Ronan Labar on the MX podium in Brno. Photo: Mark Phelan (LIVE)
Doubles double for Labar
Date: 9/30/2018 3:51 PM
Published by : Mark Phelan
Ronan Labar walked away from Brno this week with some sizeable silverware after victories in both the mixed doubles and men’s doubles and achievement the Frenchman has not done before on the BEC circuit. 

Labar got the days proceedings under way in the mixed doubles alongside Audrey Mittelheisser who as top seeds were the favourites to lift the title against new Danish pair Ditte Soby and Jeppe Bay. The Danes in their first tournament together put up a brave fight before the French battled through to win in three games. 

- This match was a question of solid serve and Ditte served very well for large parts of the match. They put a lot of pressure on us but after the interval in the third set we got control said Labar. 

Labar rounded off the double winning the men’s doubles alongside Thom Gicquel in what was the young Frenchman’s first International Challenge circuit win. 

- I am very happy for Thom as it is his first win. For me this is a first as it is the first time I have managed to win two finals. This is something else checked off the list said Labar. 

While Gicquel was winning his first title fellow French young gun Toma Junior Popov was lifting his seventh title at just 20 years of age. Popov beat Victor Svendsen to claim the men's singles title, a hat trick for France on finals day. 

Breakthrough win for Yvonne Li

Germany’s Yvonne Li (pictured above right on podium in Brno) spoke about trying to find her breakthrough senior win this past week in Brno and in today’s final the German delivered beating defending champion Neslihan Yigit to lift the title. 

- It is a breakthrough for me to win this senior title. What it does for me now is gives me great motivation to keep working hard and gets me a step closer to playing bigger events against the top players. 

WATCH - Yvonne Li Post match interview here

Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch did what Soby and Bay failed to do in the mixed doubles by winning their first tournament together as a new women’s doubles pair for England. The English looked in complete control against Tran and Lefel of France with their physicality proving this pairing has the potential to go on to greater things in the future. 

- It’s a nice feeling to lift this title as a new pairing. We have both had our fair share of different partners over the years but something about this one feels just right as we both have that real fighting spirit which works for us. 

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