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Throwback Thursday: Serme Makes History in British Open

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The 2016 Allam British Open features a top-class draw as the world’s leading players head to Hull’s Airco Arena when the World Series tournament begins on Monday March 21 with the aim of lifting one of the most coveted titles the sport has to offer.

The oldest and most respected event on the PSA World Tour calendar, the British Open has featured some of the sport’s greatest ever matches and has been at the pinnacle of the sport ever since its inception in 1929.

For this week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’, we thought we would have a look back at last year’s tournament which saw maiden British Open finalist Camille Serme take on 2013 winner Laura Massaro. Victory for Serme would see her become the first Frenchwoman ever to lift the historic title, while Massaro was aiming to be the first woman from England to win more than one British Open crown since Janet Morgan in 1959.

Serme had disappointed the year before, exiting at the second round, while Massaro had plenty of experience playing in front of her home crowd, with her title win in 2013 being followed up a year later by a final defeat to five-time winner Nicol David.

Number six seed Serme started her tournament well with a 3-1 triumph over Joey Chan, before slaloming past Dipika Pallikal and then overturning a 2-1 deficit against Nour El Sherbini to reach the last four. Meanwhile, Massaro managed a trio of victories over Joshna Chinappa, Nouran Gohar and Joelle King to secure a semi-final berth against David.

Delia Arnold, the Malaysian qualifier who stunned Alison Waters, Annie Au and Raneem El Welily en route to the semi-final, stood between Serme and a place in her first ever British Open final but the then-World No.6 made short work of her opponent, downing her 3-0. Massaro looked to be heading out to David for the second successive year when she went 2-0 down to the tournament favourite but called on all of her experience to fight back and set up a mouth-watering final meeting with Serme.

With both players looking to make history, the gathered spectators were treated to an explosive final encounter that saw Serme and Massaro delve into their repertoires as a flurry of attacking artistry brought the 2015 British Open to an intense end.

Catch the dramatic highlights below

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