Camille Crushes Waters in Chicago upset!

World No6 Camille Serme (ri) secured her place in the semi-final of the Windy City Open after beating England’s World No4 Alison Waters (le) in straight games (pic: Marian Kraus).World No6 Camille Serme (ri) secured her place in the semi-final of the Windy City Open after beating England’s World No4 Alison Waters (le) in straight games (pic: Marian Kraus).

France’s Camille Serme (ri) claimed an unexpected place in the semis of the Women’s Windy City Open after despatching 3rd-seeded Alison Waters (le, ENG) in straight games (11-4, 14-12, 11-6) in Chicago, USA. It was the 3rd consecutive Tour victory of the World No6 over Water, the World No4.

Six-time French champion Camille Serme will meet another English opponent, top seed and World No2 Laura Massaro, who celebrated a confidence-boosting triumph after beating Annie Au 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 – thereby ending a three-match losing streak to the Hong Kong number 1.

The other semi-final will be the match predicted by the draw – between 4th seed Joelle King and 2nd seeded Egyptian Raneem El Welily. New Zealander King had to go the full distance to overcome underdog Beddoes 11-3, 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2. El Welily extended her career head-to-head record over Low Wee Wern to 9-1 when she beat the 5th seed from Malaysia 11-8, 11-5, 11-6.

Semi-final line-up (head-to-heads):
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [7] Camille Serme (FRA) – (5:4)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [4] Joelle King (NZL) – (7: 0)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Annie Au (HKG) 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 (51m)
[7] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [3] Alison Waters (ENG) 11-4, 14-12, 11-6 (45m)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-3, 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2 (74m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [5] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)

1st round:
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [Q] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11-7, 11-4, 11-2 (34m)
Annie Au (HKG) bt [8] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (31m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Joey Chan (HKG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (30m)
[7] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10 (57m)
[Q] Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt [6] Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-9, 5-11, 11-4, 11-8 (52m)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [WC] Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (24m)
[5] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 12-14, 11-6 (80m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [Q] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 12-14, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (52m)