The semi finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions take place today, with action beginning at 17:00 (GMT-5) at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
The two women’s semi-finals feature players from three countries, as the Egyptian pair of Nouran Gohar and Nour El Sherbini take on the rest of the world. Gohar will face Camille Serme, before Joelle King takes on the three-time Tournament of Champions winner.
Following that will be the men’s matches, which see the top four do battle. The last two World Champions, in Ali Farag and Tarek Momen play first, before the two World Champions before them, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad, face off in the final match of the evening.
You can catch all the action live from Grand Central Terminal on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian sub-continent only).
You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.
Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT-5)
The first match of the evening sees French No.1 Camille Serme take on World No.3 Nouran Gohar, with the pair battling it out for the place in the Tournament of Champions finals on Friday night.
The pair have met 12 times previously on the PSA World Tour, with the 22-year-old Egyptian holding the 8-4 advantage. She won the last clash, at the U.S. Open, in just 29 minutes en route to the title in Philadelphia. However, Serme took the victory in their match at the Tournament of Champions in 2017, winning out in four games.
Serme has had a rollercoaster of a week so far in New York City, and is yet to win a match 3-0. She has defeated three Egyptians on her way to the last four, with wins against Rowan Elaraby and Yathreb Adel included. In the quarter-finals, the Frenchwoman defeated World No. Raneem El Welily for the first time in eight matches.
It has been completely the opposite for Gohar, who is yet to drop a game this week, and has not even reached 100 minutes on court yet. She took just 19 minutes to overcome Alexandra Fuller in round two, before then beating seeded players Hania El Hammamy and Alison Waters to reach the semis.
Can Serme back up her epic win of El Welily with another win here? Or will Gohar defeat the Frenchwoman in a semi-final for the sixth time in their careers?
The second women’s semi-final sees New Zealand’s Joelle King take on three-time Tournament of Champions winner Nour El Sherbini for a place in the final.
This will be the 11th meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, with the Kiwi only having defeated the World No.2 once, in the first round of the U.S. Open in 2012. Since then, El Sherbini has only dropped one game in their last seven meetings.
The pair have had similar campaigns in New York so far, with King downing Julianne Courtice, No.12 seed Joshna Chinappa and No.14 seed Salma Hany to book her place in the semi finals for the second straight year at Grand Central.
The Egyptian downed Dutch No.1 Milou van der Heijden in round two, before then getting the better of Olivia Blatchford Clyne and World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry to reach the last eight, a mark she has reached in all seven appearances at the Tournament of Champions.
Will the dominance of the ‘Warrior Princess’ continue this evening? Or can King down the Egyptian for only the second time in her career?
The men’s semi final of the evening sees the two most recent World Champions go head-to-head, as World No.1 Ali Farag takes on World No.3 Tarek Momen for a place in the final.
This will be the tenth meeting between the compatriots on the PSA World Tour, with two of those having come in the semis of the ‘ToC’ before. Momen won in 2018, with Farag taking the win last year en route to the title, and it is the World No.1 who holds the 6-3 advantage, including being victorious in each of the last four meetings.
The current World Champion may not hold the advantage, but he has spent less time on court this week, having only dropped two games. He has overcome Marwan ElShorbagy, Eain Yow Ng and Mostafa Asal to reach the last four in New York City for the third straight year.
Farag is also in the last four for the third year in a row, but his path has been much more difficult, with two matches that have lasted longer than an hour. It took 74 minutes to down Mazen Hesham, before beating Youssef Soliman in round three, ahead of another tough five-game battle with New Zealand’s Paul Coll to reach this stage of the tournament.
Will Farag continue his run to defending his Tournament of Champions title? Or can Momen grab a first win over his compatriot since October 2018?
The final match of the evening sees 2017 World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy take on 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in an all-Egyptian affair.
The pair have met 15 times already on the PSA World Tour, with ElShorbagy holding the 10-5 advantage. However, Gawad has won the last two, including the 90 minute Channel VAS Championship final in November. They also met in last year’s ToC semis, with the World No.2 winning 3-1.
ElShorbagy is yet to drop a game in the tournament, winning all three of his matches 3-0. He downed Ryan Cuskelly in the second round, before then getting the better of both Gregoire Marche and Joel Makin to reach the semi-finals at Grand Central Terminal.
Meanwhile, Gawad has spent an hour longer on court across his three previous matches this week, thanks to an 89 minute battle with German No.1 Simon Rösner in the last eight yesterday. He also defeated Iker Pajares Bernabeu and Declan James en route to the last four.
Can Gawad recover from yesterday’s epic battle to notch a third straight win over ElShorbagy? Or can the World No.2 reach a fourth Tournament of Champions final?