to the end of their strength!

CRITÉRIUM Régional at the Tennis-Club Sablais: until the end of their forces!

The Tennis Club Sablais hosted on clay, from June 20 to 26, 2022, the Regional Championship of the 2nd series (Criterium), as well as Espérance (3rd series) and the Omnium.

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The Crit or Wimbledon?

We had planned to go to Wimbledon, but in view of the high level of the regional Criterium, we remained convincing, the matches would certainly be of great intensity.
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After a great paella, it’s time for sport and the finals!
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Criterium results
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FEMININE

In the women’s draw, the title went to Pauline Courcoux, ranked -15 fromAngers Tennis Club.
She won her match against Chloé Noël (from JS Coulaines), also ranked at -15.
We had been impressed the day before by the game of Chloé who succeeded in all her shots and clearly dominated her opponent Me Lepinay, admittedly ranked only 3/6 but who had entered her record in the previous rounds with two good performances, one at 0 and one at -2/6. Chloé Noël won the match with a dry score of 6/0 6/2.
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But in the final, the game turned out very differently. Pauline Courcoux’s acting did not suit Chloé Noël as much as she would have liked. Throughout the match, we therefore witnessed more two games that annihilated each other, preventing the competitors from freeing themselves. It therefore follows empty passages, sometimes brilliant points but other times regular faults.
The match was more attractive by the suspense due to a very tight score than by high-flying tennis.
Nevertheless, the two players were deserving in their fight which ended with the victory of Pauline Courcoux with the score of 5/7 7/5 7/6.
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Table Crit F

Regional women’s criterium Tennis-Club Sablais June 2022

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Pauline Courcoux after her snatch victory!

Pauline Courcoux after her victory © Le Reporter sablais
Pauline Courcoux after her victory © Le Reporter sablais

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MALE
If the women’s table offers players up to -15, it was not so for the men, the best ranked being Coupu-Moison, from Snuc, ranked at -2/6, and Paul Theate, also -2/ 6 and also Snuc.
However, the table foreshadowed great struggles with two -2/6 and seven 0!
After fights that the scores do not always reflect, the following two 0s stood out: Martin SABAS, (US Bouguenais) at the top of the table, and Benjamin MARTIN, (Tennis-Club de Montaigu), in the opposite table.
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FR PHOTOS Martin SABAS

Martin Sabas
Martin Sabas


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FR PHOTOS Benjamin MARTIN

Benjamin Martin
Benjamin Martin
Benjamin Martin
Benjamin Martin

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It’s a sporting spectacle of a very good level that we gave to the two finalists.
Not a stereotypical game with endless elevators; no, a varied game with long trajectories, angles, opposites, sudden accelerations which delighted the many spectators.

Sometimes there were even fierce races to return balls that seemed out of reach. And yet, after four, five, six crossings of the field, they most often manage to put a ball back into play when the point seemed to have been won.

Physical fatigue begins to be felt for Benjamin Martin

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What will have surprised us the most is the number of amortizations carried out. At such a level of play, dampings are generally used appropriately. It seems that in this match, their use was chosen as a tactic to tire the opponent to the extreme.
This final was also very tight and at the end of the second set, it was believed that Martin Sabas would win in two tight sets. But when taking over at the end of the second, Martin Sabas seemed to want to finish too quickly with perhaps inappropriate stolen services, although sometimes the tactic works against an opponent forced to play small arms….
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. Fatigue or resulting from amortizations, it was believed that the match was going to stop when Martin Sabas was reached at the beginning of the third set by cramps. But he managed to continue without physical damage, in any case visible.
The third set was fierce, none of the players giving up. The public was expectant, really did not know who would take over.
The two players returned to 5 everywhere in the third fought until the end of their forces.
Everyone wanted to win that coveted title of Criterium winner.
It was finally Benjamin MARTIN who emerged victorious from this long sporting fight with the score of 6/7 7/6 7/5.

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Salute at the end of the game

Martin Sabas on the left, on the right the winner Benjamin MARTIN.
Martin Sabas on the left, on the right the winner Benjamin MARTIN.


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THE WINNER Benjamin MARTIN cracks for a few seconds before letting his joy explode

Nobody will have seen it, but the winner hoped for this victory so much that after shaking his opponent’s hand, he broke down for a few seconds without the public realizing it, before letting his joy explode!
The photographer of Sablais journalist was present and was able to take the picture on the spot. Sometimes, thanks to the press, the result of a match can be transcended.

Benjamin MARTIN winner of the Regional Tennis Criterium – Les Sables-d’Olonne Vendée
Benjamin MARTIN winner of the Regional Tennis Criterium – Les Sables-d’Olonne Vendée
Benjamin MARTIN winner of the Regional Tennis Criterium – Les Sables-d’Olonne Vendée


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AWARDS CEREMONY

with in particular Gérard Hecht, elected in charge of Sport and Gilles Brossard, president of the Tennis-Club Sablais
as well as collectors, referees, elected officials from the Pays de la Loire League and the Federation.

Gérard Hecht, elected in charge of sport and Gilles Brossard, president of the Sablais Tennis-Club
Chloé Noël and Pauline Courcoux – Gilles Brossard

Martin Sabas and Benjamin MARTIN – Gérard Hecht

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