World Champion Nour El Sherbini salvaged her hopes of ending the 2015/16 season in the best fashion possible as she overcame the challenge of Camille Serme to move into the semi-finals of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals – the lucrative season-ending tournament taking place in front of the iconic Burj Khalifa.
After losing their respective encounters to Raneem El Welily, the World No.3 who tops Group B, the duo met in a crunch encounter that would see the winner exit the tournament and El Sherbini took the match by the scruff of the neck from the off, playing with typical attacking flair as she marched to a one game lead for the loss of just for points.
Serme, who has endured a season of mixed emotions on the World Series after failing to reach a final despite playing some of the best squash of her career, fought back in the second to utilise her court coverage and determination to trade points with El Sherbini in the early going. But it was the Egyptian, who has dominated the Tour in 2016, who pulled away at the end to take the match 11-4, 11-6 in just 20 minutes.
“It is a big relief to qualify because I really needed to win this match today,” said El Sherbini.
“After the whole season to come here and lose was something I definitely did not want to do – I knew I had to be really focused and give it everything and I’m happy that I played well.
“My aim was just to qualify and we will see what happens next. The four of us (in the semi-finals) are all strong players and there are no easy matches so we will just see what happens now.
“I’m playing much better than in the first match. I wasn’t relaxed and I didn’t train much before coming here as I had a lot to do, other commitments, but I feel like I’m playing much better now and I feel more comfortable on court.
“Tomorrow will be tough but we will just see how it goes. I can’t think about winning yet as it is a long way away. I have to just focus on the next match.”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) 2-0: 11-4, 11-6 (20m)