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Hania El Hammamy in action on day two of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals

World Tour Finals: El Hammamy Wins Latest Clash With Serme

The latest chapter in the enthralling rivalry between World No.6 Hania El Hammamy and World No.3 Camille Serme went the way of the former as the 20-year-old came back from a game down to get off to a winning start at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals.

Serme had won six of their eight previous matches coming into tonight’s encounter at Cairo’s Mall of Arabia – including a 3-2 win in the Manchester Open semis last week – but El Hammamy dispatched the French player twice during the 2019-20 season before the suspension of the PSA World Tour.

It was Serme who started the better of the two in their Group B encounter in Cairo as she attacked with intent in a confident start to take the opening game.

The high quality squash continued into the second, with El Hammamy earning a game ball. Serme thought she’d secured a stroke after a loose shot from her opponent, but the video referee ultimately awarded a let and a tin from Serme in the following rally handed the equalising game to the Egyptian.

El Hammamy had the bit between her teeth in the third and held off Serme to complete a 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 victory in 51 minutes which sees her move second behind compatriot Nour El Tayeb in Group B.

“I should thank god that today it’s a best of three because it was a really tough match,” said El Hammamy.

“I lost to Camille a few days ago in Manchester and that was really tough as usual. Today I gave it my all and I tried to dig in and I’m glad I managed to win that.

“I think after today’s match I have to go and recover really well, I’m playing the top eight players in the world, so it’s not easy at all to back it up and go the next day and be ready.

“It’s amazing playing in front of my family and friends in Egypt and in front of this amazing crowd. It’s the best for me and I always find myself putting in a good performance in Egypt.”

Result
[5] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 2-1: 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 (51m)

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