The ASL Bennwihr tournament reserved a surprise final. Because the performance not of the day but of the fortnight is to the credit of the 50-year-old local player Stéphane Aguillaume who beat four higher ranked players during the fortnight. This Sunday, after his 6-4, 6-3 victory against Martin Hentschel (15/1), the licensee of ASL Bennwihr had a little trouble believing it. “I didn’t expect that,” says the winner. “But it is true that I know the pitch and the surface perfectly. I know how to play with the wind. »
And yet Hentschel (ASER) started strong in the match by leading 3-0, taking advantage of a first ball which pushed by the wind hurt the fifty-year-old who was content at the start to remain calm by returning the ball to the court. Strategy paid off since his young opponent (25 years old) lost his means and struggled to find solutions against a player who took advantage of his mistakes (3-3 then 5-3) for the local.
“I had trouble on this surface,” concedes the winner of the day. “As soon as it accelerates, I did not know how to take the exchange in hand. I made more mistakes than winning points”. Because he often put the ball out on his backhands and his forehands flirted too much with the baseline.
“His game suited me well because I had pain in my thigh”, slips on his side Aguillaume. “And then with five turns and fifty years it is better to shorten the exchanges. »
By losing the first set, Hentschel wants to start again. If he wins the first game of the second set, Aguillaume recovers and takes the lead at 3-1 then 5-3. Sure of his tennis, the experienced player of ASL Bennwihr will logically win the title.
Lagardère defies logic
In the women’s final draw, Marine Lagardère won after having defeated her club partner Jade Huber in the final in two small secs: 6-3, 6-3. “It was a match match under difficult conditions with this heat. This is my first tournament victory,” rejoices the 29-year-old, who has been playing tennis since the age of 4. The one who is entering her seventh season at SR Colmar therefore “knew how to be more regular and more on the attack to win. »