The Carol Weymuller Open in October saw Camille Serme make a big statement to the rest of the top players by taking out England’s top ranked trio and reaching the final of the Gold level event. Later in October Serme won her first event of 2013 at the Monte Carlo Classic beating world number two Laura Massaro in the final for the second time in a month. This form has seen the French star reach her highest career ranking of no.5, surpassing her previous high of no.7.
We caught up with the Camille to hear her reaction to the news.
How does it feel?
It feels very good, and to be honest, I don’t quite realize it yet! I’ve been working hard for a long time, and reaching the top 5 has been one of my goal for a while now! So yes, I’m so happy to finish this year 5 in the world!
What changed recently in your game/training to see your great results lately?
I think it started after my loss against Nour El Tayeb at the British Open in may. It was so hard to lose first round of this event… After that, I tried to change my mind a little bit, think about something else than squash. And then, I started a long and tough summer training! And I think it really worked: it was hard, but it was good, and even in my head I was feeling well, good balance with everything in my life. And that’s what helps me to play well and relaxed
What are your goals for 2014?
First I’d like to stay in this top 5, and i think its a good and tough challenge cause everyone is so close for the moment. So I will try to keep working hard, without too much pressure to reach my biggest goal some day… becoming world number 1.
The rest of the top twenty remain fairly unchanged, with Duncalf and Low both moving up one place to no.7 and no.8. US no.1 Amanda Sobhy moves up two places to no.18 after winning her fourth title of 2013 at the Harrow LA Open. The top four remain the same with Nicol David making it an 89th consecutive month at the top.
Outside of the top twenty there were career highs and significant moves for a number of players: Nouran Ahmed Gohar reaches a high of no.38 after reaching the semi finals of the Monte Carlo Classic at just 16 years old. Lisa Camilleri went on a three tournament win streak in October and November and sees her ranking back up to no.43. A great achievement considering Camilleri was out of the game for 18 months before the start of 2013. Sabrina Sobhy followed in her sister’s footsteps to win her first WSA title at 16 years old, capturing the Mercedes of Scottsdale title and seeing her move to a career high of no.51. At just 14 years old Habiba Mohamed became the youngest ever winner of a WSA title in November, winning the Malaysian Circuit Grand Final. She sees her ranking leap 15 places to no.61. South Africa’s Milnay Low reached her first career WSA final in November at the Caboolture Open and she reaches her highest ranking at no.65. Antonella Falcione became Argentina’s first ever WSA champion in August and moves up to no.72.
There were also career highs for Korea’s Kim Ga-Hye (no.78), Canada’s Nikki Todd (no.86), Egypt’s Nadine Ayman Shahin (no.93), Belgium’s Nele Gilis (no.94) and South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller (no.97).
|RANK||PLAYER||COUNTRY||+/-||POINTS AVERAGE||POINTS TOTAL||PLAYED|
|3||Raneem El Welily||EGY||–||1656.25||13250.0||9|
|8||Low Wee Wern||MAS||1||904.706||7690.0||10|
|13||Omneya Abdel Kawy||EGY||–||631.875||5055.0||9|
|15||Nour El Sherbini||EGY||–||500.625||4005.0||5|