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Nantes Open: Day One - As it Happens


Follow us here for reports and reaction from the first round of the Men's Open International de Squash de Nantes, where top seed Daryl Selby and home hope Gregoire Marche will be looking to get their tournaments off to winning starts.

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Here’s Today’s Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+2)
14:30 [8] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v Jens Schoor (GER)
15:30 [Q] Richie Fallows v [4] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
21:00 [Q] Joel Makin (WAL) v [7] Todd Harrity (USA)
22:00 [1] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG)

Tuominen Mounts Superb Comeback to Down Schoor

Experienced Finnish campaigner Olli Tuominen turned back the years to achieve a sublime come-from behind victory against German World No.63 Jens Schoor at the Cité Internationale des Congrès.

Tuominen, 37, looked to be heading towards an early exit from the tournament after a lacklustre start to the match saw him go 2-0 down against a dominant Schoor. The former World No.13 used his vast 18 years of experience to good use though as he finally found his rhythm, taking the next three games without reply to seal a 7-11, 2-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 triumph.

Home hope Gregoire Marche sealed his place in the quarter-final on home soil after the Frenchman came out on top of a one-sided affair against English World No.68 Richie Fallows.

26-year-old Marche, who is ranked 39 places above Fallows in the World Rankings, started quickly and controlled proceedings throughout the 33-minute clash, with his impressive retrieval ability and deft touch at the front of the court in full flow.

The number four seed rose to an 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 triumph to ensure that he will line up against Finland’s Olli Tuominen in the next round after the experienced 37-year-old produced a superb comeback to defeat Germany’s Jens Schoor.

“I love this tournament, I won it last year, so obviously I like the place,” said Marche.

“It’s nice, it’s at home, so the crowd is amazing. They know squash, they know how to play, so it’s good to feel it.

“I was expecting a closer match, but I think I played well from the beginning. I was pretty intense with my hitting at the beginning of each game and I was really happy with the way I hit the ball tonight. I was surprised because I went 6-2, 7-2 up in each game, so I think it made the match easier.

“I’ve known Olli for 15 years, he knows how to prepare for this kind of match. It’s not going to be easy at all, even if he played five games tonight. I’m looking forward to this match.”

[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [Q] Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (33m)

Qualifier Makin Axes Harrity to Progress

World No.82 Joel Makin moved through to the quarter-final stage after he came out on top of a high-quality fixture to upset United States No.1 Todd Harrity in a match which saw both players demonstrate their attacking prowess.

The Welshman advanced through qualifying without dropping a game and he continued his fine form into his match with Harrity, taking an early lead in game one despite a series of well controlled volley drops from the American.

The free-flowing squash continued into the second and third games, with some grinding rallies and attacking squash enrapturing the gathered spectators at the Cité Internationale des Congrès. Makin’s accuracy at the front of the court continued to grow the longer the match went on and a litany of unforced errors from Harrity towards the beginning of the third enabled the 21-year-old to close out a 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 victory over the World No.49.

“I haven’t seen too much of him [Harrity] before,” Makin said.

“I knew how I wanted to play, I wanted to make it very tough and tried to keep the error count down. At the start, he was on top quite a lot, getting in front of me and volleying. I started to take it in a bit more and I was happy with how I played in the end.

“It’s my first time on SQUASHTV, it’s great to have that here for the smaller events and not just the World Series events.”

[Q] Joel Makin (WAL) bt [7] Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)

Selby Sweeps Past Compatriot Haycocks

Title favourite Daryl Selby looked in fine fettle as he emerged unscathed from a potential banana-skin fixture against fellow Englishman Jaymie Haycocks to bring the opening day action to an end.

The World No.19, who only arrived in Nantes this morning due to travel disruptions, was making his first appearance of the 2016/17 season having missed last month’s Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, and he wasted no time in establishing himself on proceedings, going a game ahead on the tie-break.

Selby was at his unorthodox best in the second, with a sublime airborne volley smash into the nick a particular highlight as he doubled his lead amid some tinned shots from Haycocks. The 33-year-old was pushed hard by Haycocks at the outset of the third and final game, but pulled away mid-way through to record the win in straight games.

“It wasn’t ideal preparation yesterday with my flight problems, but these things are thrown in the way to challenge you,” explained Selby.

“There’s no point moaning about it, even if I did a bit yesterday. You refocus and take it as if I arrived yesterday, it’s no different. Preparation has been good though in terms of summer training, I’m probably fitter this year than I was over the past three or four years, which is a massive positive because I think my game’s sort of carried on improving and my racket work and attacking game has improved year on year.

“The last few years I’ve struggled with a few niggly injuries, adapting to life with kids and adapting to training with kids. I think I’ve finally come to terns with that and this summer I’ve had a really good training block. I missed Hong Kong because I moved house and also because I wanted to have a few extra weeks of training, so hopefully this week it pays off.

“Jaymie’s a good player, he beat Mazen Gamal 3-0 yesterday, so I knew I was in for a tough one. I felt I played really well tonight.”

Selby will take on Welshman Joel Makin for a place in the last four and he was full of praise for the 21-year-old ahead of their clash.

“He is a fantastic mover and the last few years he’s improved a lot. I caught a little bit of his first game [against Todd Harrity] and it was very tight. It will be a good test, I’ve got a rest day tomorrow, which will be nice.

“I feel I haven’t been here for very long because I obviously only arrived this morning. It will be a good challenge because he’s a fit boy, he moves well, and his squash has improved a lot.”

[1] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 (38m)

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