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 Batch Open 2023


$6,000 Men's Batch Open 2023, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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 Batch Open 2023
Men's Draw
18 - 22 Apr
Paris, France, $6k

[9/16] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) bt [3] Ivan Perez (ESP) 4-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 (66m)

[3] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt [9/16] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 12-10 (70m)
[9/16] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) bt [9/16] Macťo Lťvy (FRA) 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 (51m)

[9/16] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 11-2, 11-6, 11-3 (26m)
[3] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt [WC] Brice Nicolas (FRA) 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (54m)
[9/16] Macťo Lťvy (FRA) bt [4] Edwin Clain (FRA) 9-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 12-10 (65m)
[9/16] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) bt [2] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
2nd round:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt Manu Paquemar (FRA) 11-2, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 (41m)
[9/16] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [7] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) 11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-2 (64m)
[WC] Brice Nicolas (FRA) bt [8] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7 (51m)
[3] Ivan Perez (ESP) bt [9/16] Miko ńijšnen (FIN) 14-12, 16-14, 11-8 (55m)
[4] Edwin Clain (FRA) bt [9/16] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 11-13, 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 11-7 (56m)
[9/16] Macťo Lťvy (FRA) bt [6] James Peach (ENG) 11-0, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 (51m)
[9/16] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) bt [5] Owain Taylor (WAL) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (41m)
[2] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bt [9/16] Chung Yat Long (HKG) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (30m)

1st round:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bye
Manu Paquemar (FRA) bt [9/16] Guilherme Melo (BRA) 11-8 ret. (8m)
[9/16] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt Lowie Delbeke (BEL) 10-12, 11-2, 11-3, 11-9 (38m)
[7] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) bye
[8] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bye
[WC] Brice Nicolas (FRA) bt [9/16] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 11-5, 2-11, 10-12, 14-12, 11-5 (59m)
[9/16] Miko ńijšnen (FIN) bt Paul Gonzalez (FRA) 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
[3] Ivan Perez (ESP) bye
[4] Edwin Clain (FRA) bye
[9/16] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) 11-3, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 (41m)
[9/16] Macťo Lťvy (FRA) bt [WC] Melvil Scianimanico (FRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (23m)
[6] James Peach (ENG) bye
[5] Owain Taylor (WAL) bye
[9/16] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) bt Elijah Thomas (NZL) 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (27m)
[9/16] Chung Yat Long (HKG) bt [WC] Antoine Riehl (FRA) 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 (21m)
[2] Daniel Mekbib (CZE) bye
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Solnicky Downs Three Seeds To Win Crown

Jakub Solnicky with the Batch Open title
Jakub Solnicky with the Batch Open title

The Czech Republicís Jakub Solnicky was the victor at the Batch Open, beating three of the top five seeds en route to the title.

Solnicky came in to the event as part of the 9/16 seeding bracket, and started the Challenger 5 level competition with a victory over New Zealandís Elijah Thomas, where he dropped just eight points.

The Czech start then defeated the first of those three seeds, getting the better of Welshman Owain Taylor. He downed the No.5 seed in straight games, before then coming up against compatriot Daniel Mekbib in the quarter finals.

Mekbib was the No.2 seed for the tournament, and took the opening game. However, Solnicky then fought through to win the next three games to take the win. That was followed by another 3-1 victory, this time against another unseeded player. He downed Frenchman Maceo Levy in four games in the semis to move through to a first final since 2021.

In the final, Solnicky did battle with Spainís Ivan Perez. The Spaniard won the opening game 11-4, but the Czech man fought well. He won a tight second game 11-9, before then going on to beat the No.3 seed in four games, to secure the Challenger 5 level crown.
Semi Finals

Home Hopes Knocked Out In Semis

Both semi-finals at the Batch Open had home interest, but Spainís Ivan Perez and the Czech Republicís Jakub Solnicky will be the two men to contest the final in Paris.

The Challenger 5 level competition has been played out at the Societe Sportive du Jeu de Paume in the French capital, and the pair of Toufik Mekhalfi and Maceo Levy both knocked out one of the top four seeds to reach the semi-finals.

In the opening match of semi-finals night, Spainís Ivan Perez, the only seed left in the competition, downed Mekhalfi to reach his first final since November, which also came on French soil at the PSA Cognac.

Perez took a tight opening game 11-9, but then saw the Frenchman fight back to win the second. The third was easy for the Spaniard, but the fourth went all the way to a tie-break, with the tournamentís No.3 seed coming out the winner 12-10, to take a four-game victory and move through to the final.

He will now take on the Czech Republicís Jakub Sonlicky on Saturday evening in Paris. The Czech man came into the event unseeded, and he took on Maceo Levy on Friday evening.

Solnicky took a quick two-game lead, but Levy, who had downed compatriot and No.4 seed Edwin Clain to make the semis, battled back. The Frenchman won the third game on a tie-break 12-10, but Solnicky was able to regroup, and he fought to win the fourth 11-9 to book his place in the final.
Quarter Finals

Seeds Fall On Quarter Finals Day

Maceo Levy (fore) in action against Edwin Clain (back) in Paris
Maceo Levy (fore) in action against Edwin Clain (back) in Paris

It was a surprising quarter finals day at the Batch Open in Paris, as three of the top four seeds were defeated on Thursday.

The longest match of the day came between two Frenchman, as Maceo Levy got the better of No.4 seed Edwin Clain. Clain was one of the twelve winners on Finals Day at the PSA World Championships Qualifying Event last week, and came into this tournament in good form.

He started the all-French semi-final strongly, winning the opening two games to hold a commanding lead. However, Levy fought back, and despite being ranked 64 places lower than his compatriot, he fought back brilliantly. Two quick games and the match was level, and Levy then had match balls in the fifth, at 10-6 up.

Thatís when the match really got going, as Clain saved all four to send the contest into a tie-break. Levy went 11-10 and a double bounce was called to give the Frenchman the match. However, Clain swore that it was good, and as training partners and close friends, Levy believed his compatriot, and agreed to play a let. Clain then had match ball at 12-11, but Levy saved it before eventually going on to secure the victory with a 17-15 win in the fifth.

ďI hesitated for an instant, but the bottom line is I did not want to win this way. Would have I had regrets if Iíd lost? Weíll never know,Ē Levy said after the match.

Levy will now take on the Czech Republicís Jakub Solnicky after the World No.127 got the better of the tournamentís No.2 seed, and fellow Czech player, Daniel Mekbib. Solnicky lost the opening game 11-8, but fought back to win the next three, dropping no more than six points in any of those three games, to advance to the semis.

In the top half of the draw, there was more French delight. Toufik Mekhalfi moved through to the semis as he downed top seed Lwamba Chileshe. He sits 36 places below the Kiwi in the world rankings, but dropped just 11 points in a comprehensive victory. Mekhalfi won 11-2, 11-6, 11-3 to advance to the last four in Paris.

Toufik Mekhalfi (right) got the better of top seed Lwamba Chileshe (left)
Toufik Mekhalfi (right) got the better of top seed Lwamba Chileshe (left)

The Frenchman will now take on Spainís Ivan Perez, the only member of the top four seeds to advance to the semi-finals. The Spaniard, who is the No.3 seed for the competition, downed wildcard Brice Nicolas. The Frenchman won the opening game, but Perez battled through to take the win in four games to set up a clash with Mekhalfi in the last four.
Round 2

Wildcard Nicolas Leads French Quartet Into Last Eight

Brice Nicolas (left) in action against Temwa Chileshe (right) at the Batch Open
Brice Nicolas

For the second day in a row, tournament wildcard Brice Nicolas caused an upset, and he joins three more Frenchman in making the last eight at the Batch Open.

Nicolas took on New Zealandís Temwa Chileshe and he was in control from the off, winning both of the opening two games by an 11-6 scoreline. The Kiwi fought back to win the third game, but Nicolas regrouped, and delighted the home crowd by winning the fourth and securing his spot in the quarter finals. He will now take on Spainís Ivan Perez in last eight.

He will be joined in the top half of the quarter final draw by compatriot Toufik Mekhalfi. The Frenchman defeated South African No.1 Dewald van Niekerk, battling back after losing the second game to win in four.

Maceo Levy also caused an upset, as he defeated Englandís James Peach, the No.6 seed. He won the first game without dropping a point, but then had to fight back after being 2-1 down. He did so well, winning both the fourth and fifth to book his last eight spot, where he will take on compatriot Edwin Clain.

Clain, who booked his place at the PSA World Championships after winning his final match at the Qualifying Event in Birmingham, downed Austrian No.1 Aqeel Rehman in a tough five-game clash, which included two tie-break losses.

Elsewhere, the Czech duo of Daniel Mekbib and Jakub Solnicky will meet in the last eight after both winning their respective second round matches in straight games. Top seed Lwamba Chileshe is also through, after beating Franceía Manu Paquemar in a four-game contest. Leads French Quartet Into Last Eight
Round 1

Wildcard Nicolas Among First Round Winners

Brice Nicolas in action in the opening round of the Batch Open, against Nicholas Calvert
Brice Nicolas

Wildcard Brice Nicolas caused an upset on the opening day of the Batch Open, as he moved through to the second round in Paris.

The World No.305 is the tournamentís wildcard, and took on Australian Nicholas Calvert in the opening round of the Challenger 5 level event, which is taking place at the Societe Sportive du Jeu de Paume in the French capital.

Nicolas, who was featuring on the Tour for the first time in 2023, fell behind after losing a third game tie-break 12-10. He then had to save match balls in the fourth game, but fought through to win it 14-12, before going on to claim the fifth game comfortably to take the victory. He will now face New Zealandís Temwa Chileshe, the No.8 seed, in the last 16.

Nicolas was one of four French winners on the opening day. Compatriots Manu Paquemar, Toufik Mekhalfi and Maceo Levy were all victorious as well. The latter downed fellow Frenchman, and the second tournament wildcard, Melvil Scianimanico, in straight games.

Elsewhere, last weekís PSA de Normandie victor, Finlandís Miko Aijanen, secured an opening day win. The Finn got the better of Paul Gonzalez to reach the second round. He is joined by Austrian No.1 Aqeel Rehman, Hong Kongís Chung Yat Long and Jakub Solnicky of the Czech Republic.

The first of five tournaments taking place on the Challenger Tour this week will be the Batch Open, which will begin on Tuesday, April 18.

The Societe Sportive du Jeu de Paume will host a tournament for the second time, after playing host to the Open Feminin du Jeu de Paume in 2022, an event that Switzerlandís Ambre Allinckx was victorious at.

This will be the first menís event to be held there on Tour, and New Zealandís Lwamba Chileshe will be the tournamentís top seed. His younger brother, Temwa, will also feature, as one of the members of the 9/16 seeding bracket.

After securing his place at this yearís PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family, Frenchman Edwin Clain will be looking to take a third title of the season. He will be the leading home hope at the event, with Spaniard Ivan Perez as the other member of the worldís top 100 in action.

Czech Republicís Daniel Mekbib, Switzerlandís Yannick Wilhelmi, Welshman Owain Taylor, Englandís James Peach and South African No.1 Dewald van Niekerk will make up the rest of the top eight seeds for the event.

Following his first win in four years, Miko Aijanen will come into this event in good form. He won the menís trophy at the PSA de Normandie on Sunday, and will be aiming to go back-to-back on French soil.

Along with Clain, there will be seven other Frenchman in action. Toufik Mekhalfi, Maceo Levy, Laouenan Loaec, Manu Paquemar and Brice Nicolas will all feature, with Antoine Riehl and Melvil Scianimanico as the two wildcards for 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 events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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