France’s World No.5 Camille Serme came out the victor in a tough four-game battle with Egypt’s World No.16 Yathreb Adel to reach the quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for the seventh year in a row.
The two players last faced each other at the PSA Women’s World Championship in October, where Serme came out on top with a 3-0 victory. However, this time around it proved much more of a challenge for the Frenchwoman as the two players played out a high-quality battle under the chandeliers of the Vanderbilt Hall.
Serme was able to take a tight two game advantage, before Adel fought back bravely in the third to take advantage of the World No.5 struggling to find the back corners of the court as she reduced the deficit by an 11-6 margin.
Mistakes at the crucial moments, including at 8-5 where she hit the tin which could have seen her hold a four point cushion, proved costly for Adel as Serme was able to stay with the Egyptian before taking an 11-7, 13-11 6-11, 11-9 victory in 57 minutes.
Next up for the 2017 Tournament of Champions winner is either World No.1 Raneem El Welily or Hong Kong’s Annie Au.
“I think she made two very important mistakes,” said Serme.
“I’ve been tested by all of the Egyptians these past few months and every match is a battle, I’m ready for it, but it’s tough.
“It feels like the density of the girls is a lot higher. I feel like every round is really hard, it’s good for the sport and good for squash. I’m sure the crowd enjoy those kind of matches more than an easy 3-0.
“I asked to change the ball after the third game, it was pretty dead and was very hard to put into the back. I think because it’s a bit colder outside, I could feel the ball was a bit heavier.”
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 11-9 (57m)