The 2015/16 season will go down in history as one of the most exciting and enthralling seasons in the history of the PSA World Tour, with a series of stunning tournaments and thrilling matches lighting up courts around the globe.
For the next few weeks, our Throwback Thursday pieces are going to look at some of the finest matches of the season as the world’s best players went toe-to-toe in some spectacular, action-packed encounters.
This week’s piece looks at March’s nail-biting Allam British Open epic between World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar and then-defending champion Camille Serme in the semi-final stage, which will go down as one of the iconic tournament’s greatest ever matches.
Gohar, 18, was in the midst of a breakout season and further established herself as one of the leading players in the world with a stunning run to the last four, which saw her down Heba El Torky and Annie Au before shocking fellow Egyptian and former World No.1 Raneem El Welily to reach the semis.
Another of the quarter-final matches saw Serme take on then-World No.1 Laura Massaro in a repeat of the previous year’s final, in which Serme prevailed. Massaro, whose form had dipped since the turn of the year, battled hard, but was powerless to prevent a devastating Serme from powering through to victory, setting up a battle with Gohar in the process.
Gohar played with pace and precision in a virtuoso performance to surge into a two-game advantage, but a resilient Serme fought back to ensure parity.
A nail-biting fifth game was decided by the narrowest of margins, but it was Gohar who edged it to reach her first ever World Series final – where she would eventually lose in five to current World Champion Nour El Sherbini.
Catch the highlights of this sensational clash below
Tune in next week as we look at another one of the 2015/16 season’s greatest matches. In the meantime, log in to SQUASHTV to watch another humdinger from the British Open – including this thrilling fixture between Ramy Ashour and Ryan Cuskelly.