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CIB Black Ball Open RD2: Serme Marches Past Gilis

France’s World No.4 Camille Serme booked her place in the quarter finals of the CIB Black Ball Open with an 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory over Belgium’s World No.18 Tinne Gilis.

31-year-old Serme has not made it past the quarter final stage of this tournament before, with exits to Nour El Sherbini coming in 2019 and defeat in the last 16 to eventual champion Hania El Hammamy in March. However, the Frenchwoman proved she is a contender with another professional performance to advance to the last eight.

A few errors from Serme at the start were soon dispelled as she found her length and range quicker than Gilis, who struggled to make headway in the match following her seven-minute encounter yesterday against Millie Tomlinson – who was forced to retire due to injury.

Serme will face English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry in the quarter finals.

“I think we were both a bit up and down,” said Serme following her win.

“There were some good rallies and some not so accurate shots from both of us. I was trying to get my length, I think I was less accurate than yesterday, so the whole three games I was just thinking about finding the targets.

“There are two players [Raneem El Welily and Nour El Tayeb] that are pregnant, but there are still so many good players out there like you saw today with Nele [Gilis] against Hania [El Hammamy]. Hania is in good form and still she struggled today, of course Sherbini and Nouran [Gohar], SJ [Perry] and Amanda [Sobhy]. I’m not thinking about Raneem and Nour not being here, I’m just concentrating on my tournament and match after match.”

Gilis commented: “I struggled to get into the rhythm. I hadn't had a squash match for three days and yesterday was like six minutes on court – I was dreading that struggle.

“I think Camille was a bit nervous in the beginning, she made a few errors, but after that, she knew what she had to do. If I was playing myself today, I would have known what to do, it was pretty obvious.

“All credit to Camille, I really love her, she is an amazing player, and a fantastic person, on and off court. I have so much respect for her, for what she is achieving.”

[3] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [16] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (30m)

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