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Serme (fore) and Tomlinson on court in Nantes

Serme Storms Into Open de France Semi Finals After Commanding Performance

Home favourite Camille Serme is through to the semi finals after a convincing victory over England’s Millie Tomlinson in the last eight of the Open de France – Nantes.

The World No.3, and tope seed of the tournament, wasted no time in sealing the first game, as she allowed Tomlinson to take just three points.

The second game was tighter, with the Englishwoman holding an early lead. However, Serme came fighting back to take the game, closing out the match in less than 20 minutes.

The Frenchwoman will play Hania El Hammamy in the semi finals at the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne on Friday evening, after the Egyptian overcame England’s Alison Waters I the first match of the night.

“I am happy and relieved because when you are the No.1 seeded, you want to go all the way through to the final but obviously, you have tough opponents before that,” Serme said.

“I am just happy that this is another step closer. We have had some good matches together and she has had some good matches against Raneem [El Welily] and Laura [Massaro] before so I always take her seriously because she is very talented.

“I use the pressure as more of a boost. I am more nervous about being No.1 seed rather than playing at home. That is an advantage for me because they are very supportive, so it is very positive for me.

“It will be best-of-five [in the semi-final], so I want to keep the momentum from the very beginning of the match. If I can take the first game then it will put some more pressure on my opponent. I have a rest day tomorrow so I look forward to that, getting some good training in and see how it goes on Friday.”

Result – Women’s Quarter Final: Open de France – Nantes
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [8] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 2-0: 11-3, 11-6 (19m)

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