Skip to content

Gregoire Marche won the Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open over the weekend

Pittsburgh Open: Gregoire Marches to the title in five-game thriller

Gregoire Marche is the Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open champion after he got the better of Zahed Salem in the final to win his first PSA title outside of his native France since 2009.

To reach the final, the Frenchman had to overcome both of the Salazar twins as he despatched Arturo in the quarter finals and Cesar in the last four.

Salem’s route to the final in Pittsburgh saw him beat Campbell Grayson in the second round, Nafiizwan Adnan in the last eight, and World No.25 Nicolas Mueller in the semis.

The final would be the longest match of the tournament, lasting 83 minutes as Marche took an early lead, before Salem fought back to tie the game through four.

Gregoire Marche (R) and Zahed Salem in action in Pittsburgh

Marche won the first 11-9 after World No.22 Salem made a series of mistakes. Marche then won the second 11-6 to take a two game lead.

Salem came back into it, winning the third on a tiebreak, before tying the match after a victory in the fourth game.

However, Marche stayed strong mentally, winning the fifth game 11-5 to take his eighth PSA title and his first PSA Bronze title.

Both men will next be in action at the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family, in Chicago in two weeks time.

Result: Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open Final
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [3] Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 6-11, 11-5 (83m)

Join SQUASHTV and get closer to the PSA World Tour