Serme Stuns Second Seed In Major World Open Upset

Just 24 hours after upsetting the No8 seed to become the first French player to reach the event’s quarter-finals, France’sCamille Serme ousted England’s second seed Jenny Duncalf to make the last four of the Soho Square Women’sWorld Open, the richest ever WISPA World Tour squash event, in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Soho Square atSharm El Sheikh.

The 21-year-old ninth seed from Paris twice came from behind to record her sensational 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5 victory over the world No2 in 57 minutes.

It was a strange feeling at 3-0. Straight away you start thinking about winning and I said to myself ‘don’t think about that’,” Serme explained to the official website

“She came back and it was close and then I played well again. I was trying to think about playing point by point and trying not to think about the score.”

Serme will now face Omneya Abdel Kawy, the fourth seed from Egypt who ended the brave run of Australia’s Kasey Brown, beating the tenth seed 11-8, 14-12, 6-11, 11-5.

“I had memories of the last World Open when I was up against Rachael (Grinham) and went on to lose 3/2,” said Abdel Kawy, who was spurred on by the home crowd. “Kasey played attacking squash in the third, which she hadn’t in the first two, and I was a bit too relaxed. She’s improved a lot lately and she made it a difficult match.”

The other semi-final will be the one predicted by the draw, in which favourite Nicol David will line up against third seedAlison Waters.

David, the world No1 from Malaysia, defeated fellow Penangite Low Wee Wern 11-2, 11-5, 11-2, whilst Waters took five games to see off Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 in 56 minutes.

“It feels good, it’s always harder to play a team-mate, especially in the quarters of the World Open,” said David, who is seeded to win a record-equalling fifth world title in Egypt. “You just have to go out and play your best. I was feeling the ball really early, and I feel the best I’ve ever been.”

England number two Waters, now in her second successive semi, said after her win: “I played well enough to get good starts, but then got to thinking too much about the next match, rather than concentrating on what I was supposed to be doing.”

“She was more relaxed when she was down and showed what a great player she is, and I got a bit tense and went for winners too early,” admitted the Londoner

“There’s a few things to work on, but a win’s a win and I’ll take a World Open semi-final!”

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (27m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [14] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8 (56m)
[4] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [10] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-8, 14-12, 6-11, 11-5 (55m)
[9] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5 (57m)

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