Lucas Corvee proved to be the hero of the day for Issy Les Moulineaux winning both his men’s singles and a classic men’s doubles alongside Geaten Mittelheisser as the French outfit stormed to the European club title, their first since 2006 victory in Spain.
Corvee had been in sparkling form all week in Tours leading from the front in both men’s singles and men’s doubles. Today in Tour the French singles star needed to be at his best once again after his side lost the opening match of the tie going down in the mixed doubles.
Robert Mateusiak and Nadia Zieba beat Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine putting a huge significance on Corvee’s singles against Thomas Rouxel of Chambly.
Rouxel put up a brave fight, considering he has not played all week due to a niggling foot injury and took Corvee to three games before the Issy man took control of the deciding set after the interval to give his team the point they needed to level the match up.
As expected Beatriz Corrales did as she has done all week and claimed yet another women’s singles point for her team beating the brave Kate Foo Kune in two games. Corrales speed was too much for the French based Mauritian giving the French champions a second point and needing just one of the remaining two doubles to lift the title that has eluded them for the past four years.
Classic men’s doubles put Issy in driving seat
The fourth match on court was the men’s doubles battle between Bastian Kersaudy & Robert Mateusiak for Chambly and Gaetan Mittelheisser & Lucas Corvee (pictured above) for Issy Les Moulineaux. What a match it proved to be! The momentum ebbed and flowed continuously and Chambly looked to be heading to the title with Mateusiak and Kersaudy leading 7-1 and 13-9 in the deciding set.
Solid defence and sparkling attack saw the Issy men Mittelheisser and Corvee go on a run of 7 unanswered points after the interval to lead 19-14 and from there, there was no way back for the Chambly pair.
Issy went on to take the men’s doubles 21-17 in the deciding set to level the tie at 2-2 and send the match into a deciding women’s doubles.
Issy Les Moulineaux were clear favourites in that deciding women’s doubles with Stefani and Gabriela Stoeva the ones handed the task of bringing the title back to Paris. Against them was Zieba and Corrales and in truth the Chambly pair made life extremely difficult for Europe’s third ranked pairing from Bulgaria.
After taking the opening game 21-11 the Stoeva’s were pushed to dig deep in the second game before sealing the title with a 21-18 win. With match point secured the Issy team stormed to court in celebration and did their own version of the haka in celebration.
Speaking after their triumph Issy pair Corvee and Mittelheisser were obviously delighted with their achievement.
“This is a great victory for our club” said Mittelheisser “We knew that we had to win that men’s doubles but we also knew we could win it and once we had that point we were all fully confident Gabi & Sisi (Stoeva sisters) would finish off the job” said Lucas Corvee
Issy Les Moulineaux are the new champions of Europe with BC Chambly Oise once again having to settle for silver. Congratulations to all medallists and to CEST tour for hosting a magnificent event for the past two years.
European Club Championships Results
GOLD: Issy Les Moulineax (FRA)
SILVER: BC Chambly Oise (FRA)
BRONZE: Primorye Vladivostok (RUS) & Recreativo Ies Les Orden (ESP)
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Article by Mark Phelan, Photos by Ben Phelan for Badminton Europe