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Daryl Selby celebrates beating Lucas Serme on day one of the Windy City Open

Windy City Open RD1: Selby Comes Through Huge Battle with Serme

English veteran Daryl Selby had to draw on all of his experience to come out on top in a gargantuan 98-minute contest with World No.38 Lucas Serme which saw him come back from 2-1 down at the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family.

Selby, sporting goggles following an eye injury at the recent British Nationals. had won their three of their previous battles, with all of those matches going over the 60-minute mark, while Selby had won the last two by a 3-2 scoreline.

And it was no different this time around as the World No.25 earned a hard-fought victory by a 15-13, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8 margin to ensure he will take on World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the next round.

Serme looked to have taken the opening game after Selby’s shot was called out of court with the Frenchman 13-12 up, only for the decision to be overturned. That handed Selby a lifeline as he came back to take the lead, but Serme regained his composure to take the next two.

Another titanic tie-break went the way of Selby to send the match to a nail-biting decider where he fended off a Serme fightback to finally book his place in the last 32.

“I think we both move well, he’s exceptional around the court and he picks up everything,” said Selby, 37.

“It’s very hard to get him off balance, you can see the way he moves and counters everything I do. 96 minutes is a long battle on the glass court and I didn’t quite have my front court game.

“I had it in little bits, but I didn’t feel that comfortable going to the front, I was a bit passive at times and that’s why the match was so long.

“I’ve got to use my experience at those crucial times. The two games I won in the first and fourth were both tie-breaks, and it’s those crucial points that make the difference. The old man in me ‘old manned’ him at the end as well with a sneaky stroke, if he’s going that far across then there is always a chance.

“It was a good game, a hard battle, and I’ll look forward to 96 minutes against Mohamed tomorrow.”

Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-2: 15-13, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8 (98m)

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