Top seed Thierry Lincou (pic) continued his progress towards a home final when he beat English qualifier Olivier Pett in 4 games (11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-1) to reach the semi-finals in Saint Pierre. A French finalist is guaranteed, as Lincou will meet now Julien Balbo for a place in the final of the Internationaux de la Reunion after Balbo beat another qualifier, Denmark’s Rasmus Nielsen, also in 4 games (11-8, 11-6, 3-11, 11-6). 3rd Frenchman Yann Perrin failed to get past Hungarian Mark Krajcsak when he got down in straight games (13-11, 11-8, 11-7). Krajcsak now meets the 2nd-seeded Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy, who overcame Malaysia’s Kamran Khan also in straight games (11-6, 11-8, 11-5).
Lincou on course in Saint Pierre!