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Nour El Sherbini celebrates after beating Camille Serme in Chicago

Windy City Open QFs: Sherbini Downs Serme To Reach Last Four

Four-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini, who was suffering from on-going knee pain and a separate illness, avenged her defeat from the final of January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, as she got the better of French No.1 Camille Serme in a tightly contested four-game affair.

The pair had met a whopping 23 times previous to this match in the last eight in Chicago, with El Sherbini holding the 14-9 advantage, but it was Serme that had won the most recent clash, in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, where ‘La Panthere’ took the title.

There was a similar pattern to all four games, with the Frenchwoman taking the early lead, before she was reigned in by the World No.4. It was a 4-1 lead in the first, before El Sherbini came through to take it 10-8, with the second seeing an even more dominant run from the Egyptian, as she won nine consecutive points to turn it around from 5-2 down to winning 11-5 to move two games clear.

The third saw the ‘Warrior Princess’ fight back from a deficit again, but this time, Serme was able to recover to take the game, cutting El Sherbini’s lead in half. However, the fourth went back to the original pattern, with the Egyptian sealing the win with her first match ball. She will now face England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the semi-finals.

“My mother kept telling me to not let it get to five, I had to finish it as quickly a possible. I have played Camille before and I knew I had to finish it in four and not make it any longer!” El Sherbini explained.

“She has been playing amazing the last two tournaments. She is beating only Egyptians and she beat me in our last meeting at the final of the Tournament of Champions. I was just trying to be steady for every shot and to stick to my gameplan.”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [5] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 (45m)

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