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MELISSA ALVES

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Melissa Alves

Titles​​

  • Nash Cup (2019),

  • Le Havre Challenger (2021),

  • Monte Carlo Classic (2022)

  • European Team Champion (FRA - 2019)

Biography 

She started squash at the age of five at the Tennis Squash club in Kourou. She accumulates the titles of champion of France in young people and at the age of 16, she joins the INSEP first lodged with Coline Aumard' mother. She was three times French junior champion from 2011 to 2013 and in 2013, she reached the quarter-finals of the world junior championship. She then left for four years at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a bronze medalist with the French team at the world team championships and obtains the silver medal at the European team championships.

 

She was a finalist in the French Championships in February 2019 against Camille Serme and the following week, she participated for the first time in the world championships and passed the first two rounds against Samantha Cornett and Salma Hany, both seeded before to lose to Nour El Tayeb, seeded No. 37.

 

In April 2019, she joined the top 50 for the first time. She was part of the French women's squash team which in 2019 achieved a historic feat by beating the England team in the final of the European Team Championships. She brings the decisive point by winning the last match against Victoria Lust, 13th player in the world.

 

In October 2021 at the US Open, she made it to the quarter-finals of a PSA Platinum tournament for the first time, only losing to world champion Nour El Sherbini. She joined the top 20 for the first time in December 2021.

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Word from Philippe Signoret

Currently in the World Top 20, Mélissa is a powerful player with a spectacular game, both in dicefensand in attack. With the support of the public, there is no doubt that she will be able to shake up the hierarchy and repeat some of her victories against the top 10 in the world.

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