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European Champions Take Pioneer Junior Open Titles

10 Jul 2007

France's Camille Serme and Switzerland's Nicolas Mueller, holders of the European Junior U19 Championship titles, confirmed their status as the leading two junior squash players on the continent by winning the U19 titles in the prestigious Pioneer Junior Open in Cologne, Germany.

Top seed Mueller - the 17-year-old from Hirzel, near Zurich, who became the first Swiss winner of the European title in April - was fully tested by Gregoire Marche in the men's final before beating the sixth-seeded Frenchman 9-2, 8-10, 3-9, 9-6, 9-1.

Serme, runner-up in the event two years ago, reached the women's final without dropping a game. Her opponent Wee Wern Low came through the draw as the No11 seed, but the defending champion from Malaysia despatched third seed Victoria Bell, then second seed Victoria Lust - both from England - in the previous two rounds to earn a place in her second successive final.

Serme, 18, from Creteil, was too strong for Low, however, beating the 16-year-old from Penang 9-7, 9-0, 9-2 to earn her 12th European Squash Federation Junior Circuit U19 title since November 2004.

Men's U19 Final:
[1] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [6] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 9-2, 8-10, 3-9, 9-6, 9-1

Women's U19 Final:
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [11] Wee Wern Low (MAS) 9-7, 9-0, 9-2