Serme, who was also the first Frenchwoman ever to win the historic British Open back in 2014, wrote her name into the squash history books once again at the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open.
Serme bowed out of her last tournament, September’s Al Ahram Open, with a whimper in the first round as she struggled for form but has turned her season around, producing a series of spellbinding performances to defeat World No. 2 Laura Massaro, World No. 6 Amanda Sobhy and World Champion El Sherbini to secure the win – in what was only her third ever PSA World Series tournament final.
After sharing the opening two games it was Serme who came through a crucial third game, coming from 0-4 down to take it in a tense tie-break courtesy of some sublime dropshot winners, and she continued to play with pinpoint precision and accuracy to come through in four games and seal an unexpected triumph.
“I cannot believe it,” said Serme. “Two weeks ago I lost in the first round of the Al Ahram Open and was so far away from this. If someone had told me then I’d win the US Open I’d have laughed – so to now be the champion is crazy. I’m so, so happy!
“Yesterday was a tough match but today was a completely different test. She’s not No.1 for nothing, it’s crazy because I felt like I was behind all the time. I just kept pushing and telling myself that I can do it.
“I had to trust in myself and be attacking. I knew I had the right tactics so i just had to keep believing. It’s one of the biggest victories of my career without a doubt.”