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Melissa Alves (right) triumphs over Anna Serme (left) in Armenia

Alves Lifts Grand Sport Armenia 2nd Challenger W5 Title

France’s World No.231 Melissa Alves secured victory at the Grand Sport Armenia 2nd Challenger W5 tournament to lift her maiden PSA World Tour title.

Alves – who began the tournament in the qualifying stages – downed top seed Czech Republic’s World No.81 Anna Serme in the final in just over 20 minutes as she produced a dominant display to win 11-4, 11-5, 11-2.

The 23-year-old only dropped two games throughout the entire tournament, coming up against Egypt’s World No.124 Menna Nasser in the quarter finals, with the latter forced to retire in the deciding game despite being 7-4 up and close to claiming her place in the semi-finals.

However, the Frenchwoman bounced back to claim a 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 victory over England’s Anna Kimberley in the semi-finals before going onto to beat Serme to clinch her maiden PSA World Tour W5 title.

First round
[1] Anna Serme (CZE) bt Ailee Nayeri (IRI) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (21m)
[Q] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) bt [5] Farah Momen (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (21m)
[Q] Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt [7] Taba Taghavi Rafsanjani (IRI) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-2
[3] Enora Villard (FRA) bt Julie Rossignol (FRA) 3-2: 11-4, 2-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7 (48m)
Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt [4] Eva Fertekova (CZE) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (40m)
[8] Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh (IRI) bt [Q] Anam Mustafa Aziz (PAK) 3-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (30m)
[6] Menna Nasser (EGY) bt Jelena Dutina (SRB) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (15m)
[Q] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt [2] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (25m)

Quarter finals
[1] Anna Serme (CZE) bt [Q] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-8, 11-4 (26m)
[3] Enora Villard (FRA) bt [Q] Cindy Merlo (SUI) 3-1: 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5 (38m)
Anna Kimberley (ENG) Walkover [8] Arezoosadat Mousavizadeh (IRI)
[Q] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt [6] Menna Nasser (EGY) 11-13, 3-11, 4-7 (retired) (21m)

Semi finals
[1] Anna Serme (CZE) bt [3] Enora Villard (FRA) 3-1: 11-9, 14-12, 9-11, 12-10 (49m)
[Q] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt Anna Kimberley (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (32m)

Final
[Q] Melissa Alves (FRA) bt [1] Anna Serme (CZE) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (24m)

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