United States’ World No.119 Andrew Douglas secured the biggest win of his career to date after he knocked out France’s World No.6 Lucas Serme to reach the second round of the FS Investments U.S. Open.
The American wildcard had never made it past the first round of a PSA World Tour Platinum event before, but made sure to change that on home turf as he produced a stunning performance to shock Serme and power through to the second round.
Douglas, who goes to school in Philadelphia, was cheered on all the way by the home crowd as he took a surprise lead in the first game.
From then on the nerves seemed to get the better of higher seeded Serme as he struggled to find his range and accuracy against a confident Douglas who went on to double his lead.
First blood to the wildcard!
Seriously impressive stuff so far from
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Frenchman Serme managed to get back into the match but it wasn’t enough to disrupt the momentum of Douglas who continued to press and mount the pressure on Serme eventually closing out an 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5 victory in 73 minutes.
Douglas will face either Egypt’s Youssef Soliman or New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson in the next round.
“I didn’t expect to be here, but it’s an amazing feeling,” said the 21-year-old afterwards.
“I have to thank everybody that has come to cheer me on. It means a lot for them to come out and support me and undoubtedly I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.
“I think he was probably a bit nervous, so I wanted to put pressure on him and I wanted to really enjoy the last game without thinking too much about the score and that’s what ended up helping me win the match and maybe helping him feel a bit on edge.
“I just tried to enjoy every minute on this court and I played well.”
Result: [WC] Andrew Douglas (USA) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5 (73m)