t enjoying playing anymore. So I used this time to reassess and do other things than squash, for example spend some time with my friends. Now, I hope that I will be able to carry this momentum forward at the beginning of 2017.”

Don’t miss the interview of Nele Gilis’ coach, Dutchman Bart Wijnhoven (will be published later on today)

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