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Gregoire Marche (left) takes on Arturo Salazar (right) in the 2019 Pittsburgh Open quarter-finals

Pittsburgh Open: Marche Ends Salazar Run to Reach Semis

Frenchman Gregoire Marche ended the giant-killing run of World No.43 Arturo Salazar courtesy of a 3-1 victory in the quarter-finals of the Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open, PSA World Tour Bronze event.

Salazar had shocked top seed Ryan Cuskelly in the previous round and took the opening game against Marche at the Rivers Club, with the Mexican displaying some aggressive shot-making skills to take an 11-8 victory.

However, World No.30 Marche raised the pace of his hitting and was able to wear his opponent down en route to recording an 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9 triumph.

Arturo’s twin brother – World No.31 Cesar – will aim to avenge his sibling’s defeat against Marche in the semi-finals after he dispatched Hong Kong’s Leo Au in four games.

Swiss No.2 seed Nicolas Mueller and Egypt’s No.3 seed Zahed Salem will line up in the other semi-final. Mueller required five games to get the better of India’s Ramit Tandon, while Salem claimed an easier 3-0 win over Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan.

Results – Quarter-Finals: Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [9/16] Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-9 (61m)
[5] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [4] Leo Au (HKG) 3-1:
[3] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt [8] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (39m)
[2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-2: 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7 (55m)

Draw – Semi-Finals
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [5] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[3] Zahed Salem (EGY) v [2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

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