French No.1 Camille Serme came through a stern test against England’s Emily Whitlock in the pair’s second round tie in the 2016 Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions to secure her place in the quarter-final stage of the prestigious event.
The World No.4 eased into the ascendancy in game one but found herself on the back-foot in the second after a superb revival from Whitlock allowed the 21-year-old to storm into a 5-2 lead. Serme responded by elongating the length of the rallies and the punishing pace soon took its toll on Whitlock who dropped nine points in a row to fall two games behind.
“Suddenly she played better and used the height more and I got surprised. The rallies were longer and tougher and I just had to stay in the game. In the last one I’m happy I came back.
“I wanted long rallies and I tried to play faster because I felt she was slowing down the pace and I was falling asleep a bit.”
That win sees Serme paired up with Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in a mouthwatering quarter-final tie after she won her fixture against compatriot Mariam Metwally.
The two last met at the same stage in November’s Qatar Classic with El Sherbini triumphing on that occasion courtesy of a 3-1 victory.
Result – Second Round: Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 13-11 (52m)
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