Despite the support of the home crowd, local player Fiona Moverley was unable to cause an upset in her match against defending champion Camille Serme in the first round of the 2016 Allam British Open – the prestigious PSA World Series tournament taking place in Hull, England.
The Frenchwoman dictated the pace of the game and picked off Moverley in each of the opening two games as she strode to a 3-0 victory and while Moverley battled, pushing Serme all the way, Hull born player could not quite take her chances when they appeared.
Even as defending champion, Serme insisted she was under no more pressure than any other tournament.
“Everyone is talking about that and reminding me that, I am just trying to focus on this year as 2015 is over and I enjoyed it,” said Serme.
“I just try to take it match by match. Today I knew she would have the support of the crowd and I don’t mind it, I knew it would be like that when I heard she was from Hull. It was a good atmosphere.”
The second saw Serme race into a 4-0 lead, before some inspired shots from Moverley saw her peg back to 6-4. Eventually, after a few longer rallies it was Serme who pulled away and won the game 11-6 before the French World no.4 took the third fairly comfortably.
After the match the defending champion highlighted how important it is to win its quickly as possible in the early stages of a tournament.
“I am working on it. I try to win my matches in a more easy way and not lose too much energy. I think I am on the right track anyway.”
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt [WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (29m)
By James Hall