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PSA/WSA: Serme and Metwally celebrate Swiss successes

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Swiss Open champion Lucas Serme. Picture by KIM ROBERTS

Serme Celebrates Historic Swiss Success

25 March 2013

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Swiss Open, Geneva, Switzerland

1st round:
[1] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt [Q] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
Reiko Peter (SUI) bt Anthony Graham (ENG) 11-7, 4-11, 7-11, 14-12, 13-11
Alex Ingham (ENG) bt [Q] Benjamin Fischer (SUI) 11-8, 11-7, 11-8
[5] Yann Perrin (FRA) bt Shinnosuke Tsukue (JPN) 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3
[Q] Douglas Leslie Kempsell (SCO) bt [7] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 11-7, 12-10, 11-8
[Q] Tom de Mulder (BEL) bt Jonas Daehler (SUI) 11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-7
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Kevin Moran (SCO) 8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 13-11
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [3] Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 11-5, 12-10, 12-10
[4] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Martin Mosnik (SLO) 7-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9
Reuben Phillips (ENG) bt [Q] Tim Weber (GER) 11-8, 11-5, 11-8
[Q] Antoine-Camille Petrucci (FRA) bt James Earles (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-8
[8] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt Andre Haschker (GER) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
[6] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [WC] Cedric Kuchen (SUI) 11-3, 11-2, 11-6
Joan Lezaud (FRA) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
Geoffrey Demont (FRA) bt [Q] Sebastiaan Weenink (NED) 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
[2] Jens Schoor (GER) bt [Q] Hugo Varela (ESP) 11-9, 11-2, 3-11, 11-4
2nd round:
[1] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Reiko Peter (SUI) 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6
[5] Yann Perrin (FRA) bt Alex Ingham (ENG) 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8
[Q] Tom de Mulder (BEL) bt [Q] Douglas Leslie Kempsell (SCO) 12-10, 11-4, 3-11, 4-11, 11-5
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4
[4] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Reuben Phillips (ENG) 11-1, 11-8, 11-3
[8] Nathan Lake (ENG) bt [Q] Antoine-Camille Petrucci (FRA) 11-7, 11-1, 11-4
[6] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Joan Lezaud (FRA) 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10
[2] Jens Schoor (GER) bt Geoffrey Demont (FRA) 12-10, 11-9, 11-6
[1] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt [5] Yann Perrin (FRA) 8-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-2
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [Q] Tom de Mulder (BEL) 11-5, 11-6, 11-4
[4] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [8] Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-4, 11-7, 11-3
[2] Jens Schoor (GER) bt [6] Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-9, 11-3, 11-9
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt [1] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7
[4] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [2] Jens Schoor (GER) 13-11, 11-4, 11-3
[4] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Julien Balbo (FRA) 11-9, 11-7, 11-6

Lucas Serme celebrated his appearance in the first ever all-French men’s final of the Swiss Open Squash Championship by becoming the first French winner of the PSA Challenger 5 event marking its 40th anniversary at theGeneva Squash Club in Geneva.

The 21-year-old from Creteil, runner-up twelve months ago, was the event’s fourth seed – and made his breakthrough in the semi-finals when he overturned Jens Schoor, the No2 seed from Germany, in straight games.

But his opponent in the final, unseeded compatriot Julien Balbo, produced an even bigger surprise in the other semi when he ousted English favourite Jaymie Haycocks in four games.

But it was all Serme in the final. Determined to go one better than in the 2012 final, the UK-based world No98 defeated 33-year-old Balbo, a former wo

rld No42 from Challes Les Eaux, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6.

The historic triumph marks Serme’s second PSA Tour title of the year – and the third of his career.

For all the latest Tour news: www.psaworldtour.com

WSA: Egyptians Reign Over Seeds In Swiss Open

An unseeded Egyptian pair were the unlikely contesters of the WSA Tour5 Swiss Open final held at the Geneva Squash Club in Switzerland yesterday.

Mariam Ibrahim Metwally and Salma Nassar each beat three seeded players on route to the final, which 16-year-old Metwally claimed in four games.

The teenager began her Swiss Open campaign in a ruthless fashion, beating No.8 seed Julia Lecoq in straight games, with the Frenchwoman registering just nine points against her opponent.  Metwally’s form continued into the quarter-finals where she stunned top seed Siyoli Waters, ranked 65 places above the Egyptian, in another three-game encounter.  Still yet to drop a game in the competition, Metwally then dispatched third seed Laura Pomportes in the semi-final round, to reach her first ever WSA World Tour final.

Her final opponent would be world No.114 Salma Nassar, who had seen a similar run to her compatriot on route to the final.  Also yet to concede a game, Nassar defeated second seed Gaby Huber in round one, followed by wins over No.6 seed Maud Duplomb and No.4 Birgit Coufal to reach her third WSA final.

The 21-year-old Nassar fell just short in a narrow opening game to the young teenager, with Metwally taking the early advantage 11-9.  The teen the doubled her lead with a more dominant second, before Nassar hit back with a third game win to make her mark on the contest.  The older Egyptian was unable to utilise the momentum shift however, as Metwally dominated the fourth and final game of the contest to close out the victory.

This is Metwally’s first WSA World Tour title of her career, following a maiden final appearance for the world No.106.

Final:Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt Salma Nassar (EGY)            11-9, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4Semi-finals:Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt [3] Laura Pomportes (FRA)           11-4, 11-7, 11-9

Salma Nassar (EGY) bt [4] Birgit Coufal (AUT)     11-7, 11-7, 11-6



Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt [1] Siyoli Waters (RSA)       11-6, 11-3, 11-3

[3] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [5] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) 13-11, 18-16, 2-11, 11-8

[4] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt Milnay Louw (RSA)      11-13, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9

Salma Nassar (EGY) bt [6] Maud Duplomb (FRA)            11-6, 11-5, 11-4


1st round:

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt Anna Jurkun (POL)      11-8, 11-6, 11-8

Mariam Ibrahim Metwally (EGY) bt [8] Julia Lecoq (FRA)          11-1, 11-3, 11-5

[3] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [Q] Harriet Ingham (ENG)           11-7, 11-5, 11-6

[5] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt [Q] Nathalie Plain (SUI)       11-2, 11-3, 11-3

Milnay Louw (RSA) bt [7] Chloe Mesic (FRA)        12-10, 11-6, 11-3

[4] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt [Q] Selina Sinclair (ENG)         11-4, 11-9, 11-3

[6] Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt [Q] Nihal Alaa Bayoumi (EGY)       11-7, 11-4, 11-4

Salma Nassar (EGY) bt [2] Gaby Huber (SUI)       11-8, 11-7, 11-6

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