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Waters gains revenge on Amanda Sobhy for ToC defeat
By JERMAINE XABA. Pictures by ANDREA DAWSON

The top two seeds, Camille Serme and Alison Waters, will meet in the final of the 2016 Cleveland Classic in the USA.

Serme was relieved to get past the talented Perry, who pushed her all the way in three closely contested games.

Perry’s England team-mate, Alison Waters, overcame America’s number one Amanda Sobhy 12-10 in the fifth game after a brutal battle. The victory gave Waters revenge for a defeat in the recent Tournament of Champions in New York.

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CAMILLE SERME (FRA) vs SARAH-JANE PERRY (ENG)

1. Camille Serme won 3-0 (11-7; 12-10; 11-5)

Camille Serme: “I try to focus on every ball in every point. Sarah is such a nightmare to play because she is so talented and hits the ball well. It was a good, tough battle.”

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2. ALISON WATERS (ENG) vs AMANDA SOBHY

Alison Waters won 3-2 (5-11; 11-9; 9-11; 11-3; 12-10).

Alison Waters: “I had to get deeper length, that was the key. I lost my discipline at times and was punished for that because Amanda can hit nicks from anywhere, as you saw.”

$50,000 Women’s Tub O’ Towels Cleveland Classic 2016, Cleveland Racquet Club, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Semi-finals:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) beat [5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-7, 12-10, 11-5.
[2] Alison Waters (ENG) beat [4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 5-11; 11-9; 9-11; 11-3; 12-10.

Quarter-finals:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 11-2
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [3] Annie Au (HKG) 8-11, 12-10, 3-11, 11-3, 11-7
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
[2] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 12-10, 11-3, 12-10

1st round:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-8, 11-2, 11-4
[6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [Q] Georgina Stoker (ENG) 3-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9
[5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Tesni Evans (WAL) 8-11, 12-10, 3-11, 11-3, 11-7
[3] Annie Au (HKG) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
[4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Victoria Lust (ENG) 9-11, 11-4, 11-13, 12-10, 11-4
Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [7] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-2, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [8] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6
[2] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-3, 11-7, 11-6

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Pictures by  ANDREA DAWSON and  MICHAEL WEIL

 

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