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Victor Crouin (third left) and Lucas Serme (second right) with the trophies after playing the final of the PSA Bordeaux Nord

Challenger Tour Weekend Round-Up: Success For Crouin, Jaume & Amjad

There were three events on the PSA Challenger Tour that finished this weekend, with action taking place in Qatar, Spain and France, as squash continues in the run-up to the festive period.

The three tournaments were all Challenger 10 level, with several top 50 ranked players travelling back to their home nations to take part. All the events were limited to domestic-only participation due to COVID-19.

In France this weekend, the Challenger 10 level PSA Bordeaux Nord took place, with the final contested between the top two seeds. World No.46 Victor Crouin took on World No.36 Lucas Serme for the title.

It was the lower-ranked man that won the event, with the 21-year-old Crouin claiming the tenth title of his professional career, after he defeated Serme in straight games to win in Bordeaux.

Crouin went through the entire tournament without dropping a game, with the World No.46 overcoming challenges from Baptiste Bouin, Ryosei Kobayashi and Paul Gonzalez before meeting Serme in the final.

750 miles south of Bordeaux, the Costa Del Sol Open was taking place o the south coast of Spain. The event, held in Malaga, was another Challenger 10 level event, with 16 Spaniards in the draw, including World No.32 Iker Pajares Bernabeu, the event’s top seed.

It would not be Pajares that would take the title though, as he was defeated in the final by the tournament’s No.2 seed, Bernat Jaume. The World No.69 defeated his compatriot in straight games, in a final that lasted almost an hour.

Bernat Jaume (right) collecting his Costa Del Sol Open winners' trophy

The straight games victory in the final against his higher-ranked opponent meant that Jaume, like Crouin, came through the entire tournament without dropping a single game, with the Spaniard taking the fourth title of his career.

At the scene of last year’s men’s World Championship, the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Syed Azlan Amjad took victory at the QSF 4 event.

The 24-year-old, who currently sits at World No.85 and was a wildcard for the Qatar Classic last month, won for the second time in his career, following a victory at the previous QSF event, held back in October.

Once again, his victim in the final was the Abdulrahman Al-Malki, who was the tournament’s No.3 seed, with Amjad winning in straight games, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9.

The event’s top seed, World No.31 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, was the favourite for the title, but he pulled out of his quarter-final match prior to a ball being hit through injury.

Result – Final: PSA Bordeaux Nord
[2] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt [1] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)

Result – Final: Costa Del Sol Open
[2] Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [1] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (59m)

Result – Final: QSF 4
[2] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) bt [3] Abdulrahman Al-Malki (QAT) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (43m)

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