After an electric 4-days at David Ross Sports Village, England and France shared the top honours of the AJ Bell European Individual Championships (24 - 27 August), as James Willstrop and Camille Serme win contrasting Anglo-French finals.
University of Nottingham Scholar, Coline Aumard, appeared in the women’s semi-finals against Belgium's Nele Gils, who went on to win the bronze in Sunday’s performance.
"Long matches are what I live for" joked Gilis. "Obviously it would have been nice to go one better than last year's silver, but Camille is a great champion and I've lost to her three years in a row. I lost the 3/4 match to Coline two years ago, so […] I'm very happy to go home with Bronze."
Gold medallist, Serme, appearing in her seventh consecutive final, claimed Gold for the sixth time in a row with a comprehensive three-game win over Millie Tomlinson, who was meeting world #3 Serme for the first time.
Serme said: "I couldn't afford to play Millie at 90%, she's too dangerous so I had to be on top of my game. I'm happy with how I played and extremely proud to become European Champion again."
Home hopes then rested on Willstrop as he took on France's Gregory Gaultier, the world #1 who was appearing in his 13th consecutive EIC final and looking for a 10th title.
The Englishman’s win was belated revenge for his defeat by Gaultier in the 2004 EIC semi-finals - when Gaultier went on to take his first title - and England's first male success in the revamped event, following Chris Walker's hat-trick in the early 90s.
"That was a brutal match at times, it's hard to believe we've been playing each other like that for so long! […] "Greg is a great champion, and I'm proud to beat him. "It's been a great event, thanks to all the sponsors, AJ Bell , Nottingham and the University for putting on the event in such a great venue. A special thanks to Malcolm, for all he's done for me over the years, this one is for you!"
You can watch the live stream from the finals on Facebook.
Watch the Men's finals here
Watch the Women's finals here
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Posted on Thursday 31st August 2017