Egypt’s World No.11 Hania El Hammamy came from 2-0 down against France’s World No.4 Camille Serme to reach her first PSA Women’s World Championship semi-final.
The young Egyptian, who lost 3-0 to Serme earlier in the season at the Open de France – Nantes, was staring down the barrel of defeat before she staged a monumental comeback to stun experienced Frenchwoman Serme in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Serme was dominant in the opening exchanges as she showed her experience on the big stage to step up and take the ball in early to pull away from the 19-year-old, who was playing in her first World Championship quarter final.
However, the momentum switched completely in the third game as El Hammamy played without any pressure with her game plan coming into focus and she was able to start taking control.
Huge roar from
HaniaaElHammamy</a>!<br><br>Brilliant deception from the Egyptian - she's pushing <a href="https://twitter.com/CamilleSerme?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">CamilleSerme hard here at the Pyramids #SquashByThePyramids
PSAWorldChamps</a> <a href="https://t.co/xCTApUIpvq">pic.twitter.com/xCTApUIpvq</a></p>— PSA World Tour (PSAWorldTour) October 30, 2019
El Hammamy continued to stun Serme in the fourth as the 30-year-old struggled to find a response to the Egyptian’s change of tactics, before holding her nerve in a tense fifth game to continuously keep the World No.4 at bay.
She will face World No.2 and reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini in the semi-finals tomorrow.
What a result for
HaniaaElHammamy</a>!! <br><br>The 19-year-old has come back from two games down to stun <a href="https://twitter.com/CamilleSerme?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">CamilleSerme and book her place in the
PSAWorldChamps</a> semi-finals! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SquashByThePyramids?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SquashByThePyramids</a> <a href="https://t.co/oFZdmG2tlj">pic.twitter.com/oFZdmG2tlj</a></p>— PSA World Tour (PSAWorldTour) October 30, 2019
“I’m over the moon, I can’t believe that I was 2-0 down – I thought I’d lost but I wanted to keep fighting and enjoy it,” said El Hammamy afterwards.
“I’m playing in the quarters, which is an achievement for me, and I wanted to keep fighting even if I lost. I think when I never gave up that was the key and I played the best squash I had in the last three games.
“I wanted to win so bad, I was so excited in the beginning – I didn’t really focus on my game plan or what my coaches told me. When I was 2-0 down I thought I need to keep focusing on what they said and I’m glad it worked.
“I have my grandma here with me and every time she is here I make her upset. She was here with me at Black Ball when I beat Nour El Tayeb, so I think she is my lucky person.”
 Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) 3-2: 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (69m)