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Marche Celebrates

GC Cup: Marche Downs Willstrop In 3

Frenchman Grégoire Marche surged into the quarter-finals of the 2016 Grasshopper Cup courtesy of a straight-games victory over an under par James Willstrop, the English former World No.1, in Zurich.

It was evident early on that Willstrop, who has been battling injury for over a year on the PSA World Tour, was struggling with his movement but Marche, who has himself struggled to achieve full fitness recently, took full advantage as he opened up the court to make life difficult for the Englishman.

The first game was arguably the best of the match as the duo traded points in a series of high class exchanges, but it was Marche who moved ahead from the mid-point stage and from then on Willstrop never truly looked like he would be able to find the killer blow to put Marche away as his movement was exposed time and again.

“James has been World No.1 so he is one of the best players out there so I knew it would be tough,” said Marche.

“I'm really happy to beat him for the first time. I had to be accurate with my length and not allow him to volley. I don't think he was 100 per cent but I had to make him work and stay focused until the end and use my speed so I'm very happy with that win.

“I had to take a few weeks out myself to recover from a niggle and I'm happy to be back playing again now and happy that I can move like I did today.”

Result:
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [6] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)

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