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Victor Crouin (middle) with the South State Bank Marietta Open trophy

SSB Marietta Open: Crouin Claims Dominant Victory

Frenchman Victor Crouin took the spoils at the South State Bank Marietta Open in the United States to claim his fourth title of the year, tying the most on Tour in the men’s game.

The tournament, which took place at the Old School Brewery and Squash Club in Marietta, Georgia, was a Challenger 20 level event, and one of the biggest on the Challenger Tour so far in 2021.

Crouin, who claimed the win at the Squash on Fire Open earlier this year, another Challenger 20 level event, came into this tournament as the top seed, and he dominated throughout, taking the title without dropping a game.

The Frenchman started his campaign with a straight games victory over USA’s Timothy Brownell, before then getting the better of Czech No.1 Daniel Mekbib in the quarter-finals.

Crouin took on Nathan Lake in the semi-finals, but once again only needed three games to take the win, before he then got the better of the unseeded Aly Abou Eleinen, the surprise package of the tournament, winning 3-0 in the final to claim the title, his fourth of 2021.

Results: South State Bank Marietta Open
Final
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-1

Semi-Finals
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt [3] Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-6
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt [2] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2

Quarter-Finals
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-3
[3] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt [7] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-1
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 13-11, 11-8
[2] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-6

Round Two
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Timothy Brownell (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-8
[8] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-6
[7] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) bt Michael McCue (CAN) 3-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
[3] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Nick Sachvie (CAN) 3-1: 6-11, 11-3, 11-1, 11-4
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt [4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 3-2: 4-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7
Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bt [6] Mohammad Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 3-2: 10-12, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5
David Baillargeon (CAN) bt [5] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-3, 11-5
[2] Alan Clyne (SCO) bt Viktor Byrtus (CZE) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-9

Round One
Timothy Brownell (USA) bt Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
Lyell Fuller (ENG) bt Mark Broekman (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 12-10
Michael McCue (CAN) bt Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 3-2: 6-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-1, 11-6
Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt [WC] Aaron Luque (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-5
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt Aly Hussein (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-1, 11-8
Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bt Abdul Malik Khan (PAK) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 15-13
David Baillargeon (CAN) bt Jamie Ruggiero (USA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
Viktor Byrtus (CZE) bt Edgar Ramirez Bautista (COL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-4

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