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Camille Serme (left) against Nouran Gohar (right)

Tournament of Champions SF: Serme Edges Gohar to Reach Final

France’s World No.5 Camille Serme saved five match balls against Egypt’s World No.3 Nouran Gohar to book herself a place in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions taking place in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Today’s brave performance from the Frenchwoman was in stark contrast to the match she played out with Gohar earlier in the season at the U.S. Open where Serme got her tactics wrong with the Egyptian powering to a straight-games victory en route to lifting the PSA World Tour Platinum title.

However, Serme made sure she got her game plan spot on against the hard-hitting Egyptian under the chandeliers on the all-glass court in the Vanderbilt Hall as she showed her mental fortitude to mix up her play with lobs and hard hitting as she marched to a huge victory and reach her second final in New York after winning the title in 2017.

30-year-old Serme has endured an all-Egyptian run so far in the tournament, with her most notable win coming over World No.1 Raneem El Welily in the quarter finals and she backed that up again today much to the delight of the packed out crowd inside Grand Central Terminal to claim a 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 16-14 victory in 78 minutes.

“I’m speechless,” said Serme afterwards.

“Nouran is always such a fighter and her nickname ‘the Terminator’ is such a good nickname because she just hits the ball so hard all the time. It’s funny because I don’t usually see her tired, but today I could see some signs and I thought maybe I could see a chance. So many things happened in my head during the match, I can’t believe I won – I was 10-7 down in the fifth, but I believed.

“Every time you miss your target you have to be ready on your legs to push hard and try and get it, but most of the time it’s a perfect length as well. I tried to break her speed of the game and try to mix it up between hitting it hard and lobbing.

“It’s amazing to have almost all of my staff with me and my friend. My husband and my family are at home watching, but it’s so nice to have a lot of fans and thank you for their support.”

[5] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [3] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 16-14 (78m)

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