The 2016/17 season provided plenty of highlights for current World No.3 Camille Serme as she was the only player on the Women’s Tour to lift two World Series titles, while reaching a career high World Ranking of No.2.
In October 2016, Serme made history by as she became the first Frenchwoman to lift the U.S. Open crown after beating World No.1 Nour El Sherbini over four games – her first World Series title since she won the 2015 British Open.
Serme overcame Amanda Sobhy in the semi-finals to set up the final clash with El Sherbini. The pair took a game apiece in the opening stages until a crucial third game went the way of Serme after she recovered from 4-0 down to go back ahead and then held her nerve in the fourth to write her name into the history books.
From that moment on America became a happy hunting ground for Serme as she went on to add the Tournament of Champions and Cleveland Classic titles to her collection.
In New York, Serme proved that she was the player to beat on the Women’s Tour as she downed then-World No.2 Nouran Gohar and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini on her way to the final before triumphing 13-11, 8-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-7 over England’s Laura Massaro to claim the ToC title.
“This season has been my best season so far,” said the 28-year-old.
“I feel really happy about the way I have played. It felt amazing to win the U.S. Open and the ToC – obviously they are two big tournaments in a row and it seems that I like playing in America!”
Alongside her title wins, Serme was also voted Women’s Player of the Year at the PSA Awards in Dubai along with compatriot, Gregory Gaultier picking up the Men’s award and the Frenchwoman said the accolade meant a lot to her.
“Having received the best Player of the Year award was really special for me because my father was with me in Dubai and Greg having it as well, we were both really happy to have it at the same time for France.
“Greg was in crazy form those last six months – he has been amazing and a great example in France for all the players.”
Serme’s formidable form saw her top the Road to Dubai Standings, with the 28-year-old falling narrowly short of a berth in the final after El Sherbini fought back despite a hand injury in the best-of-three, however, Serme was grateful for the experience.
“It was amazing to compete in Dubai, especially after last year, this year I thought was a higher standard and playing in the Opera was so great. I just enjoyed my squash so much and almost made it to the final but I can’t complain because it was great.”
With a stellar 2016/17 campaign behind her, Serme has her sights set high for the future.
“My dream always has been to become World No.1 and become World Champion so that is still my goals for next season, but I know that when I focus too much on those things that’s when I get really nervous on court so I actually try to focus more on what to do on court and how I can improve more and that’s when I play better.”