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PSA World Champs - Day Six: As It Happens

The quarter-finals of the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family concludes today with the last semi-finals places being confirmed at Chicago’s Union Station.

Action begins at 12:00 local time (UTC-6) when New Zealand’s Joelle King takes on France’s World No.5 Camille Serme. They are followed on court by King’s compatriot Paul Coll and Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag.

In the later session, two-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini will face recent British Nationals winner Tesni Evans, while Germany’s Simon Rosner goes up against India’s Saurav Ghosal in the final match of the day.

Matches from the glass court inside Union Station will be live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and Facebook (excluding Europe and Japan).

Can't watch the action? You can also follow the live scores from Union Station.


Sensational Serme Seals Semis Spot

France’s World No.5 Camille Serme displayed one of her best performances of the season to knock out New Zealand’s World No.3 Joelle King and secure a semi-final berth at the PSA World Championships.

The Frenchwoman executed her game plan to perfection inside Chicago’s Union Station to take out an in-form King – who claimed her first Platinum title at the Hong Kong Open in November.

The two players last faced each other at January’s Tournament of Champion, when Kiwi King came out on top with an impressive 3-1 win. However, she was unable to repeat that performance as Serme put on a determined display to avenge that defeat and book her place in her fourth semi-final at the sport’s biggest event.

“When I lost to Joelle in New York she played really well but it was a tough loss for me,” said the Frenchwoman following her victory.

“We always say you learn more from a loss than a win, so I worked hard on that match and I was really focused on what to do on court and not about the World Championships or Rankings. I just wanted it so badly and I stayed focused the whole way and I’m very happy with that.

“I try to play as many volleys as I can. I have been working a lot on my length and trying to put more strength into my game. I’m happy with how I played today.

“It’s the one title I have been dreaming of since I was a kid. I’ve reached the semi-final now, but the road is still very long and hard.”

[5] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [4] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (37m)

Farag Prevails in Tough Coll Test

Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag overcame a tough Paul Coll to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships for the second year running.

The Egyptian was facing the New Zealander for the third tournament in a row, and Farag ensured he continued his winning streak against Coll as he claimed an 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-1 victory.

A tight first two games went in the favour of the Egyptian soon-to-be World No.1, before Coll fought back brilliantly in the third to reduce the deficit.

However, Farag soon reverted back to the tactics that served him well in the opening two games to race towards the finish line and book his place in the last four of the tournament.

“It felt very tough,” said the 26-year-old Egyptian following his win.

“Paul and I have been playing in almost every tournament and this one will be the third in a row and it’s always tough.

“He gets smarter and fitter and I think today was very tactical. It was going to go to whoever got the middle of the court, he used heights really smartly and angles very well and he never gave me anything easy.

“He was standing in front of me for a big chunk of that match, which is all credit to him, but my length fell short a little bit so I had to be aggressive from the fourth and I think I did that well and that big long rally at the start of the fourth was crucial.”

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [7] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-1 (57m)

El Sherbini on Song to Take out Evans

Egypt’s two-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini reached her fourth consecutive PSA World Championship semi-final after downing Welshwoman Tesni Evans in straight-games.

The two players had only met twice previously on the PSA Tour with El Sherbini claiming 3-0 wins in both of those encounters, and El Sherbini made sure to keep up that clean sweep as she put Evans to the sword by an 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 scoreline.

Evans enjoyed a formidable 3-1 win over England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the last round, while El Sherbini was forced to endure a five-game battle with United States home hope Amanda Sobhy. However, it was the latter who was in top condition to prevail at the tournament which has seen her write her name on the trophy twice in the last four years.

She will now face France’s Camille Serme for a place in the final.

“She has been playing very good from the start of the season and improving,” said 23-year-old El Sherbini.

“She’s in the top ten now and even though it was 3-0 it wasn’t easy, but I’m happy with the way I played. The third was getting close, but I’m glad how I finished.

“I had a tough last round against Amanda, but I had a day off yesterday and recovered well to come back again today refreshed.”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [10] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)

Rösner Makes History to Reach Semis

German No.1 Simon Rösner made history as he became the first player from Germany to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships after defeating India’s Saurav Ghosal in straight-games.

Rösner – who was playing in his first quarter-finals at the tournament – showcased his title winning credentials with his best performance of the week so far to put Ghosal to the sword by an 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 scoreline in 50 minutes.

The tall German will now go onto face Egypt’s soon-to-be World No.1 Ali Farag for a place in the $1 million event final.

“It’s big,” said the 31-year-old German of reaching his first semi-final.

“I’ve never reached the quarters before and now I’ve made it to the semis – it’s very good and very satisfying, especially with the way I played. After my tough match I had two days ago, I felt much better today and played some aggressive and much more controlling squash and that put Saurav under a lot of pressure.

“I knew playing Saurav that I would have to be at a 100%, because he’s really playing well these days, so I had to be at my best and I’m happy to be through.

“I think you see the finishing line maybe a bit too early and you’re trying to hang in there. The ball was dead in the third game and Saurav can really chop it in, so I was pleased that I could convert my tactics that I had before the match.”

[3] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [11] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (50m)

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