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Peltier Powers To European Junior Upset

29 Mar 2010

Cyrielle Peltier, a 5/8 seed from France, claimed an unexpected place in the women's semi-finals of the European Junior U19 Championships in Vienna after beating England's second seed Kimberley Hay in the only quarter-final upset in the leading European Squash Federation Junior Circuit event in the Austrian capital.

The Le Mans-born 17-year-old took the first two games against Hay, a semi-finalist last year. But the 18-year-old from Newcastle-upon-Tyne battled back to draw level.

In a tightly-contested decider, it was Peltier who prevailed, winning 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9 to set up a clash with a further English opponent Carrie Ramsey, a 3/4 seed.

The other women's semi-final will be an all-English affair between favourite Millie Tomlinson, last year's runner-up, and 3/4 seed Julianne Courtice.

France's Lucas Serme is on course to win the Men's title as predicted by the seeding. The 18-year-old from Creteil recovered from a game down to beat England's James Earles 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 and will now take on a second English opponent Charles Sharpes, the English Junior champion.

Sharpes, a 3/4 seed, beat fellow countryman Nathan Lake 9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3.

Germany's No2 seed Rudi Rohrmuller will face England's Ben Coleman in the other semi. Coleman, a 3/4 seed, despatched Dutchman Rick Penders 11-1, 11-5, 11-4, while Rohrmuller checked out Czech Republic opponent Daniel Mekbib 11-4, 13-11, 11-6.

Men's Quarter-finals:
[1] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [5/8] James Earles (ENG) 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-4
[3/4] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [5/8] Nathan Lake (ENG) 9-11, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3
[3/4] Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [9/16] Rick Penders (NED) 11-1, 11-5, 11-4
[2] Rudi Rohrmuller (GER) bt [5/8] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 11-4, 13-11, 11-6

Women's Quarter-finals:
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [5/8] Tesni Evans (WAL) 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-4
[3/4] Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt [5/8] Melissa Alves (FRA) 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 12-10
[3/4] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt [5/8] Anna Klimundova (CZE) 14-12, 11-7, 11-7
[5/8] Cyrielle Peltier (FRA) bt [2] Kimberley Hay (ENG) 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9