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Nour El Tayeb celebrates her round three win against Amanda Sobhy

Tournament of Champions - Quarter-Finals: As It Happens

The quarter-finals of the men's and women's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions take place today as the competition continues to heat up for the first PSA Platinum titles of the new year.

It's an all-Egyptian battle between World No.1 Raneem El Welily and former World No.2 Nouran Gohar to kick off the day's action at 13:30 local time (UTC-5).

Meanwhile in the men's tournament, Tarek Momen and Omar Mosaad will face each other in the first men's match of the day, while New Zealand's Paul Coll and Egypt's World No.2 Ali Farag will complete the day's action.

You can watch LIVE coverage on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player or follow our live scoring page.

We'll also have reports and reaction from all of today's matches right here.

Schedule (all times local UTC-5)

Welily records resounding win in the quarters

Raneem El Welily beat Nouran Gohar to reach the semi finals of the TOC

Raneem El Welily secured her passage through to the semi finals of the Tournament of Champions after beating Nouran Gohar in three games.

It is the second time in three months that the Egyptians have met, with the World No.1 getting the better of compatriot once again.

In this battle of the Egyptians, neither women could get away at the start of the first game, with it being nip and tuck in the beginning.

However, after taking the lead at 6-5, the World No.1 ran away with the first, winning it comfortably in the end 11-6, to take an early lead.

Again, the second game was tight to start with, with neither player able to streak ahead into a big lead.

Once again though, it was Welily that managed to take the advantage in the latter part of game, doubling her lead with an 11-9 victory in the second.

The third game was all Welily, though, with the 30-year-old taking a quick 6-1 lead.

She carried on that form to take the third 11-4 and book her place in the last four of the tournament, where she play Joelle King.

The 2015 Tournament of Champions champion will be looking for a repeat of her crown, and will have to get past the Kiwi tomorrow to reach another final in New York.

“I think the difference between our last encounter and today’s encounter was my mental state,” Welily said after her victory.

“I was a bit sharper today than I was yesterday, at least. Lots of positives to take and I am very happy to finish this match in three.

“Nouran is a very tough player. As you can see, she strikes the ball really hard and she finishes it nice and clean, so it is never easy against her so to come away with a 3-0 win against her is definitely a huge plus.

“It is a case of so many things. You try to fight back and you try to be on your toes because she goes short really well.

“If you then play a loose shot from that short shot then she is going to hit it for sure. So, you try to do a lot of things with your movement, with your mentality and it is always a hard fight.

“I think the game is so strong now. Being in the semi-finals is one better than last year at least so I am happy to be step closer than 2018.”

Result:
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [6] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (28m)

King advances to semi finals

Joelle King defeated Camille Serme to reach the last four

Joelle King came from a game down to beat Camille Serme in the quarter finals, setting up a clash with the World No.1 in the last four.

The Frenchwoman came flying out of the blocks, not allowing the World No.4 any time to get settled.

It ended up being total domination from Serme, who conceded just a single point. The World No.5 winning the first game in just five minutes.

Serme took a commanding lead in the second game as well, but the New Zealander was able to bounce back to tie the game at 5-5.

She then won four points in a row to put herself in the ascendency, and went on to take the second to tie the match.

The World No.4 continued her form to take the third game as well comfortably, to take her first lead in the match.

The fourth game was much tighter, with neither player able to break free from their opponent until the very end.

It would be the New Zealander that took victory, by scraping the fourth 11-9 to win the match 3-1 and advance to the last four.

It will be King's first appearance in the semi finals of this tournament, and she will face World No.1 Raneem El Welily on the glass at Grand Central.

“I guess I laughed and said to myself that the only positive thing to come out of that [first] game was that I got a point,” King said.

“I just tried to relax and start again and see what happened. Someone like Camille, if she gets on a run and gets confident, she is so hard to play. I just tried to weather the storm and hang in there.

“Once you get older, you tell all the juniors that you will go through these tough matches later on in your career and I have been on the back end of many losses from being up in those points, so I guess it is just experience on that day.

“I think you wake up each morning hoping that you’re not going to be nervous but it is part of the territory. I guess that is why we keep playing, that feeling of nervousness and excitement to play again.

“That [injury] feels so long ago now. I forget sometimes that it even happened. I am just excited to be on this stage and making it to semi-finals and finals.”

Result:
[4] Joelle King (NZL) bt [5] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-1: 1-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (48m)

Tayeb trounces Waters in less than half an hour

Nour El Tayeb beat Alison Waters in three to reach the semis.

Nour El Tayeb recovered from her gruelling encounter with Amanda Sobhy yesterday to beat Alison Waters in three games to reach the semi finals.

Both of these players had tough five-game matches yesterday, and had to recover to play on Tuesday afternoon.

They also faced each other in October at the Carol Weymuller Open, with the World No.3 winning in four games.

The Egyptian tested the movement of Waters straight from the off, and after the pair exchanged points up to 4-4, it was all El Tayeb.

The World No.3 took just six minutes in total to win the first game, taking the last seven points to give herself an early lead in the match.

El Tayeb continued that form into the second game as well, and was able to win the second game 11-6, after reeling off another string of points.

Like the first two games, the third was close up to the 6-6 point. However, from there, Tayeb won the next five points to round out a straight games victory.

The Egyptian will face a compatriot in the semi finals. Her opponent will be either Salma Hany or Nour El Sherbini, as she bids for a second straight appearance in the Tournament of Champions final.

“My mum and dad are always scared [when I dive] and I am going to get yelled at by them after,” El Tayeb said jokingly.

“I couldn’t resist, I think she tricked me in the rally and I couldn’t let go. I was excited, I thought I was playing well so I thought why not just go for it.

“In all honesty, I am trying not to do it, but if it is one or two per match, I am alright.

“Yesterday’s match was more of a confidence booster. Today I woke up feeling very sore obviously, but it gave me a lot of confidence to be able to get back and win such a tough match.

I haven’t won a match from being 2-1 down, or being outplayed for a while and to win a match like that gave me a massive confidence boost and it showed today.

Today I was more relaxed and happy to be on court rather than being too nervous.”

Result:
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [9] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (27m)

Momen masters Mosaad to advance to the semis

Tarek Momen beat Omar Mosaad in the all-Egyptian quarter final battle

The first men’s quarter final of the day was another all-Egypt affair, with Tarek Momen getting the better of Omar Mosaad in three games.

Momen came into this tournament after winning the CCI International in Mumbai, and he carried on that momentum here.

The first game was point-for-point between the two compatriots until the 6-6 mark, when Momen put his foot on the gas.

The Viper won the next four points to take a 10-6 lead, and although he could not convert his first game ball, he got over the line to win the first 11-7 in ten minutes.

Momen, who finished runner-up in the Tournament of Champions in 2018, continued his fine form into the second game, taking a 6-2 lead.

The Hammer of Thor claimed the next four points to level the game, but once again, it was the World No.4 who would go on to take the game, doubling his lead in the match with an 11-8 win in the second.

Mosaad opened up a two point cushion midway through the third game, as he looked to strike back. However, his Egyptian counterpart was able to bounce back to tie the game.

The World No.4 powered on to win the match in three, winning the third game 11-7, booking his place in the semi finals.

“Omar was my first rival since we were eight or nine years old,” Momen said after winning.

“We have been competing at the same age group at every local tournament and at every international junior tournament.

“When I was a kid, I never thought we would be rivals for nearly 25 years. It is just incredible. Each one of us has had ups and downs.

“Omar has had a tough patch recently, but I am so glad to see him come back and playing this well. He has had some really good results in the past two or three months and it only means that he is on the way up again which is great.

“I am very happy with today’s performance. I think I played really well and executed the plan the way I wanted. To get a 3-0 win at this stage is very crucial for the next match and I am very pleased with that.

“Each size has its own pros and cons. With me being average height, my movement is maybe a bit easier. I am not carrying as much weight as he is, but at the same time, he has a bigger reach. It is always difficult for me to get the ball past him.

“I tried to do that and get the ball past him and move him a little bit around the court so that he would get fatigued. I am quite pleased with my shots today. They were deep enough and in the front corners they were working well. All in all, I am quite happy.”

Result:
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (36m)

Sherbini shows her class to beat Hany

Nour El Sherbini beat compatriot Salma Hany to reach the last four

The third battle of Egypt on day seven saw Nour El Sherbini beat Salma Hany in straight games to advance to the semi finals.

The World No.2 and two-time winner of the Tournament of Champions, was in scintillating form throughout.

The first game stayed nip and tuck all the way through, as both Egyptians looked to get into the match.

It would be the World No.2 who took the early lead, though, as Hany lost a game for the first time in the tournament.

Sherbini came out firing at the start of the second game, moving straight out into a 5-0 lead.

Hany did her best to come back, but the power from the World No.2 was too much as she went on to double her lead in the match.

Sherbini again had too much in the third game, taking a 10-4 lead. The World No.16 came fighting back, winning the next four points.

Despite her efforts, it was the No.2 seed that advances to the semi finals, as she looks to defend her crown in New York.

Sherbini faces another Egyptian in the semi finals, playing against Ali Farag in the last four of the Tournament of Champions

“Salma is very talented and very dangerous. We have been growing up together and we have played for the same club for almost ten years, I think.

“We play a lot together, and she beat Laura [Massaro] yesterday, which was a very good win for her, and I was sure that she would come today and want to do the same and be hungry for more.

“Winning the first game made the difference, I think. I was really glad that I snuck it in the end.

“Anything loose in the middle, or in the back of the court, she is going to kill it. I was always steady on my feet, ready for everything, because she was going to kill it from anywhere.

“I was making sure that I was ready and trying to make better shots from her.

“I think I am going to every tournament with the same aim. I am coming to pass every match and to win the tournament and that is what is important for me now. It is important to be No.1 but if I am No.2 then I am more hungry to get back to the top.”

Result:
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [15] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (29m)

Farag flies into the semis

Ali Farag beat Paul Coll in three to make it through to the semis

Ali Farag made it an all-Egyptian semi final line-up in the men’s draw, after beating Paul Coll in three games at Grand Central.

The World No.2 put on a show to start the first game, racing out into a big lead after scoring eight of the first nine points.

The Kiwi started to play his way back into it, and managed to make it all the way back to 10-9, but Farag was able to win the next point to take an early lead in the match.

Coll came out strongly in the second game, playing some powerful shots to establish a 4-1 advantage.

However, it would be the Egyptian that won the second game thanks to his quick reflexes and power. He took it 11-7 to double his lead in the match.

Farag went on to dominate the early part of the third game, giving him enough of an advantage in the game to go on and win the match.

The World No.2 will face Tarek Momen in the semi finals, and will look to go one better than his last four appearance in 2018.

“Paul has been giving trouble to everyone and he is a very, very tough opponent to play against,” Coll said.

“You could tell his fighting spirit at 10-3 down in the first game. Most would have just thrown the first game away but he kept fighting back and he got me edgy at 9-10 but it was crucial to win that one in terms of momentum and psychological confidence.

“I am just happy that I got it and then I think the second was neck-and-neck until around 7-7 and then I ran away with it which was very important as well.

“Then I got off to a good start in the third and kept my lead so I am very happy. Thank you to everyone who stayed for staying to watch the match.

“Fitness to fitness, I stand no chance [with Paul]. This is a testament to him, he is the fittest on tour by far and I could not play his game.

“If we get into a physical battle then he is going to come out on top so I had to play smart to control the pace as much as possible.”

Result:
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [7] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (48m)

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