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All smiles for Serme

Serme Seals Irish Crown

The final of the 2016 Gillenmarkets Irish Open saw Frenchman Lucas Serme collect the seventh PSA World Tour title, and biggest, of his career so far as he prevailed over England’s Declan James in a testing four game encounter to make amends for his defeat to Ali Farag in the final twelve months ago.

With just two positions separating the pair on the World Rankings the scene was set for an edgy affair and the duo lived up to their billing, with the first game going point-for-point until 9-all when Serme managed to sneak into the early lead.

In the second James started taking the ball earlier and was dropping beautifully to take it 11-8 but Serme came back in the third, mixing up his approach and forcing errors from the racket of James and he continued to pile on the pressure in the fourth to storm to the title.

[1] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [4] Declan James (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (61m)

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