World Tour Finals – Semi-finals: As It Happens

The CIB PSA World Tour Finals semi-finals take region these days at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo, Egypt, as we take one step toward locating out who our champions can be.  Join us here for reviews and reactions, or watch LIVE on SQUASH TV (rest of global), Eurosport Player (Europe handiest), or the PSA World Tour Facebook page (apart from Europe & Japan).

Semi-finals

Not in a position to observe? Then observe our stay scoring page. Up first is an all-Egyptian conflict among World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.5 Nour El Tayeb as they move head-to-head for an area within the very last at 19:00 nearby time (UTC+2). The two Egyptians are not any strangers to going through each other at the PSA Tour this season, with the duo developing towards every other three instances already this season. El Welily claimed the ultimate victory inside the last four stages of the DPD Open in Eindhoven en path to lifting the identity. At the same time, El Tayeb was given the better of the World No.1 in the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships in February.

El Welily has been in strong form thus far this week, winning all of her Group A suits, at the same time as El Tayeb gained of her fits, including a dominant victory over England’s Sarah-Jane Perry the day past to ebook her area within the remaining four. They are followed on the court with the aid of defending champion and World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and previous World No.1 and World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad. ElShorbagy and Gawad are also acquainted opponents on the PSA Tour, with the two Egyptians going head-to-head on 13 preceding occasions.

ElShorbagy holds the advantage with ten victories to Gawad’s three, including four victories this yr alone. Gawad’s closing win over the World No.2 got here in December’s Black Ball Squash Open when Gawad changed into in scintillating shape to boost their identity and robotically qualify for the World Tour Finals. They are accompanied on the court by the second women’s semi-very last to see Egypt’s Nouran Gohar pitted towards France’s Camille Serme. The remaining meeting among these gamers remains clean inside the reminiscence, with Gohar getting the better of the Frenchwoman in the final of closing month’s British Open.

Gohar became in bold shape in Hull to energy to victory and wrote her name within the squash history books and her 2d foremost identity. See, in the meantime, has masses of enjoy on the huge occasion and will be trying to get revenge on the young Egyptian when these pass head-to-head later this nighttime. The closing semi-final sees some other all-Egyptian warfare with Mohamed Abouelghar taking on Tarek Momen. Abouelghar claimed a big victory the day before today using defeating Gawad 2-0 within the group stages to make certain that he qualified in advance of World No.1 Ali Farag and at the top of Group A.

‘The Bullet’ has been in sturdy shape all week, claiming two victories over Gawad and New Zealand’s Paul Coll to make sure he reached the ultimate four on the World Tour Finals for the first time in his profession. Momen can also be proposing in his first semi-final at the season-finishing occasion once you have the better of Peru’s Diego Elias the day before today in a straight shootout to qualify. Abouelghar and Momen have met nine instances previously at the PSA Tour, with the latter taking all of those victories. Can Abouelghar cause extra upsets in Cairo?

Schedule (UTC+2)

Egypt’s World No.1 Raneem El Welily booked her region in the final PSA World Tour Finals after defeating compatriot and World No.5 Nour El Tayeb 2-1 in an interesting war. These players are not strangers to facing each different on the PSA Tour, with the 2 Egyptians facing every other three instances already this season, with two of those going all the manner to five in epic battles.

El Tayeb final recorded a victory over El Welily inside the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships in February, which became voted by lovers because of the Women’s PSA Match of the Season. Still, she is not able to duplicate that feat tonight. World No.1 El Welily, aiming to win her first World Tour Finals name, started strongly to open up a lead, earlier than El Tayeb started to fight back. Both players placed their first-rate squash on the show, with El Welily specifically showcasing her aptitude with outrageous photographs to take a 1-zero lead.

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