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Number one seed Sebastien Bonmalais cruises to victory at Scottish Squash Open final in Inverness


By Will Clark

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FRENCHMAN Sebastien Bonmalais lived up to his number one seeding as he claimed the Scottish Squash Open title in Inverness.

Sebastien Bonmalais with the Scottish Squash Open trophy. Picture: Callum Mackay
Sebastien Bonmalais with the Scottish Squash Open trophy. Picture: Callum Mackay

The world number 56 took 48 minutes to defeat Welshman Emyr Evans 3–0 (12–10, 11–5, 11–7) at Inverness Tennis and Squash Club on Sunday afternoon.

After a tough first game, the 23-year-old took control of the match to record a comfortable victory.

"I was happy with my performance in the final and the way that I played during the entire week," he said after clinching victory.

"I gained more confidence with every match that I played and that is good for the future.

"I saved my best performance for today as I was more focussed compared to the beginning of the tournament.

"It is very satisfying as I knew I had to get a lot of pace and rhythm to break him.

"It was important that I won the first game after he came back and that set me up for the rest of the match."

Sebastien Bonmalais in action against Emyr Evans. Picture: Callum Mackay
Sebastien Bonmalais in action against Emyr Evans. Picture: Callum Mackay

Heading to the US Open in Philadelphia next week, Bonmalais believes winning in Inverness will be good preparation for him.

"I will be playing another Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet in the first round, who I train with.

"My next goal is to win my first match as it is a big tournament.

"The Scottish Open was good preparation as it gave me four tough matches and a lot of confidence that I can play at a high level which is good."

Sebastien Bonmalais beat Emyr Evans 3–0. Picture: Callum Mackay
Sebastien Bonmalais beat Emyr Evans 3–0. Picture: Callum Mackay

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