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Carrie Carries Off European Junior Crown

31 Mar 2010

England's Carrie Ramsey became the surprise winner of the European Junior U19 Championship title after beating top-seeded compatriot Millie Tomlinson in the women's final of the leading European Squash Federation Junior Circuit event in the Austrian capital Vienna.

The 18-year-old from Leeds in Yorkshire was a 3/4 seed - and reached the final after defeating Cyrielle Peltier, a 5/8 seed from France who caused an earlier upset by removing the event's second seed.

Ramsey, who had suffered four successive defeats to Tomlinson since November, recovered from a game down to build up a 2/1 lead over the event favourite.

But Tomlinson, the 17-year-old from Derbyshire who was runner-up in the 2009 championship, battled back to draw level.

However, Ramsey still had reserves to call upon and stormed through the decider to record her sensational shock 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3 title-winning victory in 75 minutes.

Ramsey becomes the 11th English winner of the women's title since Cassie Jackman in the inaugural championships in 1989.

The men's final saw the top two seeds vying for supremacy - with French favourite Lucas Serme and second-seeded German Rudi Rohrmuller arriving in Vienna two-all in their head-to-head count in previous ESF Junior events since May 2006.

Again the winner conceded the first game before Serme fought back to beat Rohrmuller 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 in exactly one hour.

Serme not only becomes the second Frenchman to win the title in three years - but also the first player in the 21-year history of the championships to emulate a sibling as European Junior champion, after sister Camille Serme won the women's trophy a record three times from 2006 to 2008.

Men's final:
[1] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [2] Rudi Rohrmuller (GER) 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (60m)

Women's final:
[3/4] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt [1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3 (75m)