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Hong Kong Roundup: Serme Stuns Golan

French qualifier Lucas Serme pulled off the biggest win of his career to date as he stunned former World No.5 Borja Golan in the first round of the 2015 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, PSA World Series tournament.

The 23-year-old World No.49 put in a fine performance as he nullified the Spanish World No.17 in a bruising 74-minute encounter, utilising all four corners of the court as he came from one game behind to record an impressive victory that sees him progress to the second round of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time in his career, where World Championship runner-up Omar Mossad will lay in waiting.

“That’s probably one of the best results I’ve had in my career so far so I’m just ecstatic with the win,” said Serme.

“I’ve watched a lot of his matches since I was young so I knew his game and he maybe didn’t know too much about me. I was able to read him well and I think I frustrated him. I tried not to make many mistakes and just stick in there during the longer rallies and I think it was a case of him breaking before me

“It’s a great win for my rankings and a boost for me in terms of confidence so it’s all positive. and hopefully I can play well again in the next round.”

Mossad booked his place in the second round with an accomplished victory over local favourite Max Lee, coming through 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, while World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy rebounded from his disappointing third round exit at the World Championship with a straightforward 3-1 victory over Peter Barker, which signalled the end of the Englishman’s career after he announced this would be his last competitive tournament.

“Peter is a player I have admired and looked up to since I was a kid so it was an honour for me to be his last opponent on the PSA World Tour,” said Elshorbagy foliowing their encounter.

Results – First Round (Top Half) 2015 Men’s Hong Kong Open, PSA World Series:
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Peter Barker (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8 (33m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA) – still to play
Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-1: 12-14, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (69m)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (39m)
[6] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5 (56m)
[Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 14-12 (74m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (54m)
[4] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt [Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 8-3 retired (46m)

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