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Hoyaux takes a hard-fought win after another difficult day for France
Date: 10/11/2021 2:53 PM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
The French team loses 4-1 to a strong Indonesian team but Hoyaux steps in to take a win in an eventful match.

With only one win in today’s clash against Indonesia, France faced yet another tough day at the Uber Cup. Just two days ago, one of the most experienced in the team, Lea Palermo, suffered an injury that would see her leaving the court and the event on a stretcher. The young team did not get to turn it around on the third day, but there was a player who would not give up just yet.

Win with a strange feeling
Just when France was already three down against Indonesia, it was Yaelle Hoyaux’s turn to step on court. The 23-year-old player did not let the scoreboard get in her head as she fought an hour-long match that would see her team getting their first win of the day and the only point in the event so far.

- It feels very strange because I know I played a really good match, but in the end, I do not feel like I have won it because it ended in a sad way. I think I just need a few hours and then I will be okay. I did not win that last game, but the match was very good, Hoyaux said.

Hoyaux and her opponent, Indonesia’s Nandini Putri Arumni, took it to a three-game match. The French player took the first game but the Indonesian rival fought back and so it was up to what would happen in the decider. 

- I think I started a bit stressed but then I got into a good rhythm in the first game. I did not make any easy mistakes, and she did. In the second one, she played some really good points, and I could not control the rallies. I am happy it was about to be my way, but I would have liked to finish that game, Hoyaux told BWF.

Hoyaux had a three-point lead and just needed one to take the win, but Arumni suffered an injury just when the French player was about to clinch victory. Before her, Marie Batomene had played against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, and Léonice Huet had to fight against Putri Kusuma Wardani. The fellow singles players lost in straight games, just as Margot Lamber/ Anne Tran, who played against Apriyani Rahayu/ Putry Syaikah, did.

Happy to get the team together again
France have been in recent years one of the strongest women’s team in Europe. It was just less than two years ago that the team won silver at the 2020 European Men's and Women's Team Badminton Championships on home soil, in Liévin. There was plenty of motivation to take from that and there is something special about team events, so Hoyaux is happy to be back with her teammates again.

- We really like to be with each other in the French team and we have a really good mindset. It is nice to be with a team and not always be playing in individual tournaments. It has been a long time since we qualified, so we were looking forward to playing and seeing what we could do against the big nations, Hoyaux explained.

Indonesia vs. France 4-1

WS1: Gregoria Mariska Tunjung - Marie Batomene 21-18 21-13

WS2: Putri Kusuma Wardani - Léonice Huet 21-9 21-8

WD1: Apriyani Rahayu/ Putri Syaikah - Margot Lambert/ Anne Tran 21-13 21-10

WS3: Nandini Putri Arumni - Yaelle Hoyaux 12-21 21-16 17-20 Retired

WD2: Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti/ Ribka Sugiarto - Marie Batomene/ Delphine Delrue 23-21 22-20

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