Exceptional the first Junior Open of EFOA
With the participation of approximately 40 children from Athens, the first Junior Open of the season was held in the Athens Tennis Club at the weekend of December 5-6. The games were very impressive and the taste that was left was very hopeful. After many years, we saw many young children being eager and caring to play squash, besides having hopes to replace our present champions.
The big fights among the girls occured between Aggeliki Nassiopoulou (Yiorgos’s sister) and Elena Korakianiti. Aggeliki won both games with great difficulty with 3-0 – the first for the trials of G18 and the second for the finals of G16. Aggeliki is very dynamic while Elena has a wonderful style. It is certain that we are going to see great games between these two girls in the future. Similarly, we saw a nice presence and a very strong game from Katerina Triantafillidi and Lydia Kalogeropoulou in the trials of G16.
In the M18 category, we had Yiorgos Koukos on the upper side of the board as he reached the finals without getting wet, while on the lower side of the board, Odysseas Chatziraptis, Yiorgos Nassiopoulos and MIchael Piliounis fought a duel. In the middle of dramatic games, Michael emerged as the winner and deservedly reached the finals. There, he found Yiorgos Koukos who played very forcefully and left no room for reaction to Michael.
Michael faced Yiorgos Nassiopoulos both in the trials of M18 and the finals of M16. Both games were very nice, with a lot of energy and great strikes. In both games, Michael was slightly better and fairly won them with 3-1.
Odysseas Menexelis had also a very good presence. He has very good movements and if he focuses on squash, he will definitely have his parents’ upgrowth.
Natalia Triantafillidi and sisters Zoe, Venia and Ioanna, who were the youngest of the tournament, made their first appearance in order to acquire experience as well as watch good games.
Despite the fact that Natalia was 4 years younger than her opponent, she kept the game and brought it into alignment, exchanging very nice throws, reaching 12-10/12-10/11-7 in favour of Drakou.
Venia, in spite of playing for the first time, she played hard without any stress, pushing her teammate, but she eventually lost with 3-0 in very close games 12-10/12-10/11-8. Ioanna, who is more emotional, followed her teammate’s tough game, but her excessive stress didn’t let her play as she would wish to. Next time.
The squash Academies in Voula, Vari and the ATC have started paying off!
The future of squash is here.
What follows is the boards and results.