Nantes International 2017 : FINALS

[1] Grégoire Marche (Fra) 3-2 [4] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)    11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (70m)

[2] Fiona Moverley (Eng) 3-0 [4] Nele Gilis (Bel)   11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)

Hat-trick for Greg and a first for Fiona

France’s Gregoire Marche lifted his third Open de Nantes title in a row, while England’s Fiona Moverley lifted the biggest title of her career.

So it’s a third one for The Acrobat, bless him. It didn’t go smoothly, but the Frenchman, after a biiiig wobble at the end of the 2nd and 3rd game, just found energy out of nowhere to snatch the title right under the Swiss Rocket’s racquet, 1-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 victory in 70 minutes.

In the previous finals, Greg had beaten Henrik Mustonen in 2015, and Chris Simpson in 2016 (who he played again here in the quarters this year) to win the 2015 and 2016 titles. Was he going to beat his friend back from the Junior Days, that he only managed to beat twice in 12 encounters (PSA and non PSA), and that he didn’t beat since 2009?

Yes.

After taking the opening game courtesy of some accurate play and impressive retrievals, Marche fell to a 2-1 deficit after Mueller fought his way into the encounter. But with the crowd on his side, Marche came back into the match and got the better of Mueller in some blistering exchanges to complete the upset and win his 12th match in a row in Nantes.
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Meanwhile, Fiona took the biggest title of her career up to date after she defeated Belgium’s Nele Gilis in straight games in the women’s final.

Moverley, the World No.24 from Hull, followed on where she left off after her dominant display against Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the last four as she controlled the pace of the final to go a game up.

Gilis dug in and looked on the brink of levelling the scores in the second game as she went 9-7 ahead but it was to be Moverley’s day as the 30-year-old took four points in a row to double her advantage before closing out the third to take it 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 (35m).