World No.4 Camille Serme came up with a 3-1 victory over Hong Kong’s Joey Chan to move into the second round of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship taking place in the National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Frenchwoman found her length early on in the match and did well to fend off a dogged Chan, who pushed Serme hard throughout a tightly-contested opener. Serme narrowly won it 11-9 and followed that up by storming into a 7-1 lead in game two. Chan launched a spirited comeback which saw her rattle off a number of points in quick succession but she narrowly succumbed to a defeat that gave Serme a commanding two-game lead.
Chan was excellent from the outset of the third though, as some consistent hitting caused Serme to lose her focus and a number of unforced errors from the number four seed saw Chan march into an 8-3 lead. The 28-year-old stepped up the court and began to take the ball a lot earlier and that approach paid immediate dividends as her superior control enabled her to claw a game back and half the deficit.
Serme remained calm and worked the ball around the court well in game four in a bid to reestablish her earlier dominance. She pulled away and managed to build up enough momentum to take an 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 win and earn her place in the next stage of the prestigious tournament.
“In the third, I lost a bit of my length game, which is very important on this court,” said Serme.
“I was attacking too quickly and she was in front of me most of the time. I had to be a bit more patient in the fourth and focus on my length again before attacking.”
After a recent win at the Cleveland Classic and a victory over World No.1 Laura Massaro in last month’s British Open, Serme’s form looks to be rising at just the right time, but the 27-year-old admits that the conditions could play a part in her title charge.
“Every tournament is different, the conditions are different,” she said.
“I’m training in Paris, where it’s ten degrees, so I’m not used to this warm weather any more. I hope that I am in good form.”
Result – First Round: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Joey Chan (HKG) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4 (41m)
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