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Nantes Open 2017


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 Nantes Open 2017
Men's Draw

04 - 10 Sep
Nantes, France
, $25k
Round TWO
06 sep
07 - 08
10 sep
[1] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (45m)
[Q] Mazen Gamal (EGY)
Gregoire Marche
11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (46m)
Chris Simpson
Gregoire Marche
11-6, 7-11, 11-1, 14-12 (58m)
Mazen Hesham
Gregoire Marche
11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (70m)
Nicolas Müller
[5] Chris Simpson (ENG)
11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-4 (48m)
[Q] Shehab Essam (EGY)
[8] Mohamed Reda (EGY)
11-5, 11-7, 14-12 (47m)
Olli Tuominen (FIN)
Olli Tuominen
11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 (39m)
Mazen Hesham
[3] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-6, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7 (47m)
[Q] George Parker (ENG)
[4] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
[Q] Mohammad Alsarraj (JOR)
Nicolas Müller
11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 (44m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
Nicolas Müller
11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 (48m)
Ben Coleman
[7] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
[WC] Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[6] Declan James (ENG)
12-10, 11-8, 11-6 (55m)
Ben Coleman (ENG)
Ben Coleman
5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-4 ret. (53m)
Mathieu Castagnet
Lucas Serme (FRA)
11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 (68m)
[2] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)


Qualifying finals:
[1] Mazen Gamel (EGY) bt Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 (67m)
[7] Shehab Essam (EGY) bt [3] Piedro Schweertman (NED) 3-0: 13-11, 11-4, 11-8 (37m)
[6] Mohammad Alsarraj (JOR) bt [4] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-2: 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6 (74m)
[8] George Parker (ENG) bt Kristian Frost Olesen (DEN) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 15-13 (65m)

 Nantes Open 2017
Women's Draw

04 - 10 Sep
Nantes, France
, $15k
Round TWO
06 sep
07 - 08
10 sep
[1] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (28m)
[WC] Julie Rossignol (FRA)
Millie Tomlinson
3-2: 6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 (51m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam
Millie Tomlinson
11, 11-13, 11-6, 13-11, 11-3 (61m)
Nele Gilis
Nele Gilis
1-9, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)
Fiona Moverley
[8] Rowan Reda Araby (EGY)
3-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[7] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
11-8, 5-11, 12-14, 11-5, 11-2 (50m)
Nouran El Torky (EGY)
Nouran El Torky
11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
Nele Gilis
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (59m)
Hana Moataz (EGY)
[3] Coline Aumard (FRA)
11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 (55m)
[Q] Menna Hamed (EGY)
Coline Aumard
11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10 (62m)
Hollie Naughton
Hollie Naughton
11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (24m)
Fiona Moverley
[5] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5 (40m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG)
[6] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)
9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
Misaki Kobayashi
11-2, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11 (40m)
Fiona Moverley
[Q] Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8
Fiona Moverley (ENG)


Qualifying finals:
[1] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Milnay Louw 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (24m)
[4] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Enora Villard (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (31m)
[3] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (19m)
[2] Menna Hamed (EGY) bt [7] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-2: 11-2, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (60m)


Marche And Moverley Claim Silverware In Nantes

France’s Gregoire Marche lifted his third Open International de Squash de Nantes title in a row, while England’s Fiona Moverley lifted the biggest title of her career after both players triumphed on finals day of the PSA M25 and PSA W15 events held in Les Machines de l’île.

World No.23 Marche, who beat Henrik Mustonen and Chris Simpson to win the 2015 and 2016 titles, overcame Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in a brutal five-game clash which saw both players enjoy periods of dominance as they were roared on by a deafening crowd.

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 an 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 victory in 70 minutes.

“I think at 2-1 down I couldn’t see myself winning this match,” said Marche after capturing his seventh PSA World Tour title.

“But I just thought to myself that I needed to do something even if I didn’t win. So I pushed myself and I just wanted to be in front of him and take the ‘T’ because he is a big guy and I needed to put him at the back. I wanted to do something in the fourth game and somehow, I managed to win and I can’t believe it.

“I love playing here and the crowd is just something that you can’t see throughout the year so it’s great and thanks to the crowd.”

Meanwhile, Moverley took the most lucrative women’s Open International de Squash de Nantes title ever 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, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.

“It feels amazing,” said Moverley

“It’s the first tournament of the season and it’s amazing to get off to a great start and win the event. When you’re looking at the tournaments and planning your season, it was one of my targets to win this event so to achieve one out of one so far feels really good.

“I’ve been delighted with how I’ve played all week. It’s been a tough week, everyone in the draw are great players and it was fairly open so I just had to give it my best.”

Semi Finals

Marche, Mueller, Gilis and Moverley Claim Final Places

Defending champion Gregoire Marche booked his place in a third successive Open International de Squash de Nantes final after he defeated Egypt’s Mazen Hesham to set up a final clash with Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller - while Belgium’s Nele Gilis and England's Fiona Moverley also triumphed in Les Machines de l'île to reach the women’s final.

Marche went head-to-head in a high-octane encounter with Hesham which saw Les Machines de l'île turn into a cauldron of noise as the home fans got behind the French number one seed.

He saw a two-game lead cut in half by a resurgent Hesham but overturned four game balls in the fourth game to seal an 11-6, 7-11, 11-1, 14-12 victory that puts him one win away from a third straight title in Nantes.

“It was a bit up and down tonight, Mazen can do crazy things with his racket,” said World No.23 Marche.

“There are some games when he can completely give up like he did in the third game, so you never know with him. I was 8-3 down in the fourth and I knew, even if I was down, that it’s never finished with him because he can hit three winners and then make four mistakes, so I just pushed myself in the end.

“There’s something special here for me in Nantes, maybe because it’s the one tournament in France ,you want to do well and I am really motivated. It’s the first one of the season so it proved that I did a great job during the summer and I am happy to be in the final again.”

Marche will take on Swiss World.30 Nicolas Mueller in the title decider of the PSA M25 tournament after Mueller defeated England’s Ben Coleman to earn a place in his first Tour final since 2014.

Mueller, the Zurich-based 28-year-old, prevailed 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4 and he will look to claim a sixth successive victory over Marche in tomorrow’s final.

“I’m very happy with the way I played, I played attacking squash and I knew the conditions suited me a bit better than him,” said Mueller.

“I love it when it is cold outside because the ball doesn’t bounce as much. I overdid it in the third, I went short too quickly and I felt too comfortable and he punished me severely. I’m very happy that I found my length again in the fourth and I think that was the difference in the end.

“Greg [Marche] and I go back a long time, we’ve known each other for 15 years, I think. We know each other’s game very well and we’ve got a lot of respect for each other.”

Meanwhile, Gilis launched a superb comeback from two games down to beat top seed Millie Tomlinson, with a 7-11, 11-13, 11-6, 13-11, 11-3 triumph sending her into an eighth Tour final.

World No.27 Gilis looked like she was heading home after a virtuoso performance from Tomlinson saw her rise to a 2-0 advantage but Gilis refused to back down and stormed back to win three games without reply.

“The first two games I was so nervous and a little scruffy,” said the 21-year-old Belgian.

“Then after the second game I tried to keep it more simple and it is just such an electrifying crowd that they gave me that extra push I needed today and I was so happy to get the win.

“I’m really pleased with how I came back and looking forward to the final and whoever it may be. I’m just going to enjoy it and hopefully the crowd will be as good tomorrow.”

England’s Fiona Moverley stands between Gilis and the fifth title of her career, with the World No.24 from Hull seeing off Canada’s Hollie Naughton in straight games.

Naughton played some superb squash to defeat home favourite Coline Aumard in the previous round but Moverley played with unerring precision and confidence to record an 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 victory in just 24 minutes.

“I’m over the moon to come through in three,” said Moverley following the match.

“It’s a really strong women’s draw this year and it’s a really open tournament. I know I’m seeded two and I’ve got to the final but there was no easy route to get there. Everyone is playing at a really high level and on any given day we can beat each other so it was really important to find my form and build myself into the tournament, which I think I’ve done."

Live coverage from the final of the Open International de Squash de Nantes begins from 15:00 local time (CEST) on Sunday September 10 and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

Quarter Final Lower Half

Coleman and Naughton Upset Home Hopes Castagnet and Aumard to Reach Semi-Finals

Spectators at Les Machines de l’île witnessed defeats for two French players on day three of the 2017 Open International de Squash de Nantes as men’s World No.26 Mathieu Castagnet and women’s World No.26 Coline Aumard bowed out of the PSA M25 and PSA W15 tournaments, respectively, in France.

French No.3 Castagnet lost out to England’s World No.54 Ben Coleman in his quarter-final fixture after he was forced to retire due to injury in the fourth game.

The 30-year-old has struggled with an adductor injury for the majority of 2017 and some mammoth rallies seemed to take their toll as he shook hands midway through the fourth to hand Coleman an 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 7-4 victory.

“He’s someone over the last four or five years that I’ve looked up to in the game, I love the way he plays the game," said Coleman.

"He’s been right to the very top, an incredible athlete who deserves everything that he’s done and I hope that he can get fit and get back to the top. It was sad to end like that and I genuinely wish him all the best.

“I’m loving my week here, the support has been amazing. I appreciate the crowd were probably more on Mathieu’s side but they have been incredible and I’m looking forward to getting back on court tomorrow.”

Coleman will appear in his biggest ever semi-final against Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller after he overcame Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi by an 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4 margin.

The match began evenly as a number of quick-fire encounters captivated the spectators at Les Machines de l’île but Mueller soon pulled away from 4-4 to open up a one-game lead, in part thanks to the effectiveness of his forehand volley drops, with four of his last five points being won on that side.

Mueller continued to squeeze errors out of his opponent in the second but errors soon began to come from the racket of the Swiss player in the third as Al Tamimi picked up the pace and utilised his impressive retrieval skills to claw a game back. Mueller reinserted himself on proceedings though in the fourth to close it out 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4.

"Last year, I couldn’t play, I was injured but I was in front of SQUASHTV and looking at the atmosphere and the MC jumping around made it extremely enjoyable and I couldn’t wait to come this time round," said Mueller.

"The court conditions were very cold, which suited both of our games. But today I felt my length was better than his and he was behind me most of the time, except in the third, where I let him back in, which was stupid and dangerous.

"I hate playing players that are more talented than me and there are more and more of those unfortunately. His racket skills are second to none and it feels good to win against such a player."

Meanwhile, Canada’s Hollie Naughton brought an end to Aumard’s tournament after she fought back from three match balls down to beat the number three seed and end French interest in the women’s draw.

The World No.38 started impressively as she powered to a two-game lead. Aumard finally found her range in the third and fourth games to draw level but couldn't make the most of multiple match balls in the fifth as Naughton came back to win it 11-3, 11-5, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10.

"Coline is a tough opponent and I know that she never gives up,” said Naughton.

"It’s amazing here, this is a massive crowd so it’s really special to play in front of them. Hopefully tomorrow they will be cheering for me but it was great.”

Naughton will take on England's Fiona Moverley for a place on the showpiece finale after she dispatched Japan's Misaki Kobayashi by a 3-1 margin.

Moverley cruised to a two-game lead and, after Kobayashi fought back in the third to halve the deficit, the World No.24 held her nerve in the fourth to earn her place in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

“I really like playing on the glass, the court is really nice," Moverley said.

"The court’s great, the atmosphere’s great and the crowd are really good so it’s been really good.”

The Open International de Squash de Nantes continues with the semi-finals on September 9 and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

Quarter Final Top Half

Top Seeds Seal Semis Spots on day two of Open International de Squash de Nantes

Top seeds Gregoire Marche and Millie Tomlinson prevailed on day two of the 2017 Open International de Squash de Nantes to earn their places in the semi-finals of the men's and women's events, respectively, in Les Machines de l'île.

Marche, the 2015 and 2016 champion, moved to within one win of a third successive final in Nantes after the World No.23 overcame Chris Simpson in a repeat of last year's final, beating the Englishman 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 in 46 minutes.

"I wasn’t really the same way as yesterday, I was really focused from the start," said Marche, who recovered from a game down to beat Mazen Gamal in round one.

"I know Chris has had a tough year and it’s not easy for him, I know he’s not 100 per cent yet. It’s not easy to play a good friend, I had to do my best and I’m happy because I stayed focused throughout the whole match and I think I played the game I wanted. It’s a good 3-0 today.

"I love the crowd here, it feels like home and I love this court. There’s maybe something special here, I want to keep going like this and I have a good day off tomorrow to get ready for Saturday."

Marche will line up against Egypt's Mazen Hesham in the last four after the World No.70 defeated Finnish veteran Olli Tuominen 3-1.

Hesham, a former World No.13 ,had been a regular Shot of the Month contender before a host of injuries over the last two years saw him tumble down the World Rankings but he was in full flow against Tuominen as he hit a series of outrageous winners to storm into a 2-0 lead.

A loss of consistency in the third game saw Tuominen come back to halve the deficit but Hesham responded by simplifying his game plan and playing the percentage shots and he was duly rewarded with a victory in the fourth to take it 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7.

“I’m just delighted to be playing, you can see how much I enjoyed it,” said number three seed Hesham.

“I was excited about my shots and keeping the crowd entertained as well, it’s what I play for. I’m so happy to be here and playing and to be in the semi-finals of the first tournament of the season.

"It would mean a lot to reach the final, it’s been almost two years that I have played regularly on the Tour, so to end this tournament by reaching the final would be the greatest feeling.”

Tomlinson will meet fourth seed Nele Gilis in the semi-finals of the women's event after they claimed respective wins over qualifying duo Sivasangari Subramaniam and Nouran El Torky.

Tomlinson was almost on the end of a shock defeat after going two games down to Malaysia’s Subramaniam, who played with a maturity beyond her 18 years.

The World No.22 eventually found her range in the third though and a determined response saw her ease to victory before following that up by edging the fourth and fifth games to seal an 6-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9 triumph.

“I started slowly again like I did in the first round, it seems to be a theme this season so I will try to get over that going into the next round," said Tomlinson.

“I watched a few clips of her before so I knew she was a good player and I expected her to be tricky and fast.

“It was amazing to play on the glass court. I think it’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in so it’s really cool with the crowd.”

Gilis, meanwhile was in complete control for the majority of her match against El Torky, claiming comfortable wins in the first and third games either side of a tight tie-break triumph in the second as she claimed an 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 victory.

“I’m very happy,” Gilis said.

“I didn’t come into this tournament with any expectations because it’s the first tournament of the season. I just try to enjoy and focus on my own game and see where it takes me."

The Open International de Squash de Nantes continues with the second day of quarter-final action on September 8 and it will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

French Trio Advance to Last Eight of Open International de Squash de Nantes

Defending champion Gregoire Marche, second seeded Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet and women’s World No.26 Coline Aumard will appear in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Open International de Squash de Nantes after the trio claimed opening day wins on home soil at Les Machines de l’île.

Marche got his efforts to win a third successive PSA M25 title in Nantes off to a winning start after he recovered from a game down to claim a 3-1 victory over Egyptian qualifier Mazen Gamal, taking it 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 in 45 minutes.

"I think he took his chances tonight, I was a bit flat at the beginning and I was a bit nervous because I knew all of the crowd were cheering for me and I did well the last two years,” admitted Marche.

“I was a bit nervous and I tried to play simple after the first game. Even if I didn’t feel great tonight, I had to do my job and play as simple as I could. It all paid off in the end.

“It’s the only big tournament in France, so there aren’t many occasions to play squash in France. I feel like the crowd really supports us and it’s a great place. They take good care of us and it’s great to be here.”

Marche will face the man he beat in the 2016 final - England’s Chris Simpson - for a place in the last four after Simpson marked his return from an eight-month injury layoff with a win against Egypt’s Shehab Essam.

Meanwhile, Castagnet came through an all-French first round clash with Lucas Serme to earn his place in the last eight.

Castagnet, a former World No.6 making his Open International de Squash de Nantes debut, got the better of Serme in the opening two games after attacking well but he looked to be falling physically in the third as Serme halved the deficit.

The 30-year-old recovered though in the fourth to close out the win by an 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5 margin, setting up a quarter-final fixture with Ben Coleman in the process.

“It’s not easy to play Lucas, he’s such a good friend of mine and we’ve been playing together in the French team for eight years now,” said Castagnet.

“When I checked the draw, I wasn’t happy that I would be meeting him in front of the French crowd. He’s a really talented guy and he’s a fighter. Physically, he’s very strong, so I tried to play a simple game against him.

“It’s only my third or fourth time in front of the French crowd playing a PSA tournament so that’s a great thing for me. Only two French players are still in the [men’s] draw, so hopefully we can play a nice final for the crowd.”

Castagnet will take on England’s Ben Coleman in the next round after Coleman claimed a surprise win over compatriot Declan James, while there were also wins for Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham, Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller, Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Finland’s Olli Tuominen.

Aumard will carry home hopes on her shoulders in the women’s PSA W15 tournament after she got the better of 19-year-old Egyptian Menna Hamed.

It was a physical encounter between the two with the referee constantly being called into action and points going back and forth between them as Aumard eventually prevailed by an 11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 margin.

“It was a tough first match, so I was ready to fight and we did fight,” said Aumard, who will face Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the quarter-finals.

“To be able to play a PSA tournament in France, I just feel so lucky and I’m very pleased. I would just like to say thank you to Nantes and the whole organisation because without them it wouldn’t be possible and they can be so proud of what they have done because it’s amazing and quite original as well."

The women’s top seed, World No.22 Millie Tomlinson, is also through to the last eight courtesy of a win over tournament wildcard Julie Rossignol, with a 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 victory setting up a quarter-final meeting with Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam.

“I’m really pleased to get through to the next round and more relieved than anything,” Tomlinson said.

“I didn’t start very well but I guess that it’s the first tournament of the season so I was kind of expecting that and she mixed her shots up really well so that caught me by surprise. She was shooting off the serve and things which I’m not used to."

Second seed Fiona Moverley was also a victor on day one and she will take on Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi for a place in the semi-finals, while Belgium’s Nele Gilis and Egypt's Nouran El Torky will meet in the other women’s quarter-final.

The Open International de Squash de Nantes quarter-finals take place between September 7-8 and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

Egyptian Quartet Triumph on Final Day of Qualifying

An Egyptian quartet headed by World No.56 Mazen Gamal prevailed on the final day of qualification at the 2017 Open International de Squash de Nantes as Shehab Essam, Menna Hamed and Nouran El Torky joined the 31-year-old in the main draw of the M25 and W15 tournaments held in France.

Gamal, the top seed in the men's qualifying draw, had fallen at the final stage of qualification at last year’s tournament but he followed up a victory over Portugal’s Rui Soares with a win over France’s Baptiste Masotti, recovering from 2-1 down to seal his place in the main draw.

Gamal will take on Masotti’s compatriot, top seed and defending champion Gregoire Marche, in round one of the main draw while his fellow Egyptian, Shehab Essam, will face 2016 runner-up Chris Simpson for a place in the last eight after he defeated Dutchman Piedro Schweertman.

They will be joined in the main draw of the men’s event by Mohammad Alsarraj, who beat England's Jaymie Haycocks 3-2, and World No.94 George Parker, who saw off Denmark’s Kristian Frost Olesen by a 3-1 margin.

Alsarraj will meet ‘Swiss Rocket’ Nicolas Mueller in round one, while Parker will take on Egyptian maverick Mazen Hesham.

Meanwhile, all of the top four seeds in the women’s qualifying draw earned their main draw berths with Hamed coming back from a 2-1 deficit against Tinne Gilis to set up a first round clash with home favourite Coline Aumard.

El Torky joins her compatriot in the main draw after she beat Enora Villard to set up a meeting with Zeina Mickawy, while there were also wins for Sivasangari Subramaniam and Alexandra Fuller, who will face Rowan Elaraby and Fiona Moverley, respectively.

Main draw matches will be split between La Maison Du Squash and Les Machines de l'île on September 6 while all matches from the quarter-finals onwards will be held at Les Machines de l’île.

Tickets for the tournament start from €6 and can be purchased here: http://uk.opensquashnantes.fr/

The Open International de Squash de Nantes will be the first tournament of the 2017/18 season to be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).