Camille – who has the same first name as my dad – it’s a name that applies to both genders – is one of the nicest souls of the tour. To this day, I never ever heard her say a nasty thing or comment on anybody. Quiet, always smiling, Camille is a credit to both Squash and France. I’m lucky to know her….
At just twenty one years old, French number one Camille Serme is the youngest player in the World’s Top ten. 2009 was her breakthrough year, going from outside the top 40 to finish the year at 13. 2010 was equally strong, reaching a career high of number seven during the year.
It could be said her year started with a slight stutter. In January she lost a nail biter in the first round of the Greenwich Open, 12-10 in the fifth to rival Raneem El Weleily. At her home event in February, the Creteil Open, she reached the final but was stunned in the final by rising Egyptian star Nour El Tayeb. This loss may have given her the kick start to step up a gear, which she duly did in March at the Chennai Open. In the quarter final she knocked out Rachel Grinham in four games before losing to world number two Jenny Duncalf in the semi final. Her first Gold level semi final.
Serme helped France reach the European Team Championships final in May on home soil. They came up just short against the Dutch in the final.
A shock loss to ever dangerous Engy Kheirallah in the Hurghada Open semi final was followed by a stunning win over Madeline Perry in the first round of the Malaysian Open in July. She succumbed to world number one Nicol David in the quarter final.
The highlight of Serme’s year came in September at the World Open in Egypt where she reached the semi final. She gained two sensational wins, in the round of sixteen over Laura Massaro and in the quarter finals over second seed Jenny Duncalf, both in five games. She couldn’t maintain the momentum in the semi final, going down to Omneya Abdel Kawy.
She finished the year with semi finals at Monte Carlo and the Punj Lloyd Masters, losing to Vanessa Atkinson and Duncalf respectively. Serme has cemented herself as one of the best players in the world and still at such a young age. She is ever improving and 2011 may see her take the next step up as she aims for the top.
2010 tour win-loss record: 19-12
Career titles: 5
Shoes supplied by: Asics
At a Glance
- Date of Birth: 4th April 1989
- Born in: France
- Lives in: France
- Began playing: 1996 (age 7)
- Ambitions: To reach the top 5
- Hobbies: Cinema, Shopping, Photography
- Handed: Right
- Coach: Philippe Signoret
- Racket supplied by: Prince
- Shoes supplied by: Asics
- Club: U.S. Créteil (Centre Marie Thérèse Eyquem)
- National Titles: 6
World Junir Open Runner up 2007, Winner Santiago 2007, European Junior Champion twice, 7 titles Junior French Champion 1999 – 2005, Winner Belgium Open 2002, 04 & 05, Winner Pioneer Open 2003 & 2004, Winner Dutch Open 2003, Senior French Champion 5 times, World Open 2010 semi-finalist, Bronze at European Individual Champs 2010 and Gold 2012, Runner up European Team Champs, 2010, Runner up Hong Kong Open 2012…