French World No.42 Lucas Serme bridged a huge gap in the world rankings to dispatch talented Egyptian Fares Dessouki in the first round of the 2016 UCS Swedish Open in Linköping.
It was Dessouki who had the better of the early exchanges with his dynamism and attacking artistry in full flow in front of enraptured crowd.
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Serme, who came through qualification to reach the main draw, came back with a vengeance though and capitalised on an error-strewn beginning to the second game from World No.21 Dessouki to level things up on the tie-break before edging ahead in an exciting third game to claim the lead for the first time.
A fine start from the Frenchman gave him the platform to push on in the fourth and he displayed a maturity beyond his years as he bided his time, waited for openings and attacked with unerring accuracy to wrap up a superb 8-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-2 triumph.
“I’m ecstatic, I’m over the moon,” enthused Serme.
“I was just really happy to qualify, that was my goal in this tournament. I wasn’t expecting this much. I knew I could beat him but he’s really dangerous.
“He has beaten so many good players but I went out there quite free and quite relaxed. I knew he had the pressure on him and maybe that’s what made the difference in the end. I managed to use the first game to my advantage really.
“I felt that I was doing a few things wrong that gave him easy points. I thought that it was just one game and I could right that wrong in the second game. I think that I managed to adjust my tactic a bit better after that.”
Serme will go up against Tarek Momen in the last eight after he downed England’s Adrian Waller and the 23-year-old is looking to approach that match with the same attitude he employed against Dessouki.
“Tarek has had really impressive results but, when you look at him play he doesn’t seem that impressive.
“It seems quite simple but he is so talented in what he does, even though it is quite simple and basic. He’s really good at this. It’s funny, he’s not scary when you look at him but when you look at his results you can tell that he is a massive player so I’m just going to go out there quite relaxed and try to learn from this match.”
Result – First Round: UCS Swedish Open 2016
[Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt  Fares Dessouki (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-2 (68m)
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