French No.2 Mathieu Castagnet overcame former World No.5 Borja Golan in a lengthy battle in the quarter-final of the 2016 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York’s Grand Central Terminal – reaching the last four of a PSA World Series event for the first time in his career.
Castagnet put in a fine performance throughout the 72-minute encounter and showcased his jaw-dropping retrieval skills and electrifying speed on court as he rose to an 11-9, 13-11, 11-4 victory to set up a meeting with World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the last four.
“We’re great friends on and off court as well. I think that it showed he has matured and he has had such great results lately. The way that he has been backing up tournament after tournament shows that he is a world class player right now.
“It was such a great match and Im just happy that we were able to play such a great match in front of a great crowd. I can’t wait already to be back here and playing in front of everyone again.”
The Women’s event saw Camille Serme join compatriot Castagnet in the latter stages of the tournament after she came through a hard-fought encounter with England’s Emily Whitlock in her second round fixture.
The World No.4 took the opener in confident fashion and overturned deficits in games two and four, sandwiched either side of a defeat in the third, to claim an 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 13-11 triumph.
“I think that Emily wasn’t really in the match in the first two games,” said Serme.
“Suddenly she played better and used the height more and I got surprised. The rallies were longer and tougher and I just had to stay in the game. In the last one I’m happy I came back.”
Serme is paired up with Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in a mouthwatering quarter-final tie and it was the latter who triumphed in the duo’s most recent meeting at November’s Qatar Classic.
Results: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions – Men’s Quarter-Finals (Top Half)
1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt  Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (76m)
 Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-9, 13-11, 11-4 (72m)
Draw: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions – Men’s Quarter-Finals (Bottom Half)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v  Simon Rösner (GER)
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) v  Nick Matthew (ENG)
Results: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions – Women’s Second Round (Bottom Half)
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 13-11 (52m)
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (27m)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt  Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-9 (25m)
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (27m)
Draw: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions – Women’s Quarter-Finals
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v  Alison Waters (ENG)
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v  Laura Massaro (ENG)
 Camille Serme (FRA) v  Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v  Nicol David (MAS)
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