It was plain sailing for the seeded players at the French Nationals as the likes of Gregoire Marche and Camille Serme booked their semi-final spots at Bordeaux’s Squash Bad 33 club yesterday.
Marche, a former Nationals champion in 2014, came through a banana skin quarter-final fixture with the talented Victor Crouin, completing a straightforward win by an 11-7 11-6 11-9 margin.
Marche will line up against defending champion Lucas Serme for a place in the title decider. Creteil-born Serme was in fine form to see off Manuel Paquemar in straight games. Paquemar was the only unseeded player to reach the quarter-finals after his win over No.8 seed Johan Bouquet in the previous round.
Meanwhile, Mathieu Castagnet and Baptiste Masotti will face off in the other semi-final following respective wins over Edwin Clain and Toufik Mekhalfi to complete a clean sweep of 3-0 score-lines in the men’s event.
Top seed and 11-time French Nationals champion Camille Serme booked her spot in the semi-finals of the women’s event courtesy of a straight games victory Elise Romba.
Her last four opponent will be No.4 seed Ambre Allinckx, who overcame Lea Barbeau by the same margin.
France’s Melissa Alves was the only victor to drop a game as she beat Marie Stephan by a 3-1 scoreline, while Enora Villard will be her semi-final opponent after getting the better of Ninon Lemarchand 3-0.
The French Squash Federation are streaming the Nationals on their YouTube channel – tune in here from 14:00 GMT.
Results – Quarter-Finals: Men’s 2021 French Nationals
 Gregoire Marche bt  Victor Crouin 3-0: 11-7 11-6 11-9
 Lucas Serme bt Manuel Paquemar 3-0: 11-7 11-2 11-2
 Baptiste Masotti bt  Edwin Clain 3-0: 11-5 11-6 11-6
 Mathieu Castagnet bt  Toufik Mekhalfi 3-0: 11-8 11-6 11-7
Draw – Semi-Finals
 Gregoire Marche v  Lucas Serme
 Baptiste Masotti v  Mathieu Castagnet
Results – Quarter-Finals: Women’s 2021 French Nationals
 Camille Serme bt  Elise Romba 3-0: 11-1 11-4 11-6
 Ambre Allinckx bt  Lea Barbeau 3-0: 12-10 11-5 11-3
 Enora Villard bt  Ninon Lemarchand 3-0: 11-1 11-3 11-4
 Melissa Alves bt  Marie Stephan 3-1: 11-3 7-11 11-3 11-1
Draw – Semi-Finals
 Camille Serme v  Ambre Allinckx
 Enora Villard v  Melissa Alves