Padel Belgium, the Belgian Padel Federation organized this week-end in Ghent, Belgium, the qualifying stage Women Group B for the World Padel Championships that will be held in Lisbon 2016 (14-20 Nov. 2016). The club Padel4U2, located in Gentbrugge welcomed the national women teams of Finland, Switzerland, USA and Belgium. These 4 nations played against each other in a round robin format. Only one nation was to qualify.
On Saturday August 27th, Belgium and USA both won their challenges against Finland and Switzerland. Sunday was going to be the decisive moment with the challenge between Belgium and USA. A challenge is a serie of 3 double matches. The nation winning at least two matches win the challenge. The suspense was at its best. The belgian team Laura Bernard and Caroline Hitimana won the first match. Then the belgian team Jana Bonnarens and Caroline Stevens had to face the best american team and loose the point. Finally the team Alexandra Berenger and Helena Wyckaert won the final match, offering the 2nd point and global victory to Belgium.
The qualifying stage Women Group A for the World Padel Championships was in July in The Hague, Netherlands. Team France qualifie against Germany, the Netherlands and UK.
The belgian women padel team, together with the men team (already qualified), will participate to the final phase of the World Padel Championships that will be held in Lisbon 14 to 20 november 2016.
Nick Braet, Head Coach of the women team:
« It is a great satisfaction and reward for this group of young players, after months of hard work. Congrats to them.»
Laurent Montoisy, National Team Manager:
« To be able to dispute a final stage of a World Championships with a female and male team is a first for Belgium. That shows clearly that Belgium succeeded in crossing an important step. Nevertheless, it still remains a lot of work to be able to compete with the great nations of Padel like Spain and Argentina.”
Alexandre Pavy, President of Padel Belgium and the Association Francophone de Padel:
« We are very satisfied with this result which will make radiate the female padel in Belgium, and this thanks to our talented players who come from Flandres, Brussels and Wallonia. It is also the result of the excellent work completed by the team of Coaches Nick Braet and Laurent Montoisy. Moreover, to organize international tournaments in Belgium, like this qualifying stage in Ghent, also enables us to develop the image of Belgium and to position our country like an essential dynamic actor for the development of Padel in the world”.