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Gillams Triumphs in Angers to Claim Third Title of 2016


Top seed Angus Gillams overturned a one-game deficit to defeat number two seed Carlos Cornes Ribadas in the final of the PSA Angers tournament and capture his third PSA World Tour title of the year.

Gillams and Cornes were both in fine fettle in the build up to the PSA M5 event, with triumphs at the JBM Patrol Spring Classic and the Seapiax Open Lorient, respectively, in recent months.

Neither player had an easy run to the final though, with Gillams battling past the likes of Dani Pascual, Auguste Dussourd and Vincent Droesbeke to reach the showpiece finale, while Cornes followed up early wins over Roee Avraham and Yann Perrin with a gladiatorial 3-2 victory over French qualifier Fabien Verseille in the last four.

In the final, Gillams went a game down after a fast start from World No.91 Cornes, who was aiming to win the second PSA World Tour title of his career following his triumph in Lorient a month previously.

However, Gillams prevailed 12-10 in a crucial second-game tie-break, and that victory proved to be the catalyst for his revival as the World No.87 came storming back to record the win by three games to one – claiming his fourth PSA World Tour crown in the process.

Result – Final: PSA Angers 2016
[1] Angus Gillams (ENG) bt [2] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-1: 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-7

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