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U.S. Open Semi-Finals: Preview

World class squash is in Philadelphia this week as the first PSA World Tour Platinum event of the season takes place with action live from the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.

Today's matches will see the remaining players in the draw battle it out for a place in the final.

Glass court matches will be streamed live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), as well as broadcasters around the world and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian Subcontinent only).

Semi-Final Schedule
All times local (GMT-4)

Can't watch live? You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

The first semi-final will see an all-Egyptian battle between World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.4 Nour El Tayeb.

The two players have always been familiar rivals, but they have seen their battles go to a different level already this season as they have met in both finals so far this season.

The two Egyptians went head-to-head in the first final of the season at the China Squash Open, where El Tayeb came away with the victory in a five-game thriller in Shanghai.

El Welily got her revenge, however, at the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco when she put on a masterclass performance to defeat her compatriot in straight-games.

The two players have met 20 times in total on the PSA Tour, with El Welily claiming 13 wins and El Tayeb taking seven.

Next up to decide who will take the first place in the men's final is Egypt's World No.1 Ali Farag and Peru's World No.7 Diego Elias.

World No.1 Farag will be looking to repeat his 2017 U.S. Open campaign, which saw him lift the title alongside wife El Tayeb.

He will face tough competition from Peru’s Elias, who is featuring in his second major semi-final after reaching the same stage of the Qatar Classic last season.

The two players have met ten times throughout their careers, with Farag claiming eight of those victories, including the last five in a row. Elias’ last win came at the 2017 El Gouna International when he won 3-0 in round one.

The second women’s semi-final sees Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar and France’s World No.4 Camille Serme go head-to-head.

The two players faced each other four times last season, with the Egyptian getting the better of Serme on three occasions. However, this will be the first meeting between the two of them this season.

The two players famously faced each other in the final of the 2019 British Open, where Gohar dominanted to take a 3-0 victory and claim her first British Open crown.

Serme has enjoyed a strong start to the season claiming the Open de France title on home turf, while Gohar reached the last four stage of the China Squash Open.

The final match of the evening will see World No.3 Tarek Momen take on World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

The two players have met each other 21 times on tour previously, with ElShorbagy holding the advantage with 16 victories, including the last three encounters.

Former World No.1 ElShorbagy did record a nine-match winning streak against his compatriot, however, Momen finally overcame his foe in a showdown inside Chicago’s Union Station last season which saw him reach the prestigious PSA World Championship final.

Momen then backed this up with a win over the former World Champion at the Canary Wharf Classic en route to the final. However, ElShorbagy has claimed the last three, most notably in the Oracle NetSuite Open final as ElShorbagy remains undefeated at the start of the new season.

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