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Gregory Gaultier in action against Valentin Rapp

Prague RoundUp: Kandra and Gaultier to Contest Final

Germany’s No.1 seed Raphael Kandra and France’s former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier will contest the final of the Expression Networks Nolan and Liam’s Tournament taking place in Prague, Czech Republic.

The PSA Challenger event is the first professional squash event to take place following the six-month suspension of the PSA Tour due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and will see Kandra and Gaultier go head-to-head for the first title since the restart.

Top seed Kandra took on Czech Republic’s Jakub Solnicky in the last four, with the latter receiving a walkover to the semi-finals after Colombia’s Juan Camilo Vargas was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.

However, despite the extra day’s rest he was unable to halt Kandra, who was in full force to comfortably take an 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 victory in 24 minutes.

“It was another good win and I’m ready for a big match tomorrow against Greg,” said Kandra afterwards.

“I Can’t wait to play him. It won’t be easy to adapt as Greg is definitely a different calibre.”

Raphael Kandra in action in Prague

Gaultier, meanwhile, put an end to Germany’s Valentin Rapp’s strong tournament as the former World Champion continued his strong comeback from injury to take an 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 victory and book himself a place in the final.

“I’m happy to be in the final,” said the Frenchman.

“I played solid squash, Valentin played well I thought. I know him for long time as we played many years together in same team in German league, the rallies were hard, but I managed to stay on top. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and very excited.“

Results: Semi-finals
[1] Raphael Kandra (GER) beat Jakub Solnicky (CZE) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (24m)
[4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) beat Valentin Rapp (GER) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (31m)

Draw: Final
[1] Raphael Kandra (GER) v [4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

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