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Nicol David will take on France's Camille Serme in the final of the Carol Weymuller Open on Sunday.
PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Nicol David dished out a flawless performance to outplay Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily to reach the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in Brookyln, New York, on Saturday.
The seven-time world champion, who is seeking her second straight Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour title after the Malaysian Open success last month, was untouchable as she notched an 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 win over world No. 3 El Weleily.
But it was world No. 10 Camille Serme who stole the show with yet another stunning display as she beat world No. 2 Laura Massaro in the other semi-final to complete a hat-trick of wins over English players. The 24-year-old Frenchwoman, who was victorious over world No. 4 Alison Waters and world No. 6 Jenny Duncalf in the earlier rounds, strolled to a 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 win over Massaro.
And the Creteil-born Serme was simply delighted with her achievements.
“I feel great personally and I just wonder how is that even possible. I just want to thank my physical coach who gave me a really hard programme over the summer,” said a delighted Serme who spent the summer training in Monte Carlo.
In the earlier match, the highly-anticipated rematch between Nicol and El Weleily turned out to be a one-sided contest in the Penangite’s favour.
El Weleily started brilliantly with some great drops but Nicol eventually got in the match and controlled the proceedings from the T to take the first set.
She continued to play without errors and eventually took the second before scoring five straight points in the third from 6-4 onwards to seal her fifth WSA Tour final of the year.
“To beat Raneem 3-0 is really a huge deal,” admitted Nicol, the 2005 champion who will now appear in her 87th career WSA final.
“Everything just came together at the right time and I want to bring that through to the final against Camille.”
El Weleily pointed out that she was not as sharp as she wanted to and that cost her the match.
“Nicol played really well and I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be. It’s been a great tournament but I should have done better,” said the Cairo-born star.
Nicol will be boosted by the fact that she has a great record against Serme, winning all their previous nine meetings. She has already beaten the French star three times this year – at the World Series Finals in London, the World Games in Colombia and the Malaysian Open semi-finals last month.
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