On the men's side, France won their ticket to the semi-finals of the European 2015 team paddle championships this morning and will meet Belgium. (Tomorrow from 10h)
In women, there was no real trick. If Lines Meites and Emmelien Lambreights had to fight to leave the first match against the Netherlands, health course for the other French pairs.
"Not that easy
Unlike the Dutch team which had numbered their pairs according to the level of each of them, the team of France had opted to put the team 2 (Halls / Carity) in 1, the team 3 ( Ferrrandez / Desliens) in 2 and the 1 team (Haziza / Scatena) in 3. Balance: it passes but we played a dangerous game.
1 Match: Alexis Salles hurt but brave and a great Cédric Carité
Against the Netherlands, the road was long, tortuous but the victory was at the end, especially with much more fear than harm for Alexis Salles who in his first match for the French team against Holland, writhes the ankle on one point.
France was believed to take the water after the loss of the first set, but very surprisingly the Netherlands collapse completely while France is fighting to win this match. Alexis Salles was able to rest on a big Cédric Carité who does not hesitate to take his responsibilities on all the high balls on the side of Alexis Salles.
Final Score: 5 / 7 6 / 1 6 / 3
How will the France team be composed tomorrow for its semi-finals? "Complicated" says Jerome Ferrandez player of the France team but also physio. For him, "chances are the pain will be bigger tonight"
2 match: Jérôme Ferrandez and Simon Desliens serious but not enough
The two French players played for the first time together. Maybe that's what missed out on a very compact dutch pair who usually play together. (6 / 2 4 / 6 6 / 3)
Ferrandez as Desliens tried everything to win, but in hot moments, the Dutch were more effective.
Small strategic alert in the choice to put them in 2 when they were in all ways better than the 3 team of the Netherlands. There would have been a lot of regret if Alexis Salles had to withdraw and lose that point in 1 match. To meditate…
3 Match: Haziza / Scatena: The bosses wander
There were no matches. The Dutch pair was very much below our French. Haziza and Scatena win 6 / 4 6 / 3 in express mode.
We can say that the shop is saved by Carité / Salles. Appointment tomorrow to know if Alexis Salles will play his match against the Belgian or if he will be replaced because of ankle injury.
Be careful however because the Belgian team is certainly more homogeneous than the Netherlands. There is not really a point insured. It will be necessary to make choices:
1 / Who to play in 1? In 2? In 3?
2 / On the choice of partner Jerome Ferrandez who in any way will certainly keep his position as a player right? Simon Desliens or Simon Boissé?
3 / Alexis Salles, must he line up with Cédric Carité tomorrow when he has a weak ankle?
In front, we have players who participated in the world championships by padel team. They have experience. they are all competitors (former tennis pros or very good tennis players ...). For some, it would be even a final before the time since Spain is not present, England either and Portugal did not come with its best players because of an open conflict between 2 "representatives of the Portuguese padel ".
Exclusive Info: Simon Boissé voted best petanque player on a padel court by the entire team after a memorable tournament. Will this influence the choice of captain Alexis Salles to trust him with Jerome Ferrandez? Only the future will tell us.
In women: 3 / 0 ... Who's next?
Next: France / Portugal is the final expected by all padel observers. France has been above the fray so far.
Only complicated match: The one of Line Meites and Emmelien Lambreghts who realize a big match against complicated players to play.
Laura Clergue / Audrey Casanova and Géraldine Sorel / Sandy Godard did not need to force to win in two straight sets their matches.
Against Portugal, the battle promises to be tough. It will take place Sunday. Tomorrow is day off.
Franck Binisti - Padel Magazine
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.