Tinne Gilis (BEL) 2-0  Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 11-6, 11-7 (19m)
A bit of a clinical performance from the number 2 seed tonight. If last night against Satome, she was a bit slow to start and got a lot of the backfoot, tonight, none of that. A superb start, 3-0, 5-1, playing a sharp and accurate squash, corners reached and Nicole suffering a bit to get used to the court conditions – the Canadian was playing on the traditional court yesterday.
At the opener went along, Nicol started to find her marks, and lost the game “only” 11/6 in 9m. And she was more “pro-active” as she mentionned in her aftermatch interview, and offered some lovely hard intense fast rallies that the numerous Nantes crowd saluted with a few “c’est magnifique”… 3/3, 5/5, 6/5, it’s still all possible for the Canadian, but it’s match balls for Tinne, 10/5. Nicole will save 2, bowing 11/7 in 8m.
Only 2 errors the whole match for Tinne, and only one for Nicole. Very high standard of game.
At the begining of the match, it’s about getting used to the court. She played better than me and in the BO3 format, you can’t let your opponent to have such a good start. It took me a few points to adjust. And then, I had not only to adjust but also to be proactive. And when I was able to do that in patches, it went well.
Also, it’s about getting used to playing the top 10 girls – I know she is number 12 or something but she is playing top 10, and to do that the entire game. But if your length drops off, or if you are stuck behind her too many times in the rallies, it’s going to catch up with you physically.
I’m always trying to improve, maybe I could have stuck with her a little bit more and take a few more points, putting the pressure on a bit more to force a few more errors out of her, but overall, a tough and good match.
“Every match is different. I don’t think I’ve played Nicole recently and I know she’s been playing well lately so I had to start well and she took very opportunity I gave her so I’m glad I found a way to win. I wouldn’t say I’m completely comfortable on this court yet but hopefully I will as the week goes on but I love Nantes and the crowd are amazing.
“I would love to be in the top 10, I’m going to take it step by step but the season is long so I’m going to work hard for it and hopefully I can achieve it this season.”