During the event there have been over 100 matches played on 10 courts simultaneously, with the participation of over 200 athletes, including players from the top ten PSA World Tour ranking.
As predicted, the English women triumphed among the ladies. In the grand finale they faced the French. The first pair on the court were Laura Massaro and Camille Serme (respectively: 7 and 6 rocket of the world in the PSA World Tour ranking). Camille Serme needed just three sets to win (5:11, 9:11 and 7:11). In the second match Alison Waters defeated Coline Aumard without major problems (11: 8, 11: 7 and 11: 5). The English ladies’ triumph was sealed by Victoria Lust, who won with Melissa Alves 11: 3, 11: 5 and 11: 5. After the match, Lust concluded: – It is known that the leaders of both teams play at a very similar level, this time Camille was better. The entire squad of our team is more even, Alison and I have won our duels. I think we have a chance to maintain the level of our national team – we still have many promising young players in the country – added Lust.
The bronze medal in the women’s category was won by Team Belgium, who beat Team Netherlands 2-0 (Nele Gilis – Milou van der Heijden 3:2 and Tinne Gilis – Nathalie Grinham 3:1). The 5th place of Team Wales, may be considered as a surprise (a year ago they stood on the lowest stage of the podium). Germany and the Czech Republic are being relegated from Division 1, in their place the Spaniards and Scots are promoted. Austria and Russia will fall from Division 2, the Polish women finish the Championships at the 5th place of the lower division.
The men’s finals did not disappoint the expectations of any of the fans who admired the struggles of the English and the French. The first two duels were won by France: Mathieu Castagnet beat James Willstrop (11:2, 11:6, 11:4), and Gregory Gaultier defeated Nick Matthew (11:7, 11:6, 11:7). In the third game, the Englishman Daryl Selby won against Lucas Serme (12:10, 11:3, 11:2). The French needed to win a set or 19 points to defend the trophy. The first part of the match Baptiste Masotti – Declan James was won by the Englishman (11: 8). After an extremely tense pursuit in the second set, the Frenchman won 11: 9, securing the French gold of European Championships. Masotti did not hide his emotions after the meeting: – We are a strong team and very close friends. Gregory Gaultier is my idol for a long time, it’s a great honor to play with him! I love this team!
The third place was taken by the Spaniards, who beat Germans in their last match. The teams from Denmark and the Czech Republic are being relegated from Division 1, the Swiss and Hungarians are taking their places. The Austrians and – unfortunately – Poles were eliminated from Division 2.
After four days full of squash at the highest level, the organizers would like to thank the participants, fans, referees, Wrocław authorities, volunteers and all involved in the European Championship ETC 2018!