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Pittsburgh Open: Marche and Salem to Meet in Final

Frenchman Gregoire Marche and Egypt’s Zahed Salem will contest the final of the 2019 Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open after they claimed respective wins over Mexico’s Cesar Salazar and Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Bronze event.

It will be the first time since 2009 that Marche has reached a PSA final outside of his native France, and the No.6 seed sealed his spot in the title decider on the back of a week which has seen him defeat England’s Richie Fallows and Mexican twins Arturo and Cesar Salazar to move to within one win of an eighth PSA Tour title.

World No.30 Marche dominated his semi-final encounter against Cesar, claiming an 11-4, 11-1, 11-3 victory in just 22 minutes to reach the 10th PSA final of his career.

World No.22 Salem will be his opponent in the title decider after he came back from a game down to beat No.2 seed Nicolas Mueller 3-11, 11-5, 11-5, 14-12. Salem will now appear in his third PSA final of the season after runner-up finishes at the Kolkata International and London Open.

Marche and Salem will meet for the fourth time on the PSA Tour, with Marche leading 2-1 on their head-to-head record. Their last meeting came in the opening round of the 2017 Qatar Classic, with Salem winning a 59-minute, five-game battle to get his first win over the 28-year-old.

Results – Semi-Finals: Three Rivers Club Pittsburgh Open
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [5] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-4, 11-1, 11-3 (22m)
[3] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt [2] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 3-11, 11-5, 11-5, 14-12 (47m)

Draw – Final
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [3] Zahed Salem (EGY)

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