England’s World No.42 George Parker claimed a big five-game victory over France’s World No.37 Lucas Serme to book his place in the second round of the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill PSA Gold tournament.
The Englishman had faced Serme only once previously, with that fixture coming back in 2015 and resulting in a French victory. However, this time Parker ensured his remained focused right until the end to close out a tense victory.
Both players produced some strong showings of squash with Serme taking the first game before Parker drew level in the second.
The Englishman was forced to call upon his resilience once again as he went down 12-10 to Serme in the third.
Just when George Parker thought he had this rally won,
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In the fourth, the Frenchman took a nasty fall on court after Parker made contact when the score was 9-5 to the Englishman and that seemed to change the tide of the match with Serme taking an injury break moments later after complaining about feeling unwell.
Parker was able to close out the fourth to draw level once again and then powered to the finish line in the fifth to take a 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6 win in 77 minutes and set up a last 16 clash with former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad.
“I felt alright, my legs were a bit heavy coming in,” said Leicester-born Parker after.
“I might have overdone a bit on the training, but as I got into it I got used to it a bit more. He was being really attacking, I think it was mainly me trying to get in front and be aggressive. I think I’m a bit stronger around the middle when I try and hit down on the ball and when I did that I managed to make him dig out the corners.
“He’s such a good mover and he counter punches you by any margin because he’s so quick off the ball. I think in the end he got a bit tired and he may have got injured as well, which probably didn’t help.
“I think I closed it out well though, I needed to – I’ve been losing too many of those close games this season where I’ve had game balls and match balls and I’ve sort of bottled it so it’s a big win for me.”
George Parker (ENG) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-2: 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6 (77m)