Semi-final action at the CIB PSA Women's World Championship and the CIB Egyptian Squash Open takes place today, with the action taking place in front of the the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.
Action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour starting at 18:30 local time (GMT+2).
Unable to watch? you can keep up with the live scores from the event here.
Glass Court Schedule
All times are local (GMT+2)
Karim Abdel Gawad v Joel Makin
Egypt's World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad and Wales' World No.12 Joel Makin will be the first two players to take to the spectacular glass court in front of the Pyramids this evening when they kick off the semi-finals at 18:30 local time (GMT+2).
Gawad has previously enjoyed victory in front of the Pyramids when he claimed the Al Ahram title back in 2016, when a tournament was last held in front of the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World.
Welshman Makin, meanwhile, has enjoyed his best Platinum tournament to date – reaching the semi-final for the first time and knocking out the likes of World No.3 Tarek Momen along the way.
The two players have only met twice before on the PSA Tour, with both of those meetings coming in the previous two instalments of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, with Gawad taking both victories. However, that doesn't tell the full story as famously when the two players met in Grand Central Terminal at the start of this year it was Makin who held a two-game advantage but saw his match cut short there due to rolling his ankle and having to retire, thus handing the victory to the 'Baby-Faced Assassin'.
Gawad will be hoping he can continue his good form in Egypt and reach another final in his home country after winning both the Black Ball Open and World Tour Finals trophies last season. Meanwhile, Makin will be targeting his second PSA final of the season after coming up short against New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the final of the Open de France – Nantes at the start of the season.
Raneem El Welily v Nouran Gohar
World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.5 Nouran Gohar will be the first female match in action this evening as one will book their place in the Women’s World Championship final.
Both players have been on top form this season with El Welily reaching two finals and winning one at the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco. While, Gohar triumphed at the first Platinum event of the season – the U.S. Open – to boost her stock as she looks to reach her first World Championship title.
El Welily famously lifted the title in 2017 in Manchester, but was dethroned last season when World No.3 Nour El Tayeb defeated her in the semi-finals of the event in Chicago. Gohar, meanwhile, has never reached the final of the sport’s most prestigious event and will be looking to amend that stat tonight.
Ali Farag v Paul Coll
World No.1 Ali Farag and World No.5 Paul Coll will go head-to-head for the 11th time in their careers tonight to see who will reach the final of the CIB Egyptian Squash Open.
Farag has claimed the last nine victories over the Kiwi, with Coll’s kast win over Farag coming in the 2017 Tournament of Champions.
Coll has come close recently, however, with the two memorably playing out an incredible five-game thriller at the 2019 British Open which Farag was able to sneak it.
The New Zealander will be hoping to reach his first Platinum final, while Farag will be targeting his second Platinum appearance in a row after claiming the U.S. Open title earlier this month in Philadelphia.
Hania El Hammamy v Nour El Sherbini
The final semi-final of the night will see ‘giant killer’ Hania El Hammamy face the reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini.
Egyptian teenager El Hammamy secured a huge upset last night after she came from two games down to down France’s World No.4 Camille Serme to reach her first World Championship semi-final.
Meanwhile, El Sherbini will be targeting her fifth successive World Championship final after claiming her third World Championship final at the age of 23 in last season’s final in Chicago.
The two young Egyptians have met just twice previously on the PSA World Tour with El Sherbini claiming both of those victories. However, after just coming back from injury and making her first tournament appearance of the season – will El Sherbini be able to keep El Hammamy at bay?