France’s Camille Serme begins her U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management title defense this weekend at Drexel University.
Last year, the world No. 3 sparked the most successful season of her career by winning what was just her second career World Series title.
Her 2016 U.S. Open title run came after two first round exits in her first two tournaments of the 2016-2017 season. Leading into the 2017 U.S. Open, the twenty-eight year old enjoyed a more successful start to the season by reaching the China Open semifinals last month.
“It was important for me to start in a better way than last year, and it’s already the case,” Serme said. “It’s positive and I want to keep that feeling for the U.S. Open. I will be with my coach and a physio as well, I feel even more comfortable when I have my staff with me.”
Last year, the current world No. 3 became the first Frenchwoman to win a U.S. Open title.
“It was a huge honor,” Serme said. “I can’t believe it’s been a year already—time flies! I’m looking forward to being back in Philadelphia and playing again on the beautiful court.”
Following the 2016 U.S. Open win, Serme would go on to claim the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and Cleveland Classic titles.
“It gave me a big boost, I felt more confident after the tournament last year,” Serme said. “Especially because I beat really good players such as Laura Massaro, Amanda Sobhy and Nour El Sherbini—it showed me that I could beat those girls.”
Serme will open her 2017 U.S. Open campaign this Sunday, October 8, on the glass court at 1:45pm against Team USA’s Haley Mendez. As the tournament’s three seed, Serme has a potential second round match against Joelle King, quarterfinal against Alison Waters and semifinal against two seed Raneem El Welily.
“The women’s tour hasn’t been as strong and exciting as it is now,” Serme said. “I like the fact that every girl has a different type of game. You have to adjust your tactic for each player, which makes it more interesting. You know everyone can beat everyone and it’s more fun for the spectators.”
Only one woman, Nicol David, has ever successfully defended a U.S. Open title.
“It would mean a lot to win it for the second year in a row,” Serme said. “But I prefer to focus on each match and on what I have to do on court first because that’s when I play my best.”