It's day three of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open with some exciting encounters split between the glass court on the roof of the Peninsula Shanghai – overlooking the incredible Shanghai Bund – and SECA Academy.
Egypt's Raneem El Welily, the 2015 champion, and Malaysia's Nicol David, the 2013 winner, go head-to-head on the glass court, while defending champion Nour El Sherbini will take on fellow Egyptian Nouran Gohar in a repeat of last year's final.
Top seed Simon Rösner will take on Welshman Joel Makin in the men's tournament, while his fellow German Raphael Kandra will look to follow up last night's upset of number two seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez with victory over India's Saurav Ghosal.
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Order of Play – SECA Academy
15:00  Camille Serme (FRA) v Joshna Chinappa (IND)
16:00 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v  Paul Coll (NZL)
17:00 3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
18:00 3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v  Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Order of Play – Glass Court
18:30  Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY)
19:15  Simon Rösner (GER) v Joel Makin (WAL)
20:30 Nicol David (MAS) v  Raneem El Welily (EGY)
21:15  Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Raphael Kandra (GER)
Serme Charges Into Quarter-Finals
Camille Serme (left) takes on Joshna Chinappa (right)
France’s Camille Serme powered into the quarter-finals of this year’s China Open after a commanding display against India’s Joshna Chinappa saw her extend her winning run over the World No.16 to five matches.
Serme has never lost to Chinappa on the PSA Tour, but was taken all the way to five games when the pair met in El Gouna last year for the PSA Women’s World Championships.
Both players had won their second round fixtures 3-2 – Serme beating World No.10 Alison Waters, while Chinappa shocked World No.4 Joelle King – but it was Serme who looked the fresher in the early stages as she fired off a range of winners to go two games ahead.
In the third, Chinappa looked much more like the player who had upset King in the previous round and she fought back from 6-3 down to draw level and pushed Serme all the way to 9-9.
But the French player wasn’t to be denied and she held her composure to close out an 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 victory which will see her face one of last season’s finalists in the next round – either defending champion Nour El Sherbini or runner-up Nouran Gohar.
“I’m very happy to be back in the semis like last year,” said Serme.
“I can’t wait to go back to the glass court as well, I love this location and playing at that wonderful venue, it’s in the top five definitely [on the PSA Tour].
“I’m sure I‘m going to enjoy the match whoever I play.”
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (26m)
Coll Comes Back to Beat Al Tamimi in Thriller
Paul Coll (right) lines up a drive against Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (left)
New Zealand’s World No.10 Paul Coll came back from a game behind to defeat Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in a thrilling five-game battle at SECA Academy.
The pair were meeting for the third time on the PSA Tour and it was a high-octane clash from the off as both players entertained spectators with some fast-paced rallies that took both players into all four corners of the court with regularity.
Coll, who had won both of their previous matches, struck first blood as he took the opener 11-7 but he was unable to put away his opponent in the second as World No.28 Al Tamimi responded with some impressive low kills to draw level.
And the Qatari No.1 looked on the verge of an unlikely victory when he struck in the third game to take the lead for the first time but Coll continued to battle in a tight fourth game, pulling away from 7-7 to draw level.
The Kiwi closed out the fifth against a tiring Al Tamimi to earn a coveted spot on the glass court in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
“It was a tough one because yesterday I was being very positive and hitting the ball well and because he’s so attacking I went a bit passive and defensive in my hitting,” said Coll.
“Joelle told me to control the ’T’ more, hit through the ball and be a bit more aggressive, just in my basic game. If he’s controlling the pace then it’s a nightmare to deal with. He played ridiculous squash but I was a bit defensive in my own hitting.
“I was feeling my heart-rate [in the fifth] and he was flying around the court so I thought that if I was feeling it then he was definitely feeling it as well. It’s just a matter of being tough and fighting, especially at the start of the games.”
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-2: 11-7, 9-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5 (65m)
El Sherbini Downs Gohar in 2017 Final Repeat
Nour El Sherbini (left) takes on Nouran Gohar (right)
World No.1 Nour El Sherbini marched into the semi-finals after she claimed a ninth successive victory over fellow Egyptian Nouran Gohar in a repeat of last year’s title decider.
Since losing her first match against Gohar in 2014, El Sherbini has dominated the encounters between the pair, dropping just four games against the World No.6 since that moment.
And – overlooking Shanghai’s incredible Bund – the defending champion was irrepressible as she powered to a win in straight games, taking just 26 minutes to dismantle Gohar by an 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 margin.
“I’m really happy and I feel that I’m getting my momentum back and the rhythm of the game,” said El Sherbini.
“I think I’m a bit comfortable playing against her [Gohar] now. Starting the match knowing that you’ve already beaten her the other eight games gives me a lot of confidence.”
A mouthwatering semi-final with World No.5 Camille Serme awaits El Sherbini next as the 22-year-old aims to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles at this tournament since Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern in 2012.
“It’s always a tough match against her, last time we played in Dubai it was a best of three and was quite long. This court is quite hot and bouncy but hopefully it won’t be as long as it usually is.
“I’m looking forward to it and hopefully it will be a good match.”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (26m)
Rösner Axes Makin to Seal Semis Berth
Simon Rösner (right) v Joel Makin (left)
Germany’s Simon Rösner will take on New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the last four after he ended the run of surprise quarter-finalist Joel Makin atop the Peninsula Shanghai.
Makin, who at World No.38 is the lowest ranked player to reach the last eight, caused a big upset against former World No.3 Omar Mosaad in the previous round and he made life difficult for Rösner at times throughout the 71-minute match.
A downpour of rain meant both players had to battle the conditions as well as each other, with the court maintenance team called into action to clean the floor on a number of occasions.
Rösner had the better of the opening two games – taking the first 11-5 and following that up with an 11-7 victory in the second – but Makin showcased his impressive fighting spirit in the third as he played some tight and effective squash to build up a 5-2 lead and he converted the game to halve the deficit.
But Rösner regained control in the fourth despite the weather taking a turn for the worse and he pulled away to record an 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 triumph which will see him play World No.10 Paul Coll for a place in the final.
“It was quite difficult because in the middle of the fourth game rain came into the court, just some small drops but it made it more slippery,” said Rösner.
“We were a bit unlucky with the rain, I think. It didn’t make it easy but I am happy to keep my head straight even after I lost the third game.
“I came back in and was up 5-1, which was a good start, and it carried me through that fourth game. I think [experience] definitely made a difference today.”
 Simon Rösner (GER) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 3-1: 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (71m)
El Welily Braves the Conditions to Beat David as El Tayeb Wins in Five
Raneem El Welily
World Champion Raneem El Welily braved some wet conditions to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Malaysian superstar Nicol David – setting up an enticing semi-final fixture with fellow Egyptian Nour El Tayeb.
A downpour in the hour leading up to the match between meant conditions on the court were less than ideal and, while El Welily took the opening game 11-4, she ceded control to her opponent in the second and third, losing her focus after slipping over on a few occasions.
David, who earned her place in the quarter-finals courtesy of a sublime 3-0 win over World No.7 Laura Massaro in the previous round, recorded 11-7 triumphs in both the second and third games, with the end of the latter sparking an uncharacteristic outburst from El Welily, whose remonstrations with the referee about the court fell on deaf ears.
If anything, that fired the Egyptian shot-maker up as she returned to court and regained her control in the tie, drawing level in the fourth before closing the decider out by an 11-5 scoreline.
“Nicol was playing very, very good squash today, all credit to her, the way she played was just amazing,” El Welily said.
“The circumstances were not the best today… I’m happy that we stayed here, [to play] the other courts [at SECA Academy] are quite far from where we are staying so it’s not that convenient.
“In the first game there was some drizzle on the floor and it was a bit scary. In the second game or third game I slipped two or three times which slowed down my movement a little bit and got me thinking outside the court.
“But I’m just happy to be through today, all credit to Nicol for playing so well, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Nour El Tayeb (right) up against Sarah-Jane Perry (left)
El Tayeb, meanwhile, also came back from 2-1 down, beating England’s Sarah-Jane Perry 11-6, 7-11, 2-11, 11-2, 11-8 in 52 minutes.
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Nicol David (MAS) 3-2: 11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (43m)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-2: 11-6, 7-11, 2-11, 11-2, 11-8 (52m)
Abouelghar Causes Gaultier Upset as Ghosal Downs Kandra
Mohamed Abouelghar (right) v Gregory Gaultier (left)
Egyptian World No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar will appear in the biggest PSA Tour semi-final of his career after he caused a big upset against number three seed Gregory Gaultier in the quarter-finals of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open taking place in Shanghai.
The tournament is the first PSA World Tour Gold event ever to take place under the new PSA tour structure – which came into effect on August 1 – and Abouelghar ensured that he stayed in the hunt for the title after a 12-10, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8 victory to send Gaultier – the 2015 China Open champion and former World No.1 – to a shock defeat at SECA Academy.
“I’m very pleased to beat Greg for the first time,” said Abouelghar, who had lost to the Frenchman in all four of their previous meetings.
“I’ve been watching him growing up and of course I've learned a lot from him. I'm very happy with how I held it together until the end and turned it around my way this time. I'm looking forward to play on one of the sickest venues in our sport.”
Abouelghar will line up against India’s Saurav Ghosal for a place in the final after the World No.12 got the better of Germany’s Raphael Kandra by a 3-1 scoreline.
Kandra dispatched number two seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez in round two and proved a real menace in the opening game as he played some precise squash to take an 11-7 win.
Ghosal got his game going in the second though as he began to move Kandra away from the ’T’ and he took the next three games without reply to move to within one win of the final.
“They were tough conditions but you have to adapt the best you can and find solutions and I’m glad today I managed to find those solutions to win,” said Ghosal.
“I’ve had a really good summer and I’ve done a lot a work. The Asian Games didn’t quite go according to plan… But you’ve got to put the work in and you have to believe it will manifest itself at some point.
“I just have to keep my head down and mentally be on it as long as I can and hopefully the squash will flow.”
 Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (52m)
 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-2: 12-10, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-8 (68m)