PSA de Baillargues,
To Home Success
celebrated unexpected local success in the PSA de Baillargues when he
beat fellow Frenchman Joan Lezaud in the final of the inaugural PSA
World Tour Challenger 5 squash event at BB Squash in Baillargues,
Marche, the world No55 from Aix-en-Provence, reached the final as expected after
beating England's unseeded Ben Ford in the semi-finals.
But the other
semi provided a major upset when unseeded local hero Joan Lezaud, the
25-year-old world No 123, defeated top-seeded compatriot Thierry Lincou
9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8 in 55 minutes.
The world No8
from Marseille was playing his first PSA Tour ranking event of the year after
nursing an injury.
managing the effort, I'm managing the pain when I lunge, so I'm forced to play
accurate squash," Lincou told
"I did what I could on the day - but all credit to Joan, who played excellent
tactical squash, and I'm glad he is playing a final in his home club.
"It's such a
joy to play squash again, to be able to express myself on court. I've been
missing it so much for the past three months," added the former world No1 who
celebrated his 35th birthday on the opening day of the tournament.
his second appearance in a PSA Tour final, extended his higher-ranked compatriot
for 57 minutes in the final.
But the day
belonged to Marche as the 21-year-old closed out the match 11-6, 13-11, 11-5 to
win the fourth Tour title of his career.
 Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt Philip Nightingale (ENG) 6-11, 11-3,
11-2, 11-9 (37m)
[Q] Charles Sharpes (ENG) bt [Q] Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-7, 11-5,
Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt [Q] Ondrej Ertl (CZE) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (22m)
Ben Coleman (ENG) bt  Piedro Schweertman (NED) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9
Ben Ford (ENG) bt  Tom Pashley (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9
Johan Bouquet (FRA) bt Chris Fuller (ENG) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (47m)
Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt Adam Murrills (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 8-11,
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [Q] Declan James (ENG) 11-7, 11-3,
 Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [Q] Charles Sharpes (ENG) 11-5, 11-9,
Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 6-11,
Ben Ford (ENG) bt Johan Bouquet (FRA) 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-2 (61m)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Fabien Verseille (FRA) 11-4, 11-7,
Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt  Thierry Lincou (FRA) 9-11, 11-4, 11-4,
9-11, 11-8 (55m)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Ben Ford (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (37m)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Joan Lezaud (FRA) 11-6, 13-11, 11-5