One year after the most famous victory of her career, World No.4 Camille Serme says she is relishing the prospect of defending her Allam British Open crown when the prestigious ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ gets underway on the 21st March at the Airco Arena in Hull.
Serme defeated home favourite and current World No.1 Laura Massaro 3-1 to secure the title in 2015, which has been contested since 1922, and become the first ever Frenchwoman to lift the historic trophy in a victory that saw her become headline news all across France in what she says was an amazing period of her career.
“It was my first ever PSA World Series win and for that to come at the British Open, considering how prestigious and historic the tournament is, was amazing."
“The British Open is the longest running tournament and the history makes it the most prestigious tournament there is - it’s a really special event for all the players and it is one that we all want to win and I’m really looking forward to returning there this year.”
With Massaro currently in the form of her life, five-time winner Nicol David returning to her best form and former World No.1 Raneem El Welily aiming to regain her peak form the Women’s Tour is in the most competitive and unpredictable era in history which will see Serme go into the 2016 staging of the event as an underdog to retain her title.
But the 26-year-old from Créteil is happy to play the underdog role as she says the pressure is not on her.
“The reaction to my win in France was great both for me and for squash,” she said.
“I had loads of messages on my phone, on Facebook and Twitter and there was a lot of media coverage after the tournament which was great and I had a good team around me to help me with all of that.
“Being the defending champion will be a new experience for me and I am excited about that, but I am not putting any pressure on myself. I will approach it as I will with any other tournament and take each match as it comes and hopefully it will all go well.”
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photos Janos Schmidt