[1] Camille Serme (Fra) 3-1 [3] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)  9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 (59m)

When I came two years ago, with the Elephant in the wings, it was very cold, raining and miserable, and I was told to bring coats and all.

Well, as the week advanced, the temperature rose to reach a very high one tonight I have to say. And both players, who love to attack, would have rather have a bit of colder conditions. Especially Amanda I feel, who really kills the ball as the half Egyptian she is.

Although Camille has a lot of experience of high pressure, I could feel tonight how important that was for her. Her sponsors in the crowd, her whole family (Lucas just flew back from Hong Kong FC event would you believe), her whole staff, and the whole of the crowd cheering her on. Pressure was on.

A good start, 3/0, 3/3, another good string of points, 6/3, and at 9/6, things were looking pretty nicely for the French camp. But out of the blue, the American – helped by a couple of calls that were in her benefit – turned the tables, scoring 5 points in a row. Camille didn’t do much wrong but Amanda just found some sharp winners that even Cam’s splits couldn’t save! 11/9 in 17m.

The second will be dominated by the French, 3/0, 6/3, Amanda giving it a big push to come back at 6/7, but Camille is more assertive, 11/6 in 11m.

Strangely enough, it was like Camille started to tense again in the third, 2/0 down, then nothing between them, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6, including Camille serving out I kid  you not, but the very warm conditions started to affect Amanda who made a couple of errors at a crucial time, offering 4 game balls to her opponent, 10/6.

It was now the Frenchgirl’s turn to tin nicely the ball, but a no let took the game away from the American, 11/9 in 12m (5 unforced errors from Mandy, 3 from Camille).

In the 4th, Amanda was running on fumes from the start, and I couldn’t help giggling when she was going back or to serve, or to receive the serve, as she was walking the “Bronx Walk”, you know, slow, verrrry slow, and yet, appearing cool and assured, fooling nobody really! Bless Chicken Leg…

Anyway, nobody wanted that 4th game it seemed, as Camille tinned the first three points, followed by Amanda tinning the next 4 out of 5!

At 8/4, a huge commendable push from Amanda, who will be able to rest assured she left it all on there tonight, back to 7/8, and saving 2 match balls from 10/7, only bowing to a delighted Camille/French Crowd, 11/9 in 15 verrrry long minutes for the French Camp I assure you….

Amanda (On Twitter)

Gave it my absolute all last night, but Camille was just too good in the end. What a battle though & I loved every second on court in front of this crowd (even though I am utterly exhausted now). What a great week! 💪🏽💪🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

Thank you @psasquashnantes for putting on a top notch event👏🏽 You’ve made this week so enjoyable for me as a player to entertain & bring out my best squash🤩 You’ve set the bar so high & have officially become my new favorite tournament!! See you all next year 💁🏻‍♀️🙌🏽 #DoneAndDusted

Camille 

I am very happy. It has been a while since I won a title and winning  here in front of my family, it is a big thing for me.

Even when she won the first, I thought that I made her work physically. We played each other two weeks ago in Bellevue, and I came back from 2-0 down and match ball down so I knew that if I made her work physically then I would have a chance.

I had to keep the rallies as long as possible. The crowd helped, especially in the last few rallies when I was feeling a bit tired. It give  you that extra boost, because you want to win for them as well.

I think the condition were tough for both of us, I could hear her breathing louder than usually. It was warmer  for both of us, and you have to deal with it. It is not easy because you sweat a lot and it makes the racquet slippery, which affects your shots, but it does affect both of you.

I know it is not a Platinum event, but it is still a big tournament. There were some unbelievable players this week. Playing at home in front of my staff, my family, although my husband is missing but watching at home, it is a big thing for me!