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Nour El Sherbini in action against Joelle King

Tournament of Champions SF: El Sherbini Reaches Final

Egypt’s World No.2 Nour El Sherbini has set up a final showdown with France’s World No.5 Camille Serme at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after defeating New Zealand’s Joelle King in four games.

Defending ToC champion El Sherbini, who is playing in only her second tournament of the season after suffering with a knee injury, was in formidable form to take the opening two games against World No.6 King.

The New Zealander has been close to her best form this week in New York and showed it in the third game as she made a resurgence against the reigning World Champion, but it was not enough as El Sherbini stepped up another gear to power to an 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-3 victory in 41 minutes and the reach the final of the PSA World Tour Platinum event for the third year running.

“Playing against Joelle is never easy,” said El Sherbini afterwards.

“She played really well yesterday and so I wanted to be sure from the first point. She came back well in the third, so in the beginning of the fourth I wanted to get some points off quickly.

“Camille [Serme] is one of the fittest players on tour. She has been playing a lot of five setters since the first round. I have a lot of respect for her and for me it will be about my usual preparation for the final.”

[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [6] Joelle King (NZL) 3-1: 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-3 (41m)

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