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Matches of the Season: Black Ball Open - Serme v El Sherbini

We’re taking a look back at the best matches from the 2018/19 season and today sees us go back to March as we revisit an epic encounter between France's Camille Serme v Egypt's Nour El Sherbini at the Black Ball Squash Open in Cairo, Egypt.

The two players were facing each other for the second time in two weeks after meeting in the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships in Chicago, which saw El Sherbini take the win in five and the two players once again went toe-to-toe in one of the matches of the season.

Serme looked like a woman on a mission in the opening exchanges as she was determined to get revenge for her defeat in Chicago, playing with impressive accuracy to take a 1-0 lead.

El Sherbini was not going down without a fight, however, as this time she was forced to come from behind compared to their meeting earlier this month in Chicago when she lead 2-0.

It continued to be a gladiatorial stand-off between the pair as they went the full distance to five-games with Serme playing some of her best squash, but in the end the ‘Warrior Princess’ had too much and was able to close out the win after going 2-1 down.

“It’s really hard every time against Camille,” said 23-year-old El Sherbini following her victory.

“Last time I was 2-0 up and this time I was 2-1 down, I’m really happy that I’m through. I just kept pushing and pushing.

“I’m playing Joelle, it’s going to be tough. We last played a while ago and so it is going to be a tough one. I’m going to try to relax now and focus and look forward to tomorrow’s match.”

Result: Black Ball Squash Open – Quarter Finals
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [5] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-2: 4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 (64m)

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