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Camille Serme

Tournament of Champions Final: Serme Beats El Sherbini

France’s World No.5 Camille Serme defeated Egypt’s World Champion Nour El Sherbini in straight-games to be crowned the 2020 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions winner.

Serme has endured an all-Egyptian run in during this event, beating World No.1 Raneem El Welily in the quarter finals before overcoming World No.3 Nouran Gohar in five-games in last night’s semi-final and the Frenchwoman added the World No.2 to her resume this week as she produced a dominant performance to down the three-time ToC champion.

The Frenchwoman showed no signs of fatigue from her 253 minutes spent on court this week as she started strongly against an out-of-sorts El Sherbini, who never seemed to find her rhythm, as Serme took the first game.

The Egyptian took the iniative in the second to build up a 6-3 lead, but once again it was Serme who played the better squash as she rattled off eight points in a row to double her lead.

A thre-minute injury break at the end of the second ensued for El Sherbini for her knee, which has kept her out for the majority of this season, but she still looked to be struggling with her movement as Serme completed the 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory to win her second Tournament of Champions title.

“I know Nour was not 100%,” said Serme.

“I think everyone could see it. She was not moving very well on court but it’s not easy to play someone you know is not 100%. I was just trying to not think about it, but it’s not easy and all credit to her.

“All the titles are special and different, but this one is special because the last tournament I lost in the quarter final of the World Championship against a very strong Hania El Hammamy and that was a tough one. Obviously, the World Championship is the one that everyone wants to win and that’s my biggest dream, so I’ll take that one today!

“If I could have all of my team at every tournament then I would do it. It’s so nice and so important to me to have them with me. To prepare all those matches, to analyse every match, usually we analyse when I lose but this week we have been analysing when I have won, so it was very interesting. I wish they could come every time.”

[5] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)

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