Batomene reaching the final after all-French clash
One of the semi-finals in the women’s singles category at the Belarus International 2018 was a match-up between Marie Batomene and Katia Normand, and the two French put up a good fight.
Maria Batomene got a good start and played with a high speed. Batomene, who is ranked 156 in the World, was five points ahead at the interval, 11-6 and won the first game 23-21 despite of a great comeback of Katia Normand
— It is the worst draw, I can have. Mentally I cannot play my game when I play another French, Batomene says.
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Katia Normand, 191 in the World, never met Batomene in an international tournament before, and after the first five points it looked difficult for Normand. Batomene was leading 4-1.
Once again Normand came back and took the lead 11-10 at the interval but despite of a good fight Batomene was too strong for the eight seed. Marie Batomene is ready for the final winning the second game 21-19.
— I am quite happy with my performance today. The match was hard, and I am happy to be in the final. It was my goal to reach the final here, Batomene says.
— It is great to be here, and I want to qualify for the European Games next year.
The five finals will be played on Sunday afternoon after the semi-finals of men’s and women’s doubles.
All results from Belarus International can be found here