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Oliver Holland Wins French Junior Open

23/02/2012
French Junior Open Squash Championships, Wambrechies, France
Final:
[3/4] Oliver Holland (ENG) bt [9/16] Richie Fallows (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 11-1
 
England's Olivier Holland claimed the U19 title in the French Junior Open Championships against expectation after an upset over the top seed in the long-established European Squash Federation Junior Circuit event in Wambrechies, France.
 
It was a victory over men's favourite Tom de Mulder in the semi-finals that took 17-year-old Holland to the event's first ever all-English men's final. The 3/4 seed's opponent was Richie Fallows, a 9/16 seed who had progressed three rounds beyond his seeding prediction - and who had ousted second-seeded compatriot Tom Ford in the semi-finals.
 
But Nottingham-based Holland became the first English winner of the title for four years when he defeated 16-year-old Fallows, from Essex, 11-8, 11-9, 11-1.
 
Semi-finals:
[3/4] Oliver Holland (ENG) bt [1] Tom de Mulder (BEL) 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 16-14
[9/16] Richie Fallows (ENG) bt [2] Tom Ford (ENG) 1-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7
Quarter-finals:
[1] Tom de Mulder (BEL) bt[5/8] Ashley Davies (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
[3/4] Oliver Holland (ENG) bt [5/8] Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG) 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 11-1
[9/16] Richie Fallows (ENG) bt [5/8] Matthew Sidaway (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8
[2] Tom Ford (ENG) bt [9/16] Lyell Fuller (ENG) 12-10, 12-10, 11-7