Marche Tops Largest Pittsburgh Open Draw in Tournament History

(l-r): Steven Baicker-Mckee, Gregoire Marche, Dulio Costa, Matt Sherwin

France’s Gregoire Marche won his first career PSA title on U.S. soil–the Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh at the Rivers Club in Pennsylvania.

Marche, world No. 30, defeated Egypt’s world No. 22 Zahed Salem in the final.

To reach the final, the Frenchman had to overcome both of the Salazar twins as he dispatched Arturo in the quarter finals and Cesar in the last four.

Salem’s route to the final in Pittsburgh saw him beat Campbell Grayson in the second round, Nafiizwan Adnan in the last eight, and World No.25 Nicolas Mueller in the semis.

The final would be the longest match of the tournament, lasting 83 minutes as Marche took an early lead, before Salem fought back to tie the game through four.

Marche won the first 11-9 after Salem made a series of mistakes. Marche then won the second 11-6 to take a two game lead. Salem came back into it, winning the third on a tiebreak, before tying the match after a victory in the fourth game.

However, Marche stayed strong mentally, winning the fifth game 11-5 to take his eighth PSA title and his first PSA Bronze title.

Both men will next be in action at the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family, in Chicago in two weeks time.

The Pittsburgh Open offered the largest prize money in tournament history, $52,000, in the tournament’s seventeenth year.

Result: Three Rivers Capital Pittsburgh Open Final
[6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [3] Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 6-11, 11-5 (83m)