2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier’s hopes of retaining the most prestigious title in squash have come to a premature end after the 33-year-old Frenchman was forced to withdraw from his semi-final encounter with Ramy Ashour – scheduled to take place tonight – due to injury.
Gaultier booked his last four berth after a physically testing quarter-final victory over 2015 semi-finalist Tarek Momen yesterday but suffered an ankle injury as he pushed to secure the win in the fourth game, and has been unable to recover in time to take to court this evening.
As a result three-time winner Ramy Ashour progresses to the title-decider where he will await the winner of the all-Egyptian clash between World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad.
Draw – 2016 PSA Men’s World Championship Semi-finals
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) – walkover