France’s world No. 5 Camille Serme won her tenth PSA Tour title and first $50,000 Tub O’Towels Cleveland Classic title, defeating England’s world No. 9 Alison Waters Tuesday night at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio.
Top-seeded Serme was competing in her fifth Cleveland Classic—and until this year—had never progressed past the quarterfinals.
The 2015 Allam British Open champion went the distance this year dropping just two games throughout the tournament.
The twenty-six-year-old from Creteil fell behind in the final, as Waters claimed the first game 11-7. Serme responded to win the match in four, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5.
“I felt flat and tired from yesterday,” said Serme, who had defeated Sarah-Jane Perry in a three-game semifinal Monday.
“I didn’t feel like I could do it today,” Serme continued. “Alison is very strong so I had to stay with my strategy and stick it on her backhand. I try to never give up and to stay positive.”
Serme already has plans to defend her title in Cleveland next year.
“So happy with this victory,” Serme wrote on her facebook page.
“It was a great match against Alison in the final: hard battle but good atmosphere. It was very tactical and I’m glad I managed to stay in this battle to win at the end.
“Thank you so much to everyone for the support! My coach, my family and some friends stayed up late to watch if from France so thank you. Thank you to all my sponsors. Thank you to the great Lennon’s family for everything they’ve done this week to make me feel like home! See you next year Cleveland.”
Serme returns stateside at the end of February for the World Series Guggenheim Windy City Open in Chicago, where she is seeded fourth.