French No.2 seed Camille Serme put in an immaculate performance to defeat the only American player left in the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships draw, Amanda Sobhy, to book her place in the semi-finals of the PSA Platinum tournament taking place at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.
The match was a repeat of last month’s Open de France final, which Serme won 3-1 to claim a sixth successive win over the Boston-based World No.8, and the Frenchwoman was methodical and deadly accurate as she dismantled Sobhy to win by an 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 in just 24 minutes.
Sobhy has been carrying an adductor injury throughout the event, and despite a spirited showing, the 26-year-old was unable to get really stuck into her opponent and made a succession of errors as Serme dominated proceedings to set up a semi-final fixture with World No.5 Nouran Gohar.
“I know Amanda has been struggling a little bit with her leg, it’s not easy to know that and play your best,” said 2017 U.S. Open Champion Serme.
“It was a great battle in France, she played really well. She’s very strong physically and I always try and play on that with Amanda to make the rallies really long and make it as long as I can. Even if she is going to win the point, I try to make it hard for her.
“I haven’t played Nouran since June at the World Tour Finals, so I’m really looking forward to this match. It will be a tough match and I’m very happy to be back in the semis of this tournament.”
Serme and Gohar will contest a repeat of the British Open final – which went the way of Gohar – although Serme did gain a measure of revenge in their most recent meeting, which came in the last four of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals.
Gohar will appear in her first U.S. Open semi-final after she defeated last year’s semi-finalist Tesni Evans in straight games. The Cairo-born 22-year-old was firing on all cylinders as she established her renowned hard-hitting style of play on the match right from the off, and Evans had no response as the Egyptian won 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 in 34 minutes.
“They say third time lucky, but for me it’s four,” said Gohar following her win.
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