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El Gouna & Women's Day Six - AS IT HAPPENS

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

World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad will look to get past German No.1 Simon Rösner in the Men's tournament, with Fares Dessouky and Diego Elias – two of the most up and coming players on the PSA World Tour – will contest the other quarter-final.

British Open winner Laura Massaro will look to inflict a fifth straight defeat on 2014 runner-up Raneem El Welily, while World No.3 Camille Serme clashes with Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa.

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Here's the Order of Play for SQUASHTV & Eurosport Player
(All times are local EET)
18:30 [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [5] Laura Massaro (ENG)
19:15 Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER)
20:00 [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [2] Camille Serme (FRA)
20:45 [8] Simon Rösner (GER) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

El Welily Ends Losing Streak to Massaro to Reach Semis

Raneem El Welily

Enigmatic Egyptian Raneem El Welily came back from a game down to end a four-match winless run against World No.2 Laura Massaro and move into the semi-finals of the PSA Women’s World Championship for the fifth time in her career.

The shot-making sensation, who ended the legendary Nicol David’s nine-year run as World No.1 to top the World Rankings for four months in 2015, will take on either France’s Camille Serme or Joshna Chinappa for a place in a second World Championship final after she came through 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 to seal the win – less than a month after she lost out to Massaro in the last eight of the British Open.

Both players traded points for the majority of the match, with Massaro, making her first appearance on the glass court at this tournament, pressing ahead from 8-8 in the first to go a game ahead, before El Welily put in some well-constructed rallies to level the scores.

Massaro, a runner-up at this tournament 12 months ago, looked to have put herself back into the ascendancy after going 9-6 up in the third, but her length deserted her in the crucial moments, with El Welily coming back to take the game, before the World No.4 converted the first of four match balls in the fourth to wrap up a big win for the 28-year-old Alexandrian.

The Egyptian crowd are guaranteed to have at least one Egyptian woman to cheer on in the final – with Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar set to face each other in the other semi-final – and El Welily is hoping to make it an all-Egyptian affair.

“I had absolutely nothing to lose today, I was keen on playing and keeping the rallies going,” said El Welily.

“This has made a huge difference for me mentally today. She's obviously a very strong player mentally and it's hard to break her. To beat her today is absolutely fantastic.

“I wasn't doing the wrong things in the first game, I was doing the right things but I was a bit passive. I tried to find my rhythm and tried to get in front of her as much as possible and I think that worked. I'm happy to be in the semi-finals and I'm sure that the next match is going to be really hard.

“Joshna and Camille are very talented players, very strong and they've come so far, so it's going to be a hard match. I just hope that I can make it two Egyptians in the final.”

El Welily squandered four championship balls against Nicol David in the 2014 World Championship final and will hope to make up for that defeat should she reach the final in El Gouna.

[3] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [5] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (46m)

Rain Can’t Stop Dessouky as He Prevails in Highly-Charged Clash with Elias

Fares Dessouky (left) v Diego Elias (right)

Egyptian World No.9 Fares Dessouky come out on tip in an acrimonious affair with Peruvian Diego Elias to move through to the semi-finals of the El Gouna International for a second year in succession – despite the match having to be moved to a different venue mid-way through due to rain.

Dessouky and Elias are two of the brightest young talents on the PSA World Tour and both showed their extensive skills throughout a high-octane match, with both players taking a game apiece.

The skies then opened, with the tournament maintenance team rushing to cover the court, and the decision was made to relocate the matches to the new squash complex, housing four traditional courts, which stages the qualifying matches and some early main draw fixtures.

Elias, who had played all of his matches at this tournament on the traditional courts up to this point, recovered from 5-2 down in the third once play had resumed and held four game balls, before a monumental effort from Dessouky saw the 22-year-old battle back to take it 12-10 on the tie-break.

The drama then escalated as a blood injury to Dessouky due to a cut on his finger resulted in yet another delay, but he was soon back on court as the pair’s intense face off continued.

And it was Dessouky, in a series of all-action rallies and heated discussions from both players between themselves and the referees, who held his nerve to triumph in the fourth, again taking it on the tie-break to wrap up an 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10 victory.

The drama didn’t end there though, with both players having a heated discussion before walking off court – perhaps signalling the start of a blockbuster future rivalry on the PSA World Tour, with both players set to move up the World Rankings.

Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Diego Elias (PER) 3-1: 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 12-10 (127m)

Just like Wimbledon, the covers are on! Except we're in Egypt!

Serme Outlasts Chinappa to Earn Semis Spot

French World No.3 Camille Serme will compete in only her second ever Orascom Development PSA Women’s World Championship semi-final after she prevailed in a titanic five-game encounter with Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa on a day of drama in El Gouna, Egypt.

The match was due to take place outside at the New Marina, but a surprise bout of rain rendered the conditions unplayable, so the fixture was moved to the new complex, which houses four traditional squash courts and staged the qualifying matches and some of the early fixtures in the tournament.

Serme was up and down throughout the gruelling 70-minute clash, hitting either winners or finding the tin and squandered a game ball in the second to allow Chinappa back into the encounter.

Chinappa had played both her first and second round matches on the traditional courts – with Serme’s taking place on the glass – and Chinappa’s experience on the traditional courts showed as she took Serme all the way to five games, eventually losing 11-3 in the fifth to send Serme into the last four.

“To be honest, I think it [her experience on the traditional courts] was an advantage because she has played two matches on there,” said Serme.

“She knew how to play on it and I felt a bit nervous coming back here because I haven’t practised on these courts for a few days. I think it was an advantage for her, they were tough conditions, we had to change courts last minute and the crowd was so loud.

“I know it’s the same for both players, but it was a tough match.”

[2] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-2: 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 (70m)

Gawad Defeats Rösner in Three

World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad advanced to the last four of the El Gouna International after he beat German No.1 Simon Rösner on the traditional courts due to the rainfall that saw three of the day’s four matches moved from the New Marina to the new squash complex in El Gouna.

The pair were meeting for the third time on the PSA World Tour – with Gawad winning both of their previous encounters – and they matched each other point for point in the opening two games, with World No.2 Gawad’s big-game experience and the roar of his home crowd seeing him prevail in the crucial points.

The 25-year-old ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ dropped the third game to a tenacious Rösner, but went back up the gears in the fourth to close out an 13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-2 victory which sees him take one step closer to the World No.1 spot – which he will take off Gregory Gaultier if he reaches the final.

“When I heard that we were transferred, I was a bit frustrated,” admitted Gawad.

“I hadn’t seen the complex at all, I had no idea what the court felt like, and I was really worried as Simon had played two matches there, when I hadn’t even seen the place.
On the bus coming here, I told myself that all conditions were part of the game, that when you want to be a top player, you have to adapt to what the game throws at you.  And I told myself, forget about the conditions, just get on with it.

“The fact it was a small venue had some advantages, there was a lot of support for me I felt, and they really helped at the times I really needed support. So being here had positives and negatives, I just had to deal with the negatives to overcome them and finally win against a tough opponent.

“Simon is one of the best players on the Tour for sure. I have seen him play so many matches, and I admire the way he plays, sharp winners, fast and fair, so I was expecting such a match, and at no time was I surprised.

“When you think of the not so good situation my country is in at the moment, the fact that two World Championships were organised in the space of six months, and overall, five majors tournaments were done in Egypt, I can only thank the promoters and the sponsors for the amazing work done.”

[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [8] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-2 (52m)

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