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Marie Migot, French Heroine, the Golden Girl on Opening Day in Paris
Not the youngest player on duty at the LIEBHERR World Championships in Paris, that honour belongs to Kyrgystan’s Kamila Mashanloeva, she is eleven years being born on Tuesday 24th July 2001 but most certainly the youngest member of the French Team is Marie Migot.
The girl with golden hair will celebrate her 15th birthday on the penultimate day of the Championships, Sunday 15th May.
On Monday 13th May, the first day of competition in Bercy, she was very much the French heroine; she paid one visit to the table and duly emerged successful in a most impressive manner.
Straight Games Win
Quickly adjusting to the situation, she accounted for Colombia’s Joana Araque in four straight games (11-3, 11-6, 11-4, 11-8).
Favourite to Win Group
A fine result and most certainly it makes her very much the strong favourite to finish in first place in the group.
Earlier in the day Joana Araque accounted for Guyana’s Chelsea Edghill in four straight games (11-6, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7).
“Yes, I’m pleased with how I played today, she played quite slowly”, said Marie Migot following her success over the Colombian.
“Certainly I was a little nervous before the match”, admitted Marie Migot. “My first World Championships and in Paris, it made everything a special occasion.”
Calm and Composed
Marie Migot adjusted quickly to the situation and perhaps most importantly remained cool, calm and collected.
She showed no signs of panic and was in control of her emotions at the crucial stages; she won the vital points.
Success in Sweden
Equally, the win endorsed the quite rapid progress she has made since being a member of the ITTF World Hopes Team in 2010; earlier this year in Örebrö she won the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the Swedish Junior Open.
“Yes that win gave me confidence”, said Marie Migot. “Also being a member of the ITTF World Hopes Team was important; that gave me an opportunity to play against girls that I’ve never played against before.”
Approach Most Commendable
Against Joana Araque, Marie Migot seized the opportunities presented; she played in a consistent manner but what is most evident is her approach.
“She is a cool cat always ready to spring on her opponent”, explained Claude Bergeret earlier in the year; the lady who with Jacques Secretin created history at the World Championships staged in Birmingham in 1977.
Together they won the Mixed Doubles title and thus secured the first ever gold medal for France at a World Championships.
In Birmingham it was gold for Claude Bergeret, in Paris 36 years later there was no gold for the French teenager but without any doubt in the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy on the opening day of action at the LIEBHERR World Championships, Marie Migot was the golden girl.
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