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Cleveland Classic 2017


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Cleveland Classic 2017
15 - 20 Feb
Ohio, USA, $50k
Round One
[1] Camille Serme (FRA)
11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (20m)
[Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Camille Serme
11-4, 16-14, 11-6
Tesni Evans
Camille Serme
13-11, 11-9, 12-10
Sarah-Jane Perry
Camille Serme
10-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7
Alison Waters
[Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5 (61m)
Tesni Evans (WAL)
[7] Victoria Lust (ENG)
11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (23m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Victoria Lust
11-4, 11-8, 11-6
Sarah-Jane Perry
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
11-8, 11-5, 11-7 (24m)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (26m)
[Q] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
Joshna Chinappa
11-8, 11-5, 11-5
Emily Whitlock
Emily Whitlock
11-6, 11-8, 11-6
Alison Waters
Line Hansen (DEN)
11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-2 (39m
Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-8, 11-6, 11-3 (28m)
[Q] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb
13-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5
Alison Waters
Olivia Blatchford (USA)
11-6, 11-9, 11-2 (29m)
[2] Alison Waters (ENG)

Qualifying finals:
Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Tamika Saxby (AUS) 11-8, 11-8, 11-8
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Mayar Hany (EGY) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-4

Serme Sees Off Waters in Five to Clinch Cleveland Classic Title

French World No.2 Camille Serme continued her unbeaten start to 2017 after she mounted a superb comeback from two games down to retain her Cleveland Classic title at the expense of England’s former World No.3 Alison Waters in Pepper Pike.

Serme, the 27-year-old from Créteil, has been in scintillating form over the past few months, with victories at the Delaware Investments U.S. Open and J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions cementing her status as the form player on the Women’s Tour.

Serme surged through to the final without dropping a solitary game, with Egyptian qualifier Nadine Shahin, number eight seed Tesni Evans and World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry all falling by the wayside as the rampant Frenchwoman went on to set up a repeat of the 2016 final with Waters, who was the only player to have beaten Serme in the latter’s 16 previous matches coming into the final.

Waters looked to be set to get the better of her opponent once more after going two games ahead courtesy of some disciplined length hitting, putting the current World No.10 on the cusp of a first PSA World Tour title since the 2014 Carol Weymuller Open.

But Serme responded in the third by attacking at the front of the court on the backhand side and, after winning it by an 11-7 margin, she ground out a victory in the fourth to level the scores and set up a dramatic fifth-game showdown.

With the match edging towards its conclusion, both players played an attritional brand of squash with neither competitor giving many loose shots away as they sought to gain the upper hand. But it was Serme who changed up her game intelligently, incorporating the lob to great effect as she closed out a 10-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 victory to lift her third PSA World Tour title in her last four tournaments.

Serme and Waters will be in action at the upcoming Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, which will be shown live on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player between February 23 - March 1.
Cleveland Classic Update: Serme And Waters Set Up Final Clash

The 2017 Cleveland Classic, PSA W50 tournament will see top seeds Camille Serme and Alison Waters line-up in a repeat of the 2016 final after both players powered through the field to set up a title decider.

Defending champion Serme, 27, has reinforced her credentials as one of the world’s leading players in recent months, with her J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and Delaware Investments U.S. Open title wins seeing her surge back into the world’s top five after a six-month hiatus.

The World No.2’s red-hot form shows no signs of abating at present as she failed to drop a game en route to the final, with a routine win over Egyptian qualifier Nadine Shahin leading on to a superb straight games victory over World No.21 Tesni Evans.

Tournament of Champions semi-finalist Sarah-Jane Perry awaited Serme in the last four, but the Frenchwoman prevailed by narrow margins in all three games to vanquish her in-form opponent

Waters, meanwhile, will look to avenge her defeat to Serme in the final of last year’s tournament, with the 32-year-old World No.10 claiming wins over home hope Olivia Blatchford, World No.13 Nour El Tayeb and England’s Emily Whitlock to reach the final.

Waters did win the last meeting between the pair, coming out on top during a five-game battle in the semi-final stage of October’s Carol Weymuller Open.
Qualifying Draws To A Close In Cleveland Classic

The curtain came down on the qualification stage of the 2017 Cleveland Classic, PSA W50 tournament as Egyptian duo Nadine Shahin and Hania El Hammamy sealed their places in the main draw.

Shahin, the World No.28 from Cairo, is appearing at her first PSA World Tour event of the year and followed up her bye in round one with a comfortable victory over Australia’s Tamika Saxby, winning 11-8, 11-8, 11-8.

Up next for Shahin is a difficult first round against defending champion Camille Serme, with the World No.2 in red-hot form after winning both the Delaware Investments U.S. Open and J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions titles in recent months.

Shahin will be joined in the main draw by compatriot El Hammamy after she cruised to a straight games win over fellow Egyptian Mayar Hany.

El Hammamy’s reward is a round one clash with another Egyptian, World No.13 Nour El Tayeb, while England’s Fiona Moverley and Canada’s Hollie Naughton are also through to the next stage of the tournament courtesy of respective wins over Rachael Chadwick and Sarah Cardwell.

Moverley – who takes the wildcard spot for next month’s prestigious Allam British Open – is pitted against Welsh World No.21 Tesni Evans, while Naughton squares off against Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa.
Massaro Withdraws From Cleveland Classic

England’s World No.5 Laura Massaro has withdrawn from the 2017 Cleveland Classic due to an elbow injury.

The former World No.1 was seeded to meet World No.2 Camille Serme in the final in what would have been a repeat of last month's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title-decider but suffered the injury en route to winning a fourth British National title at the weekend.

Compatriot and World No.10 Alison Waters has moved up to replace Massaro as the No.2 seed for the tournament with Welshwoman Tesni Evans taking the last seeded spot.

American Olivia Blatchford moves into the main draw and the World No.26 will no doubt be looking to take advantage of the home crowd and cause an upset as she takes on Waters.