Frenchman Lucas Serme is through to the third round of. The Qatar Classic after coming back from behind to overcome the challenge of Englishman Tom Richards in Doha.
This was the fourth meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, and it was tight and close to call throughout, but Serme eventually got through to reach the third round of a Platinum level event for the first time since the 2019 Allam British Open.
It was Richards who took the opening salvo, though, after some lengthy early exchanges. A couple of errors from Serme in middle stage of the game gave the Englishman a strong lead, one he held on to to take the advantage.
There were errors from both players at crucial times over the course of the next two games, but in both, Serme was able to edge into a lead late on, and was able to flip the match on its head to go from a game down to a game in front, winning both the second and third games by an 11-9 scoreline. The Englishman saved game ball in the third, but then hit the tin to gift Serme the game.
The fourth game was much easier for the Frenchman, as he took it 11-6 to advance through to the last 16 in Qatar, where he will face a top 12 ranked player, in either Mohamed Abouelghar or Joel Makin.
“I have had a few games, in Egypt and Manchester, where I felt good physically, and that I could go to five games easily. Now it is all about my squash, my technique, my tactics, it has to come into place.
“It was hard to go six months without competition. It is good to have already had a couple of tournaments so to come here, I knew what to expect from myself. Every match, I am learning and I feel like I am getting stronger.”
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (57m)