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Raneem El Welily is looking to reach a second successive San Francisco final

Looking Ahead To The Oracle NetSuite Open Semi Finals

The semi finals of the Oracle NetSuite Open take place today, with action beginning at 18:45 local time (GMT-7) at Embarcadero Plaza as the eight remaining players battle it out for the four finals spots.

In the women’s draw, World No.1 Raneem El Welily will take on No.8 seed Joshna Chinappa for a place in the final. The other semi final will see No.2 seed Camille Serme battle it out with No.3 seed Nour El Tayeb.

On the men’s side of the tournament, the ElShorbagy brothers will face off for the second time in a month as they meet in the second semi final tonight.

Before they continue their sibling rivalry, No.2 seed Tarek Momen will take on No.4 seed Miguel Rodriguez for a place in the final on Monday night.

You can catch all the action live from VENUE on SQUASHTV (excluding Europe and Japan), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Rest of World).

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Here’s the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT-7)

The first match of the evening will see the ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Rodriguez take on World No.3 Tarek Momen for a spot in the final.

The pair have met six times before on the PSA World Tour, with both men having secured three victories in that time. Their last meeting came at the PSA World Series Finals in 2018, where Momen took the victory, also in the best-of-three format.

The Egyptian comes into this clash off the back of a big win last night over Wales No.1 Joel Makin. ‘The Viper’ had to fight back from behind to defeat the Welshman. He also beat Cesar Salazar earlier in the week in their second round match-up.

In the same round, Rodriguez got the better of Cesar’s older brother Arturo. He then got the better of Scotland’s Alan Clyne in the last eight on Saturday evening, and has spent just 41 minutes on court so far this week.

Will Momen make it a guaranteed all-Egyptian final? Or can Rodriguez produce a shock on semi-final night?

The second match of the night will pit two women against each other that have already won titles this year. Open de France winner Camille Serme takes on China Open champion Nour El Tayeb.

When it comes to previous meetings, El Tayeb holds a slender advantage, having won six of their 11 clashes prior to this one. She also was victorious in their last battle, at the 2018 Tournament of Champions. This will be their first best-of-three match-up.

The Egyptian will come into this clash as the fresher of the two, as she did not have to contest her quarter final clash with Amanda Sobhy on Saturday, as the US No.1 pulled out through injury. El Tayeb had already beaten Hollie Naughton in just 16 minutes in the second round.

World No.3 Camille Serme has defeated Nele Gilis and Tesni Evans to reach this stage, and the Frenchwoman is yet to drop a game in the tournament, having been on court for 41 minutes so far.

Can El Tayeb use her lack of match yesterday to her advantage? Or will it become an issue, and can Serme take the spoils tonight?

The second men’s semi final is the most interesting tussle of the evening, as World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on younger brother Marwan ElShorbagy for a spot in the final.

The pair have met a mammoth 16 times on the PSA World Tour, with older brother Mohamed having taken the spoils in 13 of those, including earlier this month at the China Open, on his way to the title. Marwan’s last victory came at the 2018 El Gouna International.

The World No.2 is yet to drop a game in the tournament, having beaten both Mathieu Castagnet and Ryan Cuskelly 2-0 to reach the last four. He needed just 20 minutes to overcome the Australian on the glass court on Friday night.

Marwan, on the other hand, had to fight to beat Germany’s Raphael Kandra, with all three games in that one going to a tie-break. He also beat fellow Egyptian Karim Ali Fathi earlier in the week to get his campaign going.

Can Mohamed move into a second straight final to start the 2019-2020 campaign? Or can Marwan provide a shock and down his older brother at Embarcadero tonight?

The final match of the night sees World No.1 Raneem El Welily go head-to-head with Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa for a place in the women’s final.

The pair have met seven times prior to this clash, with El Welily having been successful in six of those, including at this year’s Tournament of Champions in New York. Chinappa’s only victory over the World No.1 came at the Qatar Classic back in 2015.

The World No.1 had to fight back from a game down in her second round clash against Olivia Blatchford Clyne, before then defeating Sarah-Jane Perry in a repeat of last year’s final.

Meanwhile, Chinappa has won both of her matches 2-1 to reach this stage. She needed to go to three against Melissa Alves in the second round, before then upsetting World No.6 Joelle King at Embarcadero on Friday night.

Can El Welily make a second straight final in San Francisco? Or will Chinappa cause a huge upset in the last four this evening?

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