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Open International Niort Venise Verte 2022

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$20,000 Men's Open International Niort Venise Verte 2022, Squash du Marais, Niort, France, PSA Challenger Tour 20
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Open International Niort Venise Verte 2022
Men's Draw
07 - 11 Nov
Niort, France, $20k

ROUND TWO
08 - 09 Nov
QUARTERS
10 Nov
SEMIS
11 Nov
FINAL
11 Nov

[1] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (34m)
Marek Panacek (CZE)

Baptiste Masotti
11-9, 11-3, 11-4 (31m)
Rory Stewart

Baptiste Masotti
11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
Ibrahim Elkabbani

Baptiste Masotti
11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9 (61m)
Borja Golan
[6] Rory Stewart (SCO)
7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 13-11 (89m)
[9/16] Tom Walsh (ENG)
[7] Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY)
9-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (71m)
[9/16] James Peach (ENG)
Ibrahim Elkabbani
11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 0-11, 13-11 (54m)
Simon Herbert
[9/16] Simon Herbert (ENG)
11-7, 4-11, 13-11, 13-11 (48m)
[4] Declan James (ENG)
[3] Borja Golan (ESP)
11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (33m)
[9/16] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
Borja Golan
11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8 (49m)
Ben Smith
Borja Golan
11-8, 11-6, 12-10 (52m)
Rui Soares
[9/16] Ben Smith (ENG)
11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9 (63m)
[8] Ivan Perez (ESP)
[5] Rui Soares (POR)
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (32m)
[9/16] Viktor Byrtus (CZE)
Rui Soares
11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8 (68
Auguste Dussourd
Yuri Farneti (ITA)
11-13, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (69m)
[2] Auguste Dussourd (FRA)

ROUND ONE

[1] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bye
Marek Panacek (CZE) bt [9/16] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 11-4 (49m)
[9/16] Tom Walsh (ENG) bt Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 (29m)
[6] Rory Stewart (SCO) bye
[7] Ibrahim Elkabbani (EGY) bye
[9/16] James Peach (ENG) bt Manu Paquemar (FRA) 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (24m)
[9/16] Simon Herbert (ENG) bt Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11-6, 11-3, 11-2 (26m)
[4] Declan James (ENG) bye
[3] Borja Golan (ESP) bye
[9/16] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) bt [WC] Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (22m)
[9/16] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [WC] Paul Gonzalez (FRA) 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 (29m)
[8] Ivan Perez (ESP) bye
[5] Rui Soares (POR) bye
[9/16] Viktor Byrtus (CZE) bt Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (44m)
Yuri Farneti (ITA) bt [9/16] Robert Downer (ENG) 4-11, 11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 11-4 (66m)
[2] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bye
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REPORTS

Final

Golan Secures First Title In Four Years

Borja Golan and Baptiste Masotti with the tournament organisers at the prizegiving for the Open International Niort Venise Verte
Borja Golan (centre left) and Baptiste Masotti (second right) with the tournament organisers

Spainís Borja Golan claimed a first victory on Tour in four years after defeated home favourite Baptiste Masotti in the final of the Open International Niort Venise Verte on Friday evening.

The Spaniard, who reached a career-high of World No.5 in 2014, came into the tournament as the No.3 seed, and received a bye through the opening dayís action in Niort, France.

Golan then overcame the challenge of Israeli No.1 Daniel Poleshchuk in straight games, winning 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 in 33 minutes to move through to the quarter finals. In the last eight, he took on Englandís Ben Smith, taking the victory in four games to reach the semis, where he was seeded to reach in the competition.

Rui Soares was his semi-final opponent, after the Portuguese No.1 had defeated No.2 seed Auguste Dussourd in the last eight. Golan made sure there would be no repeat of that, defeating his Iberian rival in straight games, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10, to move through to the final.

The final saw the Spaniard take on top seed Baptiste Masotti on home soil. He won the first game 11-6, but saw the World No.21 take the second game by the same scoreline. Golan was able to wrestle back the momentum in the third, and he carried that through the fourth as well, winning 3-1 overall to secure the 33rd title of his impressive career.
Semi Finals

Masotti and Golan Into Final

Baptiste Masotti on court in Niort

Franceís Baptiste Masotti (above in white) is into the final of the Open International Niort Venise Verte on home soil, and he will take on Spaniard Borja Golan for the Challenger 20 level crown on Friday.

The Frenchman came into the tournament as the top seed, and he took on Egyptís Ibrahim Elkabbani for a place in the final. The World No.21 came through in straight games, winning 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 in half an hour to advance to the final of this event for the second time.

He will face Spainís Borja Golan on Friday, after the former World No.5 rolled back the years to defeat Portuguese No.1 Rui Soares in straight games. Golan took the first game 11-8, before then doubling his advantage following the second game, as he claimed that 11-6. The third was much tighter, going all the way to a tie-break. It was the Spaniard who took it 12-10, to secure his passage through to the final.

The final of the Open International Niort Venise Verte will take place on Friday, November 11, with Borja Golan and Baptiste Masotti doing battle for the Challenger 20 level crown.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

Quarter Finals

Soares Continues Good Form With Knockout Win

Rui Soares

Portugalís Rui Soares caused the big upset on quarter finals day, knocking out home favourite Auguste Dussourd in a five-game to move through to the last four of the Open International Niort Venise Verte.

The Portuguese No.1 took an early lead against the Frenchman at Squash du Marais in Niort, but saw Dussourd fight back to win the second game. The same pattern followed over the next two games, but it was Soares who came through the deciding game to win in five, and to move through to the semi-finals.

He will now face Spaniard Borja Golan, after the former World No.5 overcame the challenge of Englandís Ben Smith. Golan took the first couple of games before seeing the Englishman fight back to win the third game. The Spaniard fought through in four to make it into the semis.

The other semi-final will see top seed Baptiste Masotti take on Egyptís Ibrahim Elkabbani after the pair came through their respective quarter finals. The Egyptian had to fight through a five-gamer against Simon Herbert, while Masotti beat Rory Stewart.

The semi-finals of the Open International Niort Venise Verte will take place on Thursday, November 10, with the last four going head-to-head for places in the final. All the action will be streamed live on their YouTube channel.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

Round 2

Englandís Smith and Herbert Cause Upsets

Simon Herbert and Declan James on court during their second round match in Niort
Simon Herbert and Declan James

The second round of the Open International Niort Venise Verte threw up a couple of surprises, with Englandís Simon Herbert and Ben Smith making it into the quarter finals at the expense of seeded players.

Herbert got the better of fellow Englishman Declan James on the second day of the Challenger 20 level competition. The World No.89 won the first game 11-7, but saw his compatriot tag the second game to level the scores at 1-1. Both the third and fourth games went to tie-breaks, with both men having their chances. In the end, Herbert won both by a 13-11 scoreline to win in four games, beating the former World No.15 to make it through to the quarter finals.

He will be joined in the last eight by another Englishman in Ben Smith. The Swiss Open champion got the better of Spaniard Ivan Perez on Tuesday evening. Smith won the first game 11-5 but saw the No.8 seed battle back to take the second game on a tie-break 12-10. From there, though, the Englishman was in control, and came through to win in four to book his spot in the semis.

Elsewhere, the French duo of Baptiste Masotti and Auguste Dussourd made their way into the last eight on home soil. The top seed downed Marek Panacek in straight games, while Dussourd had to fight back from the brink to win in five. He found himself 2-0 down to Italian No.1 Yuri Farneti, but eventually won after almost 70 minutes of action, winning the final game of their contest 11-3.

Egyptís Ibrahim Elkabbani also had to fight back from two down in his match against Englishman James Peach, eventually winning in a deciding fifth game. Spaniard Borja Golan, Portuguese No.1 Rui Soares and Scotlandís Rory Stewart complete the quarter final line-up.

The Open International Niort Venise Verte continues on Wednesday, November 9, with the last eight doing battle for places in the semi-finals. You can watch all the action on their YouTube channel.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 
Round 1

Panacek Takes All-Czech Clash On Opening Day

Marek Panacek celebrates his win over Jakub Solnicky

The opening day of the Open International Niort Venise Verte saw an all-Czech clash, with Marek Panacek taking down Jakub Solnicky to advance at Squash du Marais.

The Czech pair went head-to-head in the first round of the Challenger 20 level competition, and prior to this contest, Panacek was yet to take a game off his compatriot in their three previous meetings.

It would be different this time round though, as the World No.133 took both of the opening two games by an 11-9 scoreline. Solnicky threatened a comeback by winning the third game 11-5, but Panacek nipped that in the bud quickly, allowing his fellow Czechian to score just four points in the fourth game. Panacek will now face the tournamentís top seed, Baptiste Masotti, in the second round on Tuesday.

Panacek will be joined in the last 16 by compatriot Viktor Byrtus, after the World No.108 defeated Welshman Elliott Morris Devred. The pair were level after two games, but the Czechian came through to win the third and fourth games by 11-7 scorelines to book his spot in the second round.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Italian No.1 Yuri Farneti got the better of Englishman Robert Downer in a tense five-game battle. The Italian was 2-1 up after three, but saw Downer fight back to win the fourth 11-4. However, Farneti did not panic, and he returned the favour in the fifth and final game to seal the victory.

A quartet of English players advanced from the opening dayís action in Niort. Simon Herbert, James Peach, Ben Smith and Tom Walsh all won in straight games, and will be joined in the second round by Israeli No.1 Daniel Poleshchuk, who defeated wildcard Laouenan Loaec in straight games.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 
Preview

The Challenger 20 level menís event will take place at Squash du Marais in Niort, France, and will be one of two French events being held over the next seven days.

Home favourite Baptiste Masotti and Auguste Dussourd, the latter of which is coming off a victory at the Open Lagord Tennis Squash this weekend, will be the top two seeds for the competition.

Spainís former World No.5 Borja Golan and Englandís Declan James will be joined by Portuguese No.1 Rui Soares, Scotlandís Rory Stewart, Egyptís Ibrahim Elkabbani and Spaniard Ivan Perez in the top eight seeds for the event.

An English quintet of Tom Walsh, Simon Herbert, Robert Downer, James Peach and Ben Smith will be among the 9/16 seeds, while there will be two French wildcards for the event. Paul Gonzalez and Laouenan Loaec will be taking part on home soil this week.

The event takes place from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11 at Squash du Marais in Niort, France. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

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