Last time we played, she beat me in Chicago, and if I was not playing
too badly at the start of the match, I think I was playing better and
better as the match unfolded, and my shots worked better and better, as
the ball got deader.
Iím not sure why she was nervous, maybe the fact that I was very
relaxed? Last time we played, yes she won but I was playing well still,
so maybe the pressure was big on her? I could see she was not
comfortable. Maybe because normally, I donít start well, whereas this
time, I did. Also, I noticed she has shots she uses a lot and work well,
but today, she didnít play them.
That shot on match ball 11/10 for Camille, I thought about it, and took
the decision to go for it. It was all or nothing. Thank God it went it,
but Iím not doing that again, well, I donít think I will anyway!!!
Yes, thatís the trick, to read the game and move before she hits the
ball. Maybe because of my weight, I developed my brain and the reading
of the game more than other girls? And now, my movement is better, since
Iíve lost some weight. Iím working now on a nutritional program, and I
also changed my fitness routine. Iím lucky, because my body adapts very
quickly to changes, so, my body is going to get even better hopefully.
Tomorrow, quarters. Iím going to enjoy it, happy to get there, no
Abdel Kawy (Egy) 3-2  Camille Serme (Fra)
8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (62m)
What a performance from the 28 years old, that came overcame several
injuries to come back to her best level. Down to 13 (not bad though),
she used to be number 4 in the world. And today, Iím not afraid to say
thatís the level she played at.
was helped by a very nervous Camille. I know my compatriot enough to see
when she is not playing at her full potential. Was she unconsciously
trying to save energy for tomorrow quarters?
Was she just nervous playing Omneya, as she knows how lethal her game
is? Not sure. Only thing I know: Despite taking the first two games Ė
very close, 8 and 9, Camille never looked comfortable or at ease on
there. And all credit to Omneya who made pretty sure she never settled
in the match.
Camille made a lot of errors during this match, the highest, 6 in the
third. Thatís a lot. It was due to her nervousness, but also to the high
pressure that Omneya was applying throughout by retrieving soooo well. I
am truly amazed, always was, by how fast Omneya manages to be there
where the ball is.
She is such a clever lady, she reads the game so well, she starts going
onto the shot as the body of her opponent tells her where she is going
it the ball. And in the same token, she will surprise you and wrong foot
you, because she knows where you are going, and zoom, she sends the ball
away fom you. And thatís what she kept doing to Camille the whole match.
Pressure, forcing Camille to play lower and lower shots. Pressure
preventing Camille to move freely as she was always a bit on the
took the first two, but only just. Lost the 3rd badly, 6/0, 10/4, even
if she comes back at the end, 11/6. I could hear in Philippe Signoretís
voice his inquiťtude, his worry. He knew how Camille was feeling. You
could hear itÖ
The fourth is better from the Frenchgirl point of view. She forces a few
errors out of Omneya, that looks a bit tired. And itís close the whole
way, 3/3, 5/5, 6/6, 7/7.
But at the end of the game, again, Omneya moves superbly on her
opponentís shot and finds some lovely winners, 10/8, to finally level it
at 2/2, 11/9 on a stroke that looked a bit harsh (reviewed and
Fifth game is Homeric. 4/1 for Camille, surely, the Egyptian lady is now
tired and gone. She comes back 4/3. Again Cam head off with the score,
6/3, 7/4. A few nervous shots from the French, Omneya feels it and go
for it. 8/8, 9/9.
Camille gets her first match ball, saved on a return of serve, 10/10. A
backhand volley nick, and hop, another match ball for Cam, 11/10. Omneya
plays the bolder nick you ever can play at such a crucial time (ďwho
plays that kind of shotsĒ asks Vanessa, ďShabana and Ramy AshourĒ she
smiles, a SquashTV hotshot for sure. 12/12.
A stroke gets Omneya match ball. And a quick tin from Camille makes it
Omneya is in the quarters of the British Open for the third time and the
second year in a row.