French No.2 seed Camille Serme booked her place in the quarter-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships courtesy of a commanding 3-1 win over Hong Kong’s Annie Au.
Serme, 2016 U.S. Open champion, beat Au in straight games at the same stage of last year’s tournament and, while she dropped a game this time around, the 30-year-old dominated for large periods of their 36-minute fixture.
Au put points on the board in the early parts of the opening game, but Serme was soon able to establish herself on the match as she pushed Au deep into the backhand corner before striking at the front of the court.
That continued in the second game as she built up a 2-0 lead, but she found it more difficult in the third as Au held the ball and wrong-footed her opponent with some well-placed flicks.
The player from Hong Kong was duly rewarded with victory in the third as she halved the deficit, but normal service resumed in the fourth as Serme raced to to an 11-2 victory, meaning she will play either United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in a repeat of the Open de France final or India’s Joshna Chinappa.
“Annie’s always tough to play, she has a type of game where she is lobbing and dropping really well,” Serme said.
“She did it really well in the third and I lost a bit of my focus as well, so I really wanted to get a good start in the fourth. She slowed down the pace and I like to play fast, so it’s a different tactical game, but it’s always good to have different types of games on the tour.
“I think it’s going to be interesting [in her next match]. Joshna is playing well, she did well in San Francisco next week, so I will be watching for sure and enjoying my physio.”
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Annie Au (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2 (36m)