First Time Double Wins
March 19, 2008, By Howard Harding, SquashTalk.com , Independent
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Junior U19 Squash Championships, Stavanger, Norway
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt  Nicolas Mueller
9-4, 10-8, 10-8
Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Victoria Lust (ENG) 9-1,
7-9, 6-9, 9-6, 9-1
Celebrates Historic European Treble & Double
French teenager Camille Serme made
her mark in squash history twice on the final day of the European
Junior U19 Championships in the Norwegian city of Stavanger –
firstly by beating English opponent Victoria Lust in
the women’s final to become the first player in the event’s 19-year
history to win the title three times, then seeing compatriot Gregoire
Marche upset Swiss favourite Nicolas Mueller in
the men’s final to mark the first French double in the flagship European
Squash Federation championships.
But after cruising to the final without dropping
a game, top seed Serme had a tough fight on her hands against Lust,
the second seed from Maulden in Bedfordshire eager to make amends
for her straight games defeat in the 2007 final.
forged a two-games-to-one lead, and moved 6/3 up in the fourth. But
the experienced 18-year-old from Creteil, winner of the title in
2006 and 2007, courageously fought back to take the match into
a decider before romping to victory in the fifth game to win 9-1,
7-9, 6-9, 9-6, 9-1.
“I’m ever so
happy to have won that title for a third time,” Serme said afterwards
in an interview. “And
that one was the hardest, and the most beautiful of all. This is
the one that will stay engraved in my mind!”
In addition to the trophy, Serme also received
a special traditional ‘Viking’ horn from the Norwegian
Federation, presented to her by ESF delegate Martin
“The atmosphere during the match was extraordinary,” added
Serme. “I want to thank all the people that have supported
me, from close or from afar – and especially my team-mates!”
Nicolas Mueller was also hoping to retain the
men’s title he first won twelve months ago in Belgium. But
the top seed from Zurich,
who had been taken to five games in the quarter-finals and four
in the semis – in both cases by Englishmen – was fully tested by
Frenchman Gregoire Marche,
the second seed, in the final.
Mueller took the opening game before Marche,
began to take the upper hand – ultimately clinching a 4-9, 9-4,
10-8, 10-8 upset to secure the men’s title against the odds.
“I’m living a magical moment as I’ve
been dreaming about this moment since the age of five,” exclaimed Marche. “And
today, it’s a reality!!!”
After a rest day, the players have to focus on
the European Junior U19 Team Championships, in
which France have
been named as top seeds.
“Now, we have another battle on our hands,” added
the record three times European Junior champion Camille Serme. “And
we are going to fight it for the colours of our country, France!”
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Historical information PSA Men's Pro Event:
|1996||Jansher Khan||Ahmed Barada|
|1997||Peter Nicol||Jansher Khan|
|1998||Ahmed Barada||Martin Heath||15/5,15/17,15/13,13/15,15/13|
|1999||Peter Nicol||Ahmed Barada||15-9, 15-13, 15-11|
|2000||Peter Nicol||Ahmed Barada||15/14, 9/15, 15/3, 15/12|
Historical information PSA Women's Pro Event:
|1997||Sarah Fitz-Gerald||Michelle Martin|
|1998||Michelle Martin||Cassie Jackman|
|1999||Michelle Martin||Carol Owens||9-6, 9-0, 10-9|
|2000||Leilani Joyce||Carol Owens||8/10, 9/7, 9/5, 3/9, 9/5|
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