The finals of the Open de France – Nantes 2019 take place today, with action beginning at 20:45 local time (GMT+2) at the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne as the PSA World Tour Silver event draws to a close.
The women’s final will see World No.3 Camille Serme, backed by the home crowd, take on World No.8 Amanda Sobhy for the title.
They will then be followed onto court by ’Superman’, World No.6 Paul Coll, who will battle it out with Wales No.1 Joel Makin for the men’s trophy.
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The women’s final will feature the home favourite, the French superstar Camille Serme, as she takes on Amanda ‘Southpaw’ Sobhy, with both women looking to end their Nantes debut in glory.
The pair have met eight times on the PSA World Tour before, with Serme holding a 7-1 advantage over the American. Sobhy’s only victory over the World No.3 came over five years ago, in the quarter finals of the Hong Kong Open in 2014. This will be the first time they have faced each other in a final.
In front of huge home support, Camille Serme has cruised through to the final without any issues. She is yet to drop a game in the tournament having beaten Coline Aumard, Millie Tomlinson and Hania El Hammamy all to love.
Despite playing two more games, Sobhy has only been on court for eight minutes longer than the Frenchwoman. The World No.8 has downed compatriots Haley Mendez and Olivia Blatchford Clyne, before overcoming Sarah-Jane Perry in a tough four-game battle to reach the final.
Can Sobhy upset the partisan French crowd to take the spoils? Or will it be third-time lucky for Camille Serme, after losses in both the PSA World Tour Finals and British Open finals at the end of last season?
The men’s final pits ‘Superman’ against the ‘Golden Tiger’. New Zealand No.1 Paul Coll will face Wales No.1 Joel Makin for the Open de France title at the Chateau.
The pair have met four times on the PSA World Tour in the past, with Coll having a 3-1 advantage over the Welshman, with those three victories all coming in the last six months. The Kiwi beat Makin at the Canary Wharf Classic, El Gouna International and British Open.
Coll has previous success with the best-of-three format, having taken the title at the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic in March. This week, he has been in similar form, taking down George Parker, Mathieu Castagnet and Zahed Salem to reach the final.
Meanwhile, Joel Makin had a titanic battle to make it through to tonight’s clash with Coll, as he needed 95 minutes to defeat home favourite Gregoire Marche. He also downed Fares Dessouky and Alan Clyne in the earlier rounds of this tournament.
Can Coll claim a fourth consecutive victory over the Welshman to lift the trophy? Or will Makin win his fourth PSA World Tour title tonight?