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Nantes Open: Finals - As it Happens

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Follow us here for reports and reaction from the finals of the Open International de Squash de Nantes, where home hero Gregoire Marche will take on England's Chris Simpson for the title in the Men's final. Egyptian teenager Hana Ramadan and sixth seed Rachael Chadwick, meanwhile, will go head-to-head in the Women's final.

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Here’s Today’s Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+2)
15:00 [3] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v [6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG)
16:00 [4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Chris Simpson (ENG)

Ramadan Captures Women’s Nantes Open Crown

Egyptian 18-year-old Hana Ramadan overcame England’s Rachael Chadwick in the final of the Open International de Squash de Nantes, PSA W5 tournament to lift her third PSA World Tour title.

Ramadan, the World No.70, swept to the final without dropping a single game and she extended her fine displays into the final, with points ebbing and flowing between the pair before Ramadan took a one-game lead on the tie-break.

Alexandria-born Ramadan put in an immaculate display in the second game, doubling her advantage for the loss of four points, but Chadwick came out fighting in the third and varied the length and pace of her shots to storm to victory and halve the deficit.

The duo exchanged points in the opening stages of the fourth game, with Ramadan eventually pulling away to open up a three-point lead. A serve underneath the service line from the Egyptian then let Chadwick back into the encounter, but Ramadan held on to close out a 12-10, 11-4, 2-11, 11-9 victory in 35 minutes to win her first tournament in front of the SQUASHTV cameras.


“The atmosphere was amazing, everyone was very loud, very cheerful, and I had the pressure of not disappointing them and I also wanted to perform my best,” said Ramadan.

“It was pretty exciting for me, but there was also a lot of pressure. I wanted to do my best, but I also lost my focus, which was a bit disappointing for me.

“I got a bit distracted [in the third] I felt like I was very close to winning and I lost my concentration. She was attacking and she was going for all the volleys and all the winning shots and I was standing at the back which was very negative.”

Result:
[3] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [6] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-1: 12-10, 11-4, 2-11, 11-9 (35m)

Frenchman Marche Downs Simpson to Retain Nantes Open Crown

Defending champion Gregoire Marche has lifted his biggest ever PSA World Tour title after defeating England’s Chris Simpson to retain the Open International de Squash de Nantes crown at the Cité Internationale des Congrès on home soil.

The French World No.29, who defeated Finland’s Henrik Mustonen to win last year’s title, was in brilliant form throughout a week of top-class action at the PSA M25 event and put Richie Fallows, Olli Tuominen and top seed Daryl Selby to the sword to ensure that he would be pitted against World No.23 Simpson in the final.

It was free-flowing squash from the outset, with Marche’s superb retrieval abilities evident as he built up a one-game lead, before an improved Simpson levelled in the second.

The majority of the third game was neck and nexk, with Marche eventually pulling away to restore his advantage, and the Frenchman rode the wave of fervent home support in the fourth and final game to seal an 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2 victory – with a superb cross court nick at championship ball greeted by an almighty roar from the crowd.


“Today, I felt really good from the beginning,” said Marche.

“I think the key today was my length, I had a great length from the beginning and my drives were working pretty well. Similar to yesterday, my tactics were from [coach] Thierry [Lincou], who was in Boston. We talked between games and I think that was the key today.

“I found my length first, kept the same rhythm and I was in front of him all match. I was a bit nervous in the second game, and I think, maybe one or two years ago, I wouldn’t be able to keep the same concentration like I did today.

“I’ve worked on this a lot since last year, so today I’m really happy. It’s my biggest title on the Tour, so it’s a great day. Everything worked, the crowd was a big part of the story here in Nantes as well.”

Simpson added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure this week to play in such an amazing venue. For us, playing in front of a crowd as loud and as passionate as this just makes us feel like rockstars. Today, playing against a guy like Gregoire in his back yard, I still felt like the crowd was very fair and I enjoyed the occasion a lot.

“Congratulations to Gregoire, he’s played fantastically well this week. He was a real deserving champion and I look forward to our next battle.”

Result:
[4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [2] Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2 (76m)

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