World No.3 Camille Serme toppled World No.37 Melissa Alves in the battle of the French as she booked a last 16 berth at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open.
The two French players, who train together and are close friends off court, had never played each other before on the PSA Tour but it was Serme who showed her prowess as she powered to victory.
Alves, who faced compatriot Enora Villard in round one, showed glimpses of her skills with the racket and athleticism, but it was not enough to stop Serme from claiming the victory as she put in a solid performance to set up a third round tie with World No.10 Hania El Hammamy.
Serme and El Hammamy played each other just last week in a five-game thriller, hailed as one of the matches of the season, at the Windy City Open and the two will go head-to-head once more tomorrow.
“It’s the first time we have played each other on the PSA Tour, which is quite lucky,” said Serme afterwards. “But still coming out all the way here and playing each other it’s not nice, but it’s our job and I gave everything to win 3-0 today.
“She knows me really well and you could see sometimes she was on the ball before I was playing.
“I’ve always loved this country and especially because squash is such a big sport here. You always have a lot of people coming, watching and cheering and they really like good squash, even though they cheer for their country, they enjoy good squash too.”
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt Melissa Alves (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (26m)