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El Gouna International 2022 Semi-Finals: The Stats & How to Watch Live

It's semi-finals day on the Red Sea as the last players standing compete for a spot in tomorrow's El Gouna International final.

Play starts at 18:30 (GMT+2) with World No.1 Nouran Gohar taking on in-form Egyptian compatriot Nour El Tayeb, followed immediately by a tantalising rematch between Paul Coll and Mohamed ElShorbagy.

Then, from 20:30, there are two all-Egyptian clashes to look forward to as Hania El Hammamy plays women's World Champion Nour El Sherbini and Mostafa Asal goes up against men's World Champion and newly-re-crowned World No.1Ali Farag.

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Order of Play

Nouran Gohar v Nour El Tayeb

The day's first match sees World No.1 and two-time runner up Nouran Gohar facing World No.14 Nour El Tayeb. A look beyond the rankings is needed, though, with former World No.3 El Tayeb rapidly climbing from World No.81 in February after an extended break from the tour after giving birth last summer.

Gohar goes into the match enjoying the stronger head-to-head record, having won eight matches to El Tayeb's five, including the last three meetings.

Gohar comes into yet another semi-final boasting a perfect record, having seen off Hollie Naughton, Aifa Azman and No.6 seed Sarah-Jane Perry without dropping a game, for a total of 95 minutes on court.

El Tayeb, meanwhile, is the only player involved tonight who didn’t receive a first-round bye, and has accumulated 133 minutes on the court as she came through Farida Mohamed, No.8 seed Rowan Elaraby, Georgina Kennedy and Tinne Gilis.

SquashLevels make the World No.1 a firm favourite, giving Gohar an 85 percent chance of success. Don't count out the tactical acumen of El Tayeb, though, who is expected to take at least one game off 'The Terminator'.

Will El Tayeb's comeback continue to gather momentum?

Paul Coll v Mohamed ElShorbagy

In perhaps the most anticipated match of the evening, Paul Coll – who yesterday lost his World No.1 ranking – faces defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy.

Just two weeks ago, a vintage ElShorbagy performance shocked the Kiwi to dump him out of the CIB PSA World Championship Cairo, while it was Coll who ElShorbagy beat to lift last year's El Gouna title.

After his quarter-final win over Fares Dessouky, ElShorbagy spoke of how he expected Coll to come back at him stronger without the pressures of being World No.1 at a World Championship. Coll will certainly be hoping to prove him right!

After making short work of Mazen Hesham in the second round, Coll came through tough encounters against Nicolas Mueller and No.6 seed Tarek Momen to reach tonight’s match with 174 minutes under his belt.

ElShorbagy, meanwhile is yet to drop a game and will come into tonight’s clash feeling fresh, with his matches against Cesar Salazar, Borja Golan and No.8 seed Dessouky all coming in at under an hour, for a total of 126 minutes of play.

Despite the events of Cairo, SquashLevels give Coll a healthy 76 percent chance of reaching the final with the Kiwi, who tops the SquashLevels Power Ratings, predicted to take a 3-1 win.

Can 'The Beast' inflict more hurt on Coll?

Hania El Hammamy v Nour El Sherbini

A Cairo-Alexandria derby pits Hania El Hammamy against Nour El Sherbini.

El Hammamy has never been beyond the semi-finals, while El Sherbini is the defending champion and recently claimed her sixth World Championship title.

El Hammamy, though, knows she can get the better of the World No.2, having beaten 'the Warrior Princess' 3-2 at this stage of the Windy City Open earlier this year.

With both players yet to drop a game so far, something will have to give tonight!

El Sherbini, in particular, has been in ruthless form in El Gouna. None of her matches so far have gone beyond 28 minutes, with the 26-year-old dispatching Mariam Metwally, Nele Gilis and Sivasangari Subramaniam in just 76 minutes.

El Hammamy, though, has been no slouch, having beaten Hana Ramadan, Rachel Arnold and No.5 seed Joelle King in 97 minutes.

A tight battle is anticipated by SquashLevels, with their analytics predicting a narrow 3-2 El Sherbini win.

Will El Sherbini's title defence continue?

Mostafa Asal v Ali Farag

Despite being recognised as one of the most gifted – and at times opinion dividing. – players on tour, Mostafa Asal has consistently run into trouble against Ali Farag, who recently reclaimed his World No.1 crown from Paul Coll.

Asal's sole win over Farag was a 2-0 win in last year's CIB PSA World Tour Finals and since then Farag has put together a run of five consecutive wins against 'the Raging Bull.'

With the last three meetings ending 3-2, expect Asal to throw everything at his Egyptian compatriot in a bid to end the losing streak.

Asal comes into tonight’s match having spent more time on court than any other player after beating Moustafa El Sirty in round two before gruelling victories over Joel Makin and No.5 seed Diego Elias for a total of 214 minutes of play.

Farag, meanwhile, has played for a total of 159 minutes, beating Adrian Waller, Raphael Kandra and No.7 seed Marwan ElShorbagy, all by three games to one.

SquashLevels say this match is the hardest to call, with 2019 champion Farag given a 62 percent probability of going through.

Unsurprisingly, Asal is predicted to push the 30-year-old all the way, with 3-2 to expected outcome.

Can Asal break Farag’s hold over him?

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