French top seed Lucas Serme came through a titanic 94-minute battle with New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson to move into the final of the 2016 GillenMarkets Irish Squash Open where he will be aiming to lift his seventh PSA World Tour crown.
Serme, the World No.39, lost to Egyptian Ali Farag in the final of the tournament twelve months ago but will have an opportunity at redemption after coming from 2-1 down to get past Grayson in a gripping matchup. After levelling the match at 2-2 the duo traded points tit-for-tat in the fifth until Grayson narrowly edged ahead to hold match ball.
Playing with steely determination Serme managed to save the match and take three points in succession to overturn the momentum and set up a title-match up with England’s Declan James, who downed number two seed Laurens Jan Anjema in a well executed 3-1 win.
James played with precision and coolness to force Anjema into all four corners of the court and it was a tactic that paid dividends as he came from a game behind to secure a place in the decider, his first PSA World Tour final since October 2014 when he won four consecutive tournaments.
Results – Semi-finals
 Lucas Serme (FRA) bt  Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-2: 11-5, 8-11,9-11, 11-3, 12-10 (94min)
 Declan James (ENG) bt  Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (54 min)
Draw – Final
 Lucas Serme (FRA) v  Declan James (ENG)