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Follow us here for reports and reaction as the 2017 Open International de Squash de Nantes draws to a close with two climactic showdowns in Les Machines de l'île.

French hero Gregoire Marche will aim to win his third successive Nantes title in front of his home fans but will need to end a five-match winless streak against Switzerland's Nicolas Mueller if he is to take the honours.

Belgium's Nele Gilis and Fiona Moverley will go head-to-head in the women's final as both players look for their first title in Nantes.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local CEST)
15:00 [4] Nele Gilis (BEL) v [2] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
16:00 [1] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [4] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

Moverley Clinches Biggest Title of Her Career

Nele Gilis (left) Fiona Moverley (right)

England’s World No.24 Fiona Moverley made light work of Belgium’s World No.27 Nele Gilis in the women’s International de Squash de Nantes final as she secured her biggest ever PSA World Tour title at the W15 event.

Moverley- who downed Canada’s Hollie Naughton in just 24 minutes in the semi-finals – continued her dominant form as she came through in straight games once again to win her first title since 2016 – when she won the Delaware Open.

The Englishwoman looked strong from the outset as she controlled the pace of the final and kept Gilis – who was looking to win back-to-back titles for the first time in her career – at bay to take the first game by an 11-9 scoreline.

The Belgian looked to try and find a way back in the second but was unable to get the better of Moverley as the 30-year-old kept her composure to double her advantage and take the game by an 11-9 margin.

Gilis’ shoulders began to slump as she continued to struggle to find her range as the match went on, whilst Moverley grew in confidence and built on her formidable start to see out the third 11-7 and seal her seventh PSA World Tour title in just 35 minutes.

“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.

“It doesn’t matter how long she has been on court this week, she is so fit and strong so that wouldn’t have been a factor. I just thought it was a level playing field and I knew in the head-to-head that I was 3-0 up so she would have known that as well.

“I just tried to be consistent, play my game and just keep her behind me. I didn’t want to let her in. The more she would build up points the more confident she would get and I just wanted to keep that one step ahead and for most of the game I did that.

“I really like glass courts, it suits my game. I do like to attack short and it takes a straight ball really well. The court is lovely and I know it’s been fairly chilly on the night times when I have been playing late but you don’t really feel it that much on the court and it’s not too bad.

“Playing today at 3pm was a bit different, I walked on and it was a lot brighter so it took me a bit of the warm-up to see the ball properly. The crowd has been amazing, really neutral, I could feel they probably wanted a bit more squash so sorry to disappoint them but I wanted to get off in three! They have been amazing and it’s been a really great event and hopefully I can come back next year and they might even make it a 25k event for the women.

“My coach flew out yesterday to watch the semi and then was here with me today and I think it makes a difference. We have worked really hard together over the summer so it’s nice for him to be out here and he can see the hard work paying off with me. It’s a great feeling and hopefully I can take it on through the season now.”

Gilis added: “It was not so much physical, but for some reason, I just couldn’t see the ball at all today.

“I kept losing it, my timing was off and I didn’t stick to the game plan. Meanwhile Fiona played incredibly well, all her shots were going in and I just didn’t respond well.”

[2] Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [4] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)

Marche Makes It Three Titles on Home Soil

Gregoire Marche

France’s World No.23 Gregoire Marche made it three successive Open International de Nantes titles as he defeated Swiss Rocket Nicolas Mueller in a thrilling finale to a fantastic week of squash in France.

Going into the match, Mueller had got the better of Marche on the last five occasions that the two had met on the Tour. However, the Frenchman turned recent history on its head as he played with great accuracy and style to claim the PSA M25 title.

Marche displayed the magnificent squash he had played en route to the final in the opener, playing with good length to take an early advantage much to the pleasure of the crowd at Les Machines de l’île.

Swiss World No.30 Mueller soon grew into the contest as errors started to creep into Marche’s game to allow the 28-year-old to take the second by an 11-7 margin with his lightning quick reactions coming to the forefront as the match began to heat up between the two highly skilled players.

Mueller continued to crank the pressure up on Marche as he looked to upset the top seed, taking a tight third game 11-9 with both players giving everything they had in a number of blistering rallies.

Home favourite Marche refused to be beaten though and soon fought back with the crowd firmly on his side as he pulled off some audacious shots much to the audience’s delight to take the fourth.

With the title in sight, the 27-year-old Frenchman showed no signs of taking his foot off the gas as he stormed to an 11-3 win in the final to capture his third title win in Nantes in style.

“I think at 2-1 down I couldn’t see myself winning this match,” said Marche following the final.

“But I just thought to myself 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.”

Mueller added: “I thought I had him in the fourth to be honest. I thought I had put enough work in his legs in the first three, but he came out firing in the fourth, took the ball very early and volleyed a lot.

“All credit to him, he did well to come back from 2-1 down. He took confidence from the crowd and in the fifth he took a quick start, I went down very quickly and I didn’t find the right pace and lost my length.”

[1] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [4] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (70m)

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