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Squash - 06. March 2010.

Serme In Semi After Chopping Grinham In Chennai

RESULTS:         Chennai Open Squash Championships, Chennai, India


Women's quarter-finals:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [8] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-9, 11-4, 12-10 (28m)

[7] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 (69m)

[6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-3 (40m)

[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 (43m)


Rising French star Camille Serme is celebrating her first appearance in the semi-finals of a WISPA World Tour Gold event after upsetting third seed Rachael Grinham, the former world number one from Australia, in today's (Friday) quarter-finals of the $53,500 Chennai Open Squash Championships at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, India.


The 20-year-old from Creteil recovered from a game down to beat Grinham, the world No4, 4-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-3 in 40 minutes – thereby notching up her biggest scalp on the Tour.


Serme, now the French number one who boasts a career-high world ranking of 11, next meets England's Jenny Duncalf for a place in the final.


Duncalf, the world No3 from Harrogate, took 43 minutes to resist a spirited attack from England team-mate Laura Massaro, ultimately beating the fifth seed 12-10, 11-9, 11-9.


The other women's semi-final will see event favourite Nicol David line up against Kasey Brown, the No7 seed from Australia. 


Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who is making her 2010 Tour debut in Chennai, trailed 2-6 in the third game against Mexican opponent Samantha Teran, but raised her game to beat the eighth seed 11-9, 11-4, 12-10.


The match between Brown and unseeded New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes turned out to be a closely-contested encounter until the fourth game when the Aussie, ranked seven places higher than the Kiwi, managed to improve from a 4-1 situation to win the match 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 after 69 minutes.


Women's semi-final line-up:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [7] Kasey Brown (AUS)

[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [6] Camille Serme (FRA)



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