ENGLAND AND FRANCE TO CONTEST THE WOMEN’S FINAL FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR.
France will be looking to make it third time lucky when they face off again against England in tomorrow’s final. Neither team has really looked in too much danger of failing to set up this rematch with comprehensive 2-0 wins in both semi finals courtesy of Laura Massaro and Sarah Jane Perry leading the charge for England and Camille Serme and Coline Aumard for France.
FRANCE V WALES (Report)
Aumard secures France a place in tomorrows final with a comprehensive win over Saffery 11/8 11/1 11/5
Serme nails home the advantage for France, taking the fourth 11/8 Wales now need to win both of the remaining matches, next up Coline Aumard (FRA) v Deon Saffrey (WAL)
It’s a war of attrition now with Serme winning the third 11/6 taking back the initiative and drawing Evans into longer exchanges, its 2-1
Evans is breathing fire, looking world class and brimming with belief, she takes it 11/4 to tie the match 1-1
A dominant start by Serme, she takes the opening game 11/3
First on court, world number 4 Camille Serme takes on the rising star from Wales, Tesni Evans, currently at a career high of 25 and sparkling with confidence after her recent 3-0 win over England’s Alison Waters.
France will be considered strong favourites to join England in tomorrow’s final having succeeded in that for the last two years. We have to travel back to 1983 for Wales best podium position of third, but they are fired up and will be fighting to go at least one better today.
ENGLAND V NETHERLANDS (Report)
Perry takes it 11/7 7/11 11/2 11/7 so it’s England through to tomorrow’s final
Perry fires into another gear in third with a devastating mixture of touch and raw power, she takes it 11/2
The fight back starts! a solid consistent performance from Van De Hejden as she takes the second 11/7 it’s now 1-1
A strong start from Ven De Hejden before Perry imposes her power into the game and takes it 11/7
Next on court Sarah Jane Perry (ENG) V Milou Van De Hejden (NET)
Netherlands must win the final two matches to take a place in the final.
Massaro wins in three 11/7 11/7 11/7
England’s Women have only failed to win the European Team Championship on one occasion in its 37 year history, their opponents on that rarest of occasions back in 2010 are their semi final opponents today, The Netherlands.
It’s the number one seeds on court first, the current World Number two Laura Massaro (ENG) versus the former World Number 2 Natalie Grinham (NET)