Frenchman Lucas Serme has booked his place in the second round of the 2020 Qatar Classic courtesy of a 3-1 victory against the highest ranked American man, Todd Harrity.
Harrity, the World No.58, will look back with regret on a third game that saw him squander three game balls in an attempt to level up the scores, with Serme ultimately taking the match by an 11-5, 12-14, 11-4, 14-12 scoreline.
Serme dominated the ’T’ in the early stages of the match and had Harrity on strings as he dropped just five points in the first game.
Harrity did brilliantly to break Serme’s rhythm in the second though as he ramped the pace right up and he was rewarded with victory on the tie-break to draw level.
But the 30-year-old couldn’t keep that up as he dropped off in the third, which allowed Serme to re-establish his lead. And the French player held his nerve in the crucial stages to complete a win which will see him play England’s Tom Richards in the next round.
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“We haven’t had many tournament since March, we’ve now had a couple of big tournaments and the big guys got through but there were some upsets along the way still,” said Serme.
“I think it’s possible for some surprises.”
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-1: 11-5, 12-14, 11-4, 14-12 (64m)