TODAY at the Open International de Squash Nantes

• Open International de Nantes  • 04 - 10 Sep 2017 • France •  


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 TODAY in Nantes  


10-Sep: Hat trick for Marche!!!...

[2] Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-0 [4] Nele Gilis (Bel)
                      11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)

[1] Grégoire Marche
(Fra) v [4] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (70m)
               Nici said          Grégoire said

France’s Gregoire Marche lifted his third Open de Nantes title in a row, while England’s Fiona Moverley lifted the biggest title of her career...

So it's a third one for The Acrobat, bless him. It didn't go smoothly, but the Frenchman, after a biiiig wobble at the end of the 2nd and 3rd game, just found energy out of nowhere to snatch the title right under the Swiss Rocket's racquet, 1-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 victory in 70 minutes.

In the previous finals, Greg had beaten Henrik Mustonen in 2015, and Chris Simpson in 2016 (who he played again here in the quarters this year) to win the 2015 and 2016 titles. Was he going to beat his friend back from the Junior Days, that he only managed to beat twice in 12 encounters (PSA and non PSA), and that he didn't beat since 2009?


After taking the opening game courtesy of some accurate play and impressive retrievals, Marche fell to a 2-1 deficit after Mueller fought his way into the encounter. But with the crowd on his side, Marche came back into the match and got the better of Mueller in some blistering exchanges to complete the upset and win his 12th match in a row in Nantes.

             Nici said          Grégoire said

Meanwhile, Fiona took the biggest title of her career up to date after she defeated Belgium’s Nele Gilis in straight games at the $15,000 prize money tournament.

Moverley, the World No.24 from Hull, followed on where she left off after her dominant display against Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the last four as she controlled the pace of the final to go a game up.

Gilis dug in and looked on the brink of levelling the scores in the second game as she went 9-7 ahead but it was to be Moverley’s day as the 30-year-old took four points in a row to double her advantage before closing out the third to take it
11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (35m).


Let's face it. It's not looking good stats wise for the French Acrobat, at out of 6 encounters on the PSA, Nicki won all the matches, last time and only time Gregoire won was in 2009. Non PSA is even more frightening, with 12 matches - including the junior days - and only 2 victories for the French....

Now, Nantes' water seems to do something very special for the French Rubberball bless him, as he hasn't lost a match here (that makes 11 victories in a row).

In front of a packed crowd, loud, with the special atmosphere that the François Lejort team has been able to create - a lot of it comes down to the incredible energy coming from the MC Romain Suire who makes a superb job warming up the fans - everything can happen and today could be the day!

On the other hand, well, the Swiss Rocket is playing very well this week, he is feeling good physically, and won't have any pressure somehow I feel.

As for the girls, they played 3 times on the PSA, and it's an overwhelming 3/0 for Fiona, plus 55m more time on court for the Belgium, and a huge match yesterday to oust seed number 1. It will be hard for the young 21 years old, but she is extremely fit and won't have anything to lose!...

Stay tuned, or as we say in La Belle France, stay tuned...


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