New EICC champions crowned in Helsinki

Olli Tuominen drove the home crowd wild on the last day of the European Individual Closed Championships in Helsinki, Finland. The 3/4 seed 33-year old world number 23 from Helsinki became the first Finn to win the title after beating number two seed Borja Golan of Spain 3/0 in the men’s final.

Tuominen showed his supporters his best play. In the first game the ball did not reach the back wall too many times, as both Tuominen and Golan were hitting hard and low and volleying as much as possible. Tuominen seemed to secure the first game with is as he raced to 8-5 lead. Golan fought his way back and tied the game at 8/8, but Tuominen could not be overtaken. He took a 10/8 lead and ended the game with an explosive backhand crosscourt from the front.

In the second game it was the world number 20 Golan who was already 9/5 ahead before Tuominen got back his pace and took 6 points in a row to win the game 11/9.

In the third game Tuominen continued his one-inch-above-the-tin dropshots and Golan lost faith. Tuominen took the game 11/3 and secured the gold medal.

“To tell you the truth, I would never have believed that I’ll win the title”, the happy winner said in the midst of celebration and compared the feeling to winning the European Junior Championship in front of a home crowd in 1997.

“This was a great ending to a season that has been better and better towards the end. Now a good summer training and I’ll come strong to next season”, Tuominen continued.

The men´s bronze went to Simon Rösner of Germany, who did not let the first time semifinalist Mathieu Castagnet surprise him. He lost the first game but won the match eventually 6/11, 11/7, 13/11, 11/7.

It was a new winner in the ladies´ draw as well. The final was a replay of last year’s final, only this time it was 23-year old Camille Serme of France who fought a 3/1 victory over the experienced Natalie Grinham of Netherlands.

The ladies’ final will not go in to history as a classic. Both players had some difficulties keeping the length in their shots and avoiding mistakes. It was Grinham who managed with fewer faults in the first game, winning it 11/8. In the second and third game it was Grinhams turn to make the mistakes and Serme marched to a 11/6 win.

The Australian-born world number 9 fought bravely in the fourth game but finally had to give in to an increasingly confident Serme. The world number 10 from Paris took the fourth game 11/9 and raised her hands in the air to celebrate her first title in front of the French team.

“I think I’ll buy champagne for the whole team tonight,” the young champion smiled. “I don’t know if I could have handled a fifth game. It’s been a long season and this tournament took a lot of energy,” she continued.

The runner-up Natalie Grinham took comfort in the fact that she had good time to make it to her flight back home to celebrate her son´s second birthday on Sunday. “Neither of us played our best game. I wasn’t very comfortable with the court and the lighting outside it. But Camille would have been a tough opponent anyway,” Grinham said.

If the final was not that much of a show, the bronze match gave the audience its money’s worth. It took full five games for Lucie Fialova of Czech Republic to take her first European medal as she beat her close friend Gaby Huber-Schmohl of Switzerland.

The world number 37, Fialova, seemed to march to victory taking a quick 2/0 lead before the aggressive style of Huber-Schmohl started to bear fruit. She tied the games to 2/2. In the fifth game Fialova quickly raced to 8/2 lead but Huber-Schmohl did not give in. She fought her way back in to the game before Fialova secured the bronze medal with a 11/7 win in the fifth.

“I was pretty nervous. Last time I played Gaby I was 2/0 up and lost 2/3. I decided that this time it won’t happen,” Fialova said after the game. “I was not expecting a medal. This is a perfect way to start the summer vacation,” concluded the 23-year old from Prague.

Pete Saarnivaara

26-May, Finals:

[2] Camille Serme (Fra) bt [1] Natalie Grinham (Ned)  8/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/9
3rd/4th Lucie Fialova bt Gaby Huber 3/2

[3/4] Olli Tuominen (Fin) bt [2] Borja Golan (Esp)  11/8, 11/9, 11/3
3rd/4th Simon Rosner bt Mathieu Castagnet 3/1

Complete results are below the photogallery

Complete final results

Men
3rd place playoff
Simon Rösner GER – Mathieu Castagnet FRA 6/11 11/7 13/11 11/7
Final
Olli Tuominen FIN – Borja Golan ESP 11/8 11/9 11/3

Women
3rd place playoff
Lucie Fialova CZE – Gaby Huber-Schmohl SUI 11/8 11/8 8/11 10/12 11/7
Final
Camille Serme FRA – Natalie Grinham NED 8/11 11/6 11/6 11/9

Complete playoff results.

Men positions 5-29

Pos. 5-8
Nicolas Müller SUI – Henrik Mustonen FIN 9/11 11/3 11/5 11/8
Gregoire Marche FRA – Julien Balbo FRA 11/6 11/5 9/11 1/11 11/5
Pos. 7-8
Henrik Mustonen FIN – Julien Balbo FRA w.o.
Pos. 5-6
Nicolas Müller SUI – Gregoire Marche FRA 17/19 11/9 11/6 3/11 11/4

Pos. 9-16
Aqeel Rehman AUT – Roman Svec CZE 11/7 11/6 11/8
Sebastiaan Weenink NED – Daniel Mekbib CZE 6/11 11/3 11/5 11/3
Bart Ravelli NED – Frank Hartkoren NED 11/5 11/4 12/10
Matias Tuomi FIN – Ruslan Sorochynskyi UKR 11/9 8/11 11/9 11/2
Pos. 9-12
Sebastiaan Weenink NED – Aqeel Rehman AUT 11/6 11/8 11/9
Bart Ravelli NED – Matias Tuomi FIN 11/4 11/3 11/4
Pos. 11-12
Aqeel Rehman AUT – Matias Tuomi FIN 11/7 16/14 12/10
Pos. 9-10
Sebastiaan Weenink NED – Bart Ravelli NED 11/9 11/6 11/9
Pos. 13-16
Roman Svec CZE – Daniel Mekbib CZE w.o.
Frank Hartkoren NED – Ruslan Sorochynskyi UKR 11/4 11/4 11/2
Pos. 15-16
Ruslan Sorochynskyi UKR bye
Pos 13-14
Frank Hartkoren NED – Roman Svec CZE 11/3 11/9 11/7

Pos. 17-30
Tatu Knuutila FIN bye
Marcin Karwowski POL – Dmitry Podvornyi UKR 11/4 13/11 11/6
Piedro Schweertman NED – Janne Järvinen FIN 11/6 11/8 11/1
Denys Podvornyi UKR bye
Ondrej Uherks CZE – Alexey Severinov RUS 13/15 11/7 11/9 11/8
Kostiantyn Rybalchenko UKR – Sergey Belyaev RUS 11/6 11/6 11/3
Wojtech Nowisz POL – Jaakko Vähämaa FIN 2/11 5/11 13/11 12/10 17/15
Martin Svec CZE bye
Pos. 17-24
Tatu Knuutila FIN – Marcin Karwowski POL 11/8 9/11 12/10 11/7
Piedro Schweertman NED – Denys Podvornyi UKR 11/1 11/7 11/9
Ondrej Uherka CZE – Kostiantyn Rybalchenko UKR 11/5 11/9 11/8
Martin Svec CZE – Wojtech Nowisz POL 8/11 11/9 10/12 11/8 11/3
Pos. 17-20
Piedro Schweertman NED – Tatu Knuutila FIN 11/3 11/3 11/3
Ondrej Uherka CZE – Martin Svec CZE 11/6 11/8 12/10
Pos. 19-20
Martin Svec CZE – Tatu Knuutila FIN 7/11 11/8 6/11 11/6 11/6
Pos. 17-18
Piedro Schweertman NED – Ondrej Uherka CZE 11/3 11/6 11/7
Pos. 21-24
Denys Podvornyi UKR – Marcin Karwowski POL 11/6 11/5 12/10
Kostiantyn Rybalchenko UKR – Wojtech Nowisz POL 11/2 12/10 11/6
Pos. 23-24
Wojtech Nowisz POL – Marcin Karwowski POL 11/8 12/10 11/9
Pos. 21-22
Kostiantyn Rybalchenko UKR – Denys Podvornyi UKR 8/11 11/7 11/3 11/6

Pos. 25-29
Dmitry Ivanov RUS bye
Janne Järvinen FIN bye
Alexey Severinov RUS – Sergey Belyaev RUS 11/7 11/8 11/7
Jaakko Vähämaa FIN bye
Pos. 25-28
Janne Järvinen FIN – Dmitry Ivanov RUS 11/1 11/2 11/3
Jaakko Vähämaa FIN – Alexey Severinov RUS 11/9 11/1 11/9
Pos. 27-28
Alexey Severinov RUS – Dmitry Ivanov RUS 11/4 11/7 14/12
Pos 25-26
Jaakko Vähämaa FIN – Janne Järvinen FIN 11/6 10/12 11/8 11/3

Women positions 5-21
Pos. 5-8
Maud Duplomb FRA – Orla Noom NED w.o.
Coline Aumard FRA – Laura Pomportes FRA 11/7 11/6 11/9
Pos. 7-8
Laura Pomportes bye
Pos. 5-6
Coline Aumard FRA – Maud Duplomb FRA 11/1 11/9 11/5

Pos 9-16
Olga Ertlova CZE – Anna Jurkun POL 11/4 11/2 11/4
Julia Lecoq FRA – Dominika Witkowska POL 11/4 11/4 11/4
Xisela Aranda ESP – Birgit Coufal AUT 5/11 11/7 11/4 8/11 11/4
Melissa Meulenbelt NED – Saara Valtola FIN 11/8 11/4 11/7
Pos. 9-12
Olga Ertlova CZE – Julia Lecoq FRA 11/8 13/11 11/6
Xisela Aranda ESP – Melissa Meulenbelt NED 11/9 11/6 11/4
Pos. 11-12
Melissa Meulenbelt NED – Julia Lecoq FRA 11/2 5/11 11/8 8/11 11/6
Pos 9-10
Olga Ertlova CZE – Xisela Aranda ESP 11/5 11/6 11/6
Pos. 13-16
Anna Jurkun POL – Dominika Witkowska POL 13/11 11/7 11/4
Birgit Coufal AUT – Saara Valtola FIN 11/4 13/11 11/4
Pos. 15-16
Saara Valtola FIN – Dominika Witkowska POL 7/11 11/5 11/2 11/9
Pos. 13-14
Birgit Coufal AUT – Anna Jurkun POL 11/2 11/5 11/4

Pos 17-21 (pool)
Emilia Soini FIN – Irina Belyaeva RUS 10/12 11/7 11/5 11/7
Emilia Soini – Aliis Allas EST 11/8 11/2 11/2
Emilia Soini – Ekaterina Marusan RUS 11/1 11/0 11/1
Emilia Soini – Emilia Korhonen FIN 11/9 8/11 11/5 11/7
Irina Belyaeva – Aliis Allas 11/5 11/4 11/2
Irina Belyaeva – Ekaterina Marusan RUS 11/3 11/4 11/8
Irina Belyaeva – Emilia Korhonen 11/7 11/6 11/5
Aliis Allas – Ekaterina Marusan 11/5 10/12 9/11 11/5 11/1
Aliis Allas – Emilia Korhonen 11/5 5/11 5/11 11/4 11/8
Ekaterina Marusan – Emilia Korhonen 11/9 11/5 11/9

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