Gilis Captures Livestuff Open Title

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Gilis (center, left) and Letourneau (center, right)

Report courtesy of PSA.

Number two seed Nele Gilis claimed her first ever PSA World Tour title at the Livestuff Open, PSA W5 event after defeating the tournament’s surprise package Danielle Letourneau in the final.

The Belgian World No.58 came back from 2-0 down to beat Nikki Todd in the semi-final while Letourneau did the same against number three seed Hollie Naughton after she had previously eliminated top seed Catalina Pelaez in the opening round.

It was Letourneau who started on the front foot with a number of skilful shots from her vast repertoire on display. It appeared as if she was on course to defeat yet another seeded player after she took the first game 11-7 but a resurgent Gilis fought back in the second to restore parity.

Gilis continued her upturn in fortunes in the third game, cutting off Letourneau’s momentum and using an impressive arsenal of attacking shots to go ahead with an 11-7 triumph.

Despite Letourneau’s best efforts in the final game, Gilis was irrepressible as she stormed to a 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 victory to break her PSA World Tour title duck.

“I’m over the moon to win my very first PSA World Tour title,” enthused Gilis.

“I can’t wipe this smile off my face!”

Result – Final: Livestuff Open 2015
[2] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-1: 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3