Squash: two Belgians reach the Singapore Open final


Nele Gilis added her name to the list of winners at the Singapore Open squash tournament, a PSA World Tour gold event, beating her younger sister Tinne Gilis in the final.

This is the seventh time that the two sisters Nele and Tinne have met in an official match on the world circuit and, for the third time, the clash between the two players from The Campine took place in the final.

"It was very difficult physically, but mentally it was even more difficult to play against my sister," said Nele Gilis, world no. 7 and the 3rd seed. "You try to forget, but it's almost impossible. To be honest, I thought I was done for in the fifth set, seeing how she'd won the third and fourth. I tried to start from scratch, forget the previous sets and concentrate on each point. I'm glad I was able to snatch victory, but it could have gone either way and I would have been very happy for Tinne if she had won."

Tinne Gilis, ranked world no. 10 and the 4th seed, lost the first two sets 11-6 and 12-10 before recovering. She won the next two 8-11 and 5-11. In the end, she lost in the fifth set (11-4). "I didn't want to leave the court without giving it my all," she explained after the match.

The scoreboard showed 11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 5-11 and 11-4 after 1hr 22 of play.