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Women's Worlds: Serme Conquers Tomlinson

France’s World No.4 Camille Serme secured a third round berth at the Women’s World Championship after defeating England’s World No.22 Millie Tomlinson in straight-games.

The two players had faced each other three times before on the PSA Tour with Serme claiming all three of those victories with Tomlinson unable to take a game off the 27-year-old from Creteil.

Serme, who defeated Egypt’s Salma Youssef in the first round, confidently took the opening two games before Tomlinson grew into the third to battle back against the Frenchwoman. However, it proved to be too late for the Englishwoman as Serme was able to close out an 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 victory.

The Frenchwoman will face Egypt’s Yathreb Adel in the next round.

“Millie is a tricky opponent,” said Serme afterwards.

“She has beaten some good players and I’m always ready for a big match when I play her. She came back strongly, had some good length in the back of the court and I lost a bit of my concentration as well but I’m happy I won in three.

“In the third, she played well, and I lost a bit my focus. When I watch my match against her in Nantes, we heard the commentators saying that Millie was wining most of her points on the forehand, so I tried to go more on the backhand today, but my backhand was not working so well today.

“The court was a bit dead and it was hard to get to the drop shots. Normally, I wipe my hand on the walls, but tonight I couldn’t as it was just too humid.

“Last time I played Yathreb it was a close 3-0 about a year and a half ago, but in the past, we had some hard battles, so I will come prepared and will analyse the match tactically.”

[3] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [21] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (29m)

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