Phew! Florent Lambiet chained six points in a row, from 5-8 to 11-8, in the sixth set opposing him to the Italian Stoyanov (33 years old / n ° 102) and thus won four sets to two ( 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8) in his Olympic Qualifying Tournament draft match. The 25-year-old Liege, world No. 104, can still believe in the selection for the Tokyo Games in Doha, the outcome of which will take place this Wednesday.
Less stressed, thus releasing his shots better than during his morning meeting against Majoros, Florent let the Italian storm pass in the first round, aligning three sets in a row with, in the second and third, ultra points. -important at 9-8 to win each time. Continuing its momentum, our compatriot took place in the fourth, won with a final score of 11-3.
After a burst of pride from Stoyanov, combined with a drop in speed from Florent, he concluded in the best possible way with this avalanche of winning points allowing him to continue his journey in this Olympic qualifying tournament, where his next opponent will be the Russian Skachkov (33 years old / n ° 54).
Arrived in the final of the table, Florent Lambiet lost, in the morning, against the Hungarian Majoros, world No. 60, on the score of four sets to one (6-11, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8 , 8-11). After his incredible day on Monday which saw him reverse the situation against the Italian Bobocica, who led three sets to zero before our compatriot won the last four, then against the Russian Sidorenko, with whom he had found himself tied, three sets everywhere, to finally win in seventh, Florent was tired against his club partner in Chartres. And the pressure of qualifying for the Tokyo Games didn’t help!
After losing the first set (6-11), Florent took the advantage for the first time at 5-4, then at 7-6, in the second, which he still lost (7-11). Better classified than him in the world ranking, the Hungarian continued his momentum and won the third round (9-11). Florent Lambiet then had a magnificent burst of pride in the fourth set, which he led from start to finish to win (11-8).
But that was only to delay the deadline because the Hungarian, loudly cries on each point, won the fifth set (8-11) and therefore the direct Olympic qualification.