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El Gouna & Women's Worlds - DAY Five AS IT HAPPENS

Follow us here for reports and reaction from day five of the Men's El Gouna International Squash Open and the Orascom Development PSA Women's World Championship.

Defending champion Nour El Sherbini meets British Open runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in the semi-finals of the Women's World Championship, while eight-time winner Nicol David plays defending World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar.

In the Men's El Gouna International, Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on younger brother Marwan, with the duo meeting for the first time since Marwan's emotional victory over Mohamed in February's Windy City Open – his first win over his oldest sibling.

Meanwhile, the 'French General' Gregory Gaultier will look to extend his unbeaten run to 17 matches when he takes on Paul 'Superman' Coll.

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Here's the Order of Play for SQUASHTV & Eurosport Player
(All times are local EET)
18:30 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
19:15 [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
20:00 [6] Nicol David (MAS) v [4] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
20:45 Paul Coll (NZL) v [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Defending Champ El Sherbini Claims Semi-Final Berth

Nour El Sherbini (right) v Sarah-Jane Perry (left)

Reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini is still on course to retain her Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship title after she came through in straight games against the in-form Sarah-Jane Perry.

The pair had met three ties on the PSA World Tour, with El Sherbini winning all three, but Perry was in a rich vein of form coming into the fixture after reaching the final of the prestigious Allam British Open last month.

However, the 26-year-old from Birmingham was powerless to prevent El Sherbini from reaching a third World Championship semi-final, with the Egyptian’s attacking brand of squash in full flow as she took the opening two games by 11-6, 11-3 margins.


A tenacious showing from Perry in the third saw the World No.8 fight back to hold a game ball but, after a couple of stoppages for lets, El Sherbini found her range again to halt Perry’s momentum, claiming an 11-6, 11-3, 12-10 victory to set up a meeting with either Malaysian legend Nicol David or 19-year-old World No.5 in Nouran Gohar.

“I get a lot of support when I play here, I get a lot of people coming and it makes me push to win because I want to win in front of them.

“I'm happy that I'm through 3-0, it was nearly longer than that, but I'm happy to finish it in the third game.

“I think that the court conditions changed from the other days and it was hotter and bouncier.

“I just tried to change my plan and she was playing well at the end, but thankfully it worked and I managed to win the match.”

El Sherbini has beaten David in their last seven encounters, while she has also got the better of Gohar in two of their three matches – and El Sherbini is anticipating an enjoyable match fixture against whoever she plays.

“I love playing against Nicol,” said the 21-year-old.

“I always say that she gets the best squash out of me and I never feel the pressure.

“She always has the pressure, not me, so I love playing against her.

“Nouran is one of the best players in the world. She's doing well and whoever I play will give me a tough match. I'm looking forward to it.”

Result
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 12-10 (41m)

Marwan Claims Second Successive Win Over Brother Mohamed to Send Defending Champ Out

Marwan ElShorbagy (left) v Mohamed (right)

World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy came out on top against defending champion and older brother Mohamed for the second match in a row to reach the last four of the El Gouna International Squash Open.

Marwan claimed his first ever win over his older sibling – the former World No.1 – during February’s Windy City Open, resulting in an outpouring of emotion from both brothers.

And lightning struck twice in El Gouna as Marwan outfought and outplayed his brother – who looked well of the pace – with an impeccable display seeing the 23-year-old Egyptian prevail in just 24 minutes by an 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 scoreline.


“Maybe today it was a little bit different than the first time I beat him, the first time I beat him was the hardest time for me,” said Marwan.

“I was thinking about it too much when I was leading in the fourth and fifth games in Chicago. Today it was a bit different because I didn’t want to let the emotions go to my head. Of course the emotions were still there, but maybe I was dealing with it better.

I was focused from the first point to the last one. This is probably the best match I’ve played all season. Today couldn’t have gone any better for me, but I think it was a bad day at the office for him.

“It’s a big win for me, but I can’t celebrate it. It’s been a tough season for him, he’ll come back stronger though I’m sure. He just needs a good break.”

“I think I surprised him a little bit in the first game with the way I was hitting my lengths, they were so accurate and so deep. My short game couldn’t have gone any better either. I played with so much confidence today, he allowed me to play that well.”

Result
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (24m)

Gohar Dispatches 8x World Champ David

Nouran Gohar

World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar took one step closer to becoming the first ever woman to hold both the junior and senior World Championship titles after she dispatched Malaysian superstar Nicol David – an eight-time winner of the iconic title – to reach the semi-final stage.

Gohar was unrelenting throughout the 45-minute contest as she punished any shots from 33-year-old David that fell around the middle of the court with her trademark hard-hitting drives as she powered to victory in the opening two games before amassing five match balls in the third.

David, drawing on years of experience, fought tooth and nail for every point and saved four of the match balls as the drama inside El Gouna’s New Marina reached a crescendo.

But a loose shot from David towards the end of an intense rally saw a stroke awarded against the 81-time PSA World Tour title winner, handing the match to Gohar – who was delighted to beat a player she referred to as her ‘idol’.

“It feels amazing to beat my idol, it was a very, very tough match today, mentally more than physically,” said the 19-year-old.

“At 2-0 up and five match balls up, I still couldn't believe it and then she started playing amazingly, like it was still 0-0. She came back really strongly, so I just tried to stick to my game plan and not try to think about the win.

“There were nerves for sure at that point, but the crowd supported me really strongly, so I'd like to thank them, my coaches and the support from my family. They were the reason why I won those last points.”

World No.1 and defending World Champion Nour El Sherbini awaits Gohar in the last four, with El Sherbini getting the better of her younger compatriot in last year’s British Open final and in the same stage of the World Championship 12 months ago.

“She [El Sherbini] beat me 11-9 in the British Open final last year then she beat me 3-0 in the semi-final of the Worlds last year,” Gohar continued.

“So for one year we've not hit the ball together. We don't really know each other's game plan really well because we don't play that much. I'm sure it will be a big contrast between the games and it will be really tough for the both of us.”

David said: “I didn’t quite put my game together today. Coming all this way to play the Worlds and to lose in the quarters, I was expecting to do a bit better really, but it didn’t really go the way I wanted.

“She played a very solid game, the fact she didn’t make a single error for the first two games is a testament to the quality of her squash.

“It was also my first time on the glass, she had two matches to get used to it, and it took me a little while. But fair play to her, she won the match and I didn’t.”

Result
[4] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)

Gaultier Marches on After Seeing Off Kiwi Coll

World No.1 Gregory Gaultier will take on Egyptian World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy after he came through in four games against World No.13 Paul Coll in their quarter-final clash.

Gaultier, who is targeting a fourth PSA World Tour title in a row, had an almost metronomic quality about him in the early stages as he dominated the court, with the ‘French General’ building on a 7-0 lead in the opener.

The 34-year-old – the oldest World No.1 of all time – also had it all his way at the start of the second to double his advantage until Coll began to find his range in the third, holding and dropping well to take the match to a tie-break.

The free-flowing squash was interrupted by a stream of strokes against both players at the back end of game three, but Coll pushed through to halve the deficit.

The two then went toe-to-toe again in the fourth, but Gaultier’s superior accuracy proved to be the difference as the ‘French General’ closed out an 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6 victory.

“I felt a bit flat tonight,” said Gaultier.

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“In the first two games, I made the good choices on court, I was not too flat I thought, but I should have won in three. But he plays at such a pace and I feel I fell into his pace instead of pushing and forcing mine a bit.



“When you are a bit too confident, you can fall in the trap of getting a bit too passive and not aggressive enough. I just didn’t push myself enough. I have a lot of time for Paul. He is one of the players that have improved the most. He managed to break James and other players in the top 10.”

Gaultier also took time out to praise Coll’s rise in the World Rankings, which has taken the 24-year-old from World No.37 to a place inside the world’s top 10.

“I have a lot of time for Paul,” the Frenchman said.

“He is one of the players that has improved the most. He managed to break James [Willstrop] and other players in the top 10. He is knocking at the top 10 door.

“He came twice to train with me in Prague, he is such a hard worker, he loves training and he is such a disciplined player. He is also a truly good and nice guy.

“He knows he will come back to my home, he is always ready to train and work with me. He is truly one of the future, because he is somebody that works and works. I have a lot of respect for him.

“He is young at 24, he will add a few more racquet skills with time and he’ll get experience. It’s all about a learning process, he doesn’t count the hours spent to train. I believe he is going to make it big time.”

Gaultier will take on Egyptian World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy for a place in a a fourth successive World Series final.

Result – Quarter-Final: 2017 El Gouna International Squash Open
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 1-6, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6 (72m)

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