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CIB Egyptian Open RD3: Serme Battles Past Sobhy

France’s World No.3 Camille Serme was forced to come from 2-1 down against USA’s World No.29 Sabrina Sobhy to win 11-6, 12-14, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 and reach the quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open.

Serme was almost left with a sense of Déjà vu after coming unstuck against Sabrina’s older sister, Amanda, just a week ago at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals as the younger Sobhy went 2-1 up in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

However, this time Serme was able to turn things around to book her place in the quarter finals of the PSA Platinum event, where she will take on Egypt’s World No.6 Hania El Hammamy after she beat Belgium’s Tinne Gilis earlier in the day.

Both players struggled with the court conditions in the first game, with the two slipping at times, but it was Serme was able to take the advantage as she went a game up before both players wiped down the court heavily in the break.

Sobhy came out fighting in the second though, saving four game balls and forcing Serme deep into all four corners of the court as she converted on her third game ball attempt to draw level. The American continued to attack well in the third and put her French opponent in trouble, taking a surprising 2-1 lead.

In the fourth it was Serme’s turn to produce a fight back as she managed to hold her nerve to close out a tie-break and get back on level terms, before edging out the American in the fifth to claim the win in 67 minutes.

“I think we both saw in the first game that the floor was very slippery,” said Serme.

“It was a lot better after we wiped it. I always know it is going to be hard against Sabrina, she is coming along strongly. We’ve been practicing and training together a little bit so I know what she’s capable of. To be honest I saw myself on a plane home tonight when I was 2-1 down.

“I don’t know what happened, I need to analyse with my coach how I actually won this match. I felt a bit flat in a few games and she was really good, attacking and volleying very well. I’m happy I’m through and really glad I made it.

“I thought it could be a Sobhy sister thing.”

[3] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-2: 11-6, 12-14, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 (67m)

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