The quarter-finals of the Allam British Open take place at Hull's Airco Arena today as the players edge one step closer to getting their hands on the iconic trophy and you can follow the action as it unfold here.
Today's play starts with top seed and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini facing England's Alison Waters in the women's event. Before, defending champion Laura Massaro takes on Egypt's World No.3 Nour El Tayeb.
Following on, the men's matches begin as top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy – who survived a scare against Gregoire Marche in round two – takes on New Zealand's Paul Coll before it's an all-European battle between Germany Simon Rösner and defending champion France's Gregory Gaultier.
Then the evening session will begin as Wales' Tesni Evans battles against Camille Serme for a place in the semi-finals, before either Sarah-Jane Perry or World Champion Raneem El Welily take the final spot in the last four.
While, Marwan ElShorbagy v Raphael Kandra – who stunned Nick Matthew in round two yesterday to claim the biggest win of his career – and Miguel Angel Rodriguez against Ali Farag complete the day's action.
El Sherbini Battles Back Against Waters
2016 British Open champion Nour El Sherbini battled back strongly from 2-1 down against England’s Alison Waters to book her place in the semi-finals of the tournament for the third time in her career.
Waters took advantage of a bad start from El Sherbini as she claimed the opening game to ask questions of the World No.1, who struggled to put sustained pressure on Waters with the Englishwoman looking sharp on court.
The Egyptian grew in confidence, however, in the second after a shaky start to level the scores but squandered three game balls in the third as Waters was able to reclaim control of the encounter after some ferocious squash from both players.
There appeared to be a change of pace in the fourth with Waters complaining of dizziness on court and looking uncomfortable for a few points as El Sherbini was able to press on before then taking the fifth to book her place in the semi-finals.
“I don’t know what was happening in the third,” said World No.1 El Sherbini.
“She came back strongly and was playing so good but I was glad I had my coach with me and he told me to keep going.
“I’m glad I came back in the fourth and fifth and played good.
“Playing other Egyptians is the worst, I don’t like playing any Egyptian because we are all really good friends and travel together and it’s hard to play every tournament against each other and you always have to change your game and your plan to do something different.
“It’s good to have three Egyptians and hopefully we get three in the semis.”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Alison Waters (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 (58m)
Massaro on Fire to Down El Tayeb
Reigning British Open champion Laura Massaro put in an emphatic display to down World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in straight-games and continue her strong title defence.
The two players last met at the U.S. Open earlier in the season when El Tayeb stormed to victory, producing one of her most memorable performances as she played with style and flair to put Massaro to the sword. However, this time it was all about the Englishwoman as she extracted her revenge with a near perfect display at Hull’s Airco Arena.
The 34-year-old has not dropped a single game so far in the tournament and continued to show that she was not going to relinquish her title without a fight as she powered ahead in the first to take a lead.
Egypt’s El Tayeb looked like she was battling back as she emerged ahead at 7-3, however, Preston-based Massaro showcased her mental strength to push back against the Egyptian and double her advantage before taking the third to claim a highly impressive 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 win in just 31 minutes against the number three seed.
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Massaro will now face World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the semi-finals in a repeat of last season’s fixture where Massaro came from 2-0 down to reach the final.
“At 7-3 down in the second I just thought ‘why have you gone away again?’,” said former World No.1 Massaro.
“It seems to be the theme of my season to get in a position to win or at least go up and go soft and that’s all mental and so, at 7-3 down I just thought ‘why not?’ and ‘why can’t I go 2-0 for a change and have to hang on and battle in the third’ but I was so up for today.
“I’ve done nothing but think about this match since I won the other day and I’ve had my eye on it since the draw came out, without being disrespectful to my two first round opponents because you can’t take it for granted.
“I’ve seen how Nour has been playing and how she has improved. She is part of the reason that I’ve been training so hard because of how she’s been playing and changing the game and what she’s doing to it.
“But, I also didn’t like the way she showboated and played so amazing against me in the U.S. Open, it was borderline cocky, and I wanted to get my own back for that, but she is brining a whole different flair and it is what the squash game needs.
“I just said to her at the end that she has my 100% respect because what she’s doing is awesome, but I really wanted that today.
“The World Champs didn’t quite the way I would have liked and that was even closer to home for me in Manchester but the British Open win against Nicol is so memorable for me and every time I come back to Hull it brings good memories.
“Just ten days ago we were in El Gouna and no-one clapped when I won a point, so it was nice to have the support today.”
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (31m)
ElShorbagy Edges Past Coll to Reach Semis
Reigning World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy continued his journey at the British Open as he overcame a resilient Paul Coll to reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the fifth time in a row.
The two-time winner has had a tough tournament so far, forced to come from 2-0 down in both round one and two against Peru’s Diego Elias and France’s Gregoire Marche, respectively, and the challenging matches kept coming for the Egyptian as he took on ‘Superman’ Coll in the quarters.
ElShorbagy took the first before Kiwi Coll – who was competing in his first ever British Open quarter-final – gained momentum to take the match to the top seed and prevail to level the scores in the second.
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The third game proved decisive for the ‘Beast of Alexandria’ as both players pushed themselves to their limits in a high-quality game which saw the Egyptian just edge it on the tie-break, 12-10, before battling on to take the match in fourth 11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 in a bruising 72-minute encounter.
“What Paul has been doing in his career is very inspirational,” said 27-year-old ElShorbagy.
“He has come from a place where there is no-one to inspire him from his generation and he has fought his way through. The way we pushed each other, it was such a high-quality match, and I just wish him the best of luck because it is great for the Tour to have him playing so well.
“This is the tournament with the most history in the sport and I have got my name on the trophy twice already, but I would love to get my name on the trophy a few more times. I am only two steps away now from achieving the dream but if doesn’t happy this year then hopefully it happens in the future.
“I’m in the semis now and this is what I train for and what I live for. I had a shaky start to the tournament but I’m feeling fine and I feel physically fit for the tournament now and I’m just really happy to be in the semis.”
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 (72m)
Gaultier Dominant Against Rösner
France’s former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier kept his British Open title defence hopes alive after he condemned Germany’s World No.6 Simon Rösner to a straight-games defeat.
It was one-way traffic from the charismatic Frenchman as he looked back to his best after suffering throughout the season with various injuries.
The two players had met 18 times previously on Tour, with Rösner only claiming two wins against the Frenchman, including the most recent meeting at the Tournament of Champions – which the German went onto win – however, a complete performance from Gaultier which saw the three-time British Open champion in full flow secured him a semi-final spot, where he will now face the man who took his World No.1 ranking – Mohamed ElShorbagy.
“I’m not going to say I was spectacular, I just try to be myself,” said Gaultier.
“I try to do the best I can. Last time we played he beat me in New York and went onto win the tournament and I was happy for him that he went all the way and that he didn’t beat me and then lose in the final.
“Today, I wanted to turn things around and show that I can still play some good squash and I was ready for the match and maybe we both would have struggled with the long match that had been played before. The warm-up was really up and down and then I was happy to perform from the word go.
“The few matches I had in El Gouna helped me to come back because I didn’t have much preparation since I had a tough injury and these few matches helped me to get squash fit and get my marks again on court.
“I really pushed myself the last two weeks training without hurting myself and did a lot of physio work every day to get myself like that on court with my fluidity and movement and that really helped.
“We will see if I can play for longer than Nick [Matthew] did, the motivation is always there it’s just whether the body is, so fingers crossed.
“I’m really looking forward to the match. I haven’t played Mohamed recently and now that I feel like I’m in pretty good shape, I’m really looking forward to the challenge and hopefully the crowd will be supporting me.”
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Simon Rösner (GER) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)
Serme Comes Through Intense Battle with Evans
France’s World No.6 Camille Serme made her way through to the British Open semi-finals after coming through an intense 72-minute battle with Wales’ Tesni Evans.
Serme continued her 100 per cent record against Evans on the PSA World Tour, making it seven victories out of seven, after she defeated Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist Evans in an entertaining five-game encounter.
A lengthy first game set the tempo for the match with the lead exchanging hands a number of times before Serme took it by a 16-14 scoreline. Evans – who knocked out number four seed Joelle King in the previous round – fought back in the second and third, however, to unsettle Serme and produce the perfect response, capturing a 2-1 lead against the World No.6.
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Both players continued to produce some excellent squash with their contrasting styles throughout the evenly balanced affair to treat the packed-out crowd inside Hull’s Airco Arena. Creteil-born Serme managed to pull away in the end taking the fourth and fifth to win 16-14, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6.
2015 British Open winner Serme will now compete in her third tournament semi-final, where she will face either Sarah-Jane Perry or Raneem El Welily.
“She has had an amazing season,” said 29-year-old Serme.
“I’m sure she is going to make it to the top ten very soon. I watched her play against Raneem at ToC and then against El Tayeb in Chicago, she lost 3-2 but she was so close every time.
“It was a big battle today and I was enjoying it while we were both working really hard.
“It’s amazing to have all my staff and team behind me. Greg had already played but stayed to watch me and I’m very lucky.”
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-2: 16-14, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 (72m)
El Welily Fires Past Perry
Egypt’s reigning World Champion Raneem El Welily produced a dominant performance against last year’s runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry to reach the semi-finals with a 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 victory.
El Welily took a quickfire first game, which was in complete contrast to her performance against Perry’s compatriot Victoria Lust yesterday when she went 2-0 down after a slow start.
Birmingham-born Perry – who celebrated her 28th birthday earlier this week – took the second game to level the scores but was unable to prevent a clinical El Welily who was at her shot-making best to reach her fourth British Open semi-final.
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The Egyptian will now face France’s Camille Serme in the next round for a place in the final.
“SJ is a very talented player,” said El Gouna International champion El Welily.
“She is very strong, has amazing racket skill and mentally she is strong and can get to you on court. I’m pleased to get through in four, it is always tough playing against her and I wish her all the best.
“I’m really happy to still be in the tournament, I was almost out of the tournament yesterday, so I was pleased to come back today and to fight again and be playing again tomorrow.
“They are always great battles against Camille and she had an amazing match today against Tesni – what a great match that was – and I’m really looking forward to another battle.”
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 (38m)
Kandra Conquers ElShorbagy in Massive Upset
German qualifier Raphael Kandra pulled off the biggest upset at this year’s British Open as he came from 2-1 down to take out World No.3 Marwan ElShorbagy and reach the semi-finals.
Kandra – who began his tournament journey at the University of Hull in the qualifying stages – prevailed against England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew in the previous round and showed once again why he has become the surprise package of the tournament with another giant killing in the quarter-finals against El Gouna International winner ElShorbagy.
The German World No.37 took the first game before ElShorbagy battled back to take the second on a tie-break as Kandra continued to pile the pressure onto the Egyptian and refused to let him settle into the tie.
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ElShorbagy’s experience looked as though it could see him through to another World Series semi-final as he pulled away from the German at 5-5 in the third. Kandra, however, had other ideas and with the full backing of the crowd inside Hull’s Airco Arena he showcased the best squash of his career to edge past ElShorbagy 11-7, 11-13, 6-11, 13-11, 11-6 in an epic 72-minute quarter-final clash.
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“I definitely enjoyed the crowd,” said the 27-year-old after the biggest win of his career.
“It was a spectacular match, it’s hard to say but for me it probably wasn’t the best of Marwan’s squash today, but you need those days.
“I’m fighting through, whoever comes, I don’t mind! Whoever it is, if it’s Gregory Gaultier, Ali Farag or Mohamed ElShorbagy – I don’t mind! These guys are just so impressive at the moment and they play so well.
“I was just trying to enjoy my squash out there and the support of the crowd was amazing.
“Throughout the match, in the fourth I was 2-1 down and I really felt like he was absorbing me and not really risking any shots and it just made me a bit tired and I wasn’t really pushing as much as I had been in the previous matches, so I just said to myself ‘go and play’ and get in front of him. In the end it worked because he got tired as well and it was just another win and some momentum so I’m just trying to go with the flow.
“Yesterday was incredible the support back home from people I haven’t seen in the last ten years were texting me and it was just nice to see that loads of people are supporting you and SQUASHTV helps so much with that.”
[Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 11-7, 11-13, 6-11, 13-11, 11-6 (72m)
Rodriguez Takes Out World No.2 Farag
An impressive performance from Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez saw him take out number two seed Ali Farag to complete a day of shock victories at the British Open.
The Colombian had never beaten Farag on the PSA World Tour previously with the odds stacked favourably in the Egyptian’s favour on the head-to-head with five straight wins.
However, Rodriguez was on top form to put pressure on U.S. Open winner Farag from the outset. The Colombian treated the crowd to usual flair on court to take the first two games before Farag bit back in the third.
But it wasn’t to be for the Egyptian as unseeded Rodriguez continued to keep his discipline in check and powered through to an emphatic 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 victory in 68 minutes to reach his second semi-final at the British Open.
The Colombian Cannonball will now face another giant killer in the form of German qualifier Raphael Kandra in the next round after he took out World No.3 Marwan ElShorbagy.
Rodriguez’s win also spells the end of Nick Matthew’s career – who is retiring at the end of the season – as the Englishman will now not make the Dubai World Series Finals.
“What a way to do it,” said the 32-year-old from Bogota.
“I knew I had to win today. I have played him many times and have lost 3-2 or 3-1 in tough battles and not playing good, but I knew this was going to be my time to beat him. I did everything and I’m happy with my performance.
“The last few seasons have been tough for me with injuries but I’m back and I’m happy to be reaching semis again. I’m over the moon, I’ve been working so hard since last year and today was difficult because I’m sometimes too emotional, but I tried to be disciplined today and it worked.
“He [Raphael Kandra] must be very proud of himself, his first semi-final so it is going to be a tough battle, he has beaten Nick Matthew and Marwan so it will be a tough match and I will be playing for a place in the final.”
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt  Ali Farag (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6 (68m)