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Nour El Tayeb (left) and Nour El Sherbini (right) will meet in the semi-finals of the Black Ball Open

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The semi finals of the CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open take place today, with action beginning at 19:00 (GMT+2) at the Black Ball Sporting Club as the last four aim to reach the final of the Platinum event.

The two semi-finals feature three Egyptians and a lone Englishwoman in World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry, who faces off against young starlet, and World No.10, Hania El Hammamy, in the evening’s first clash.

The second semi-final is a repeat of the 2018-2019 World Championship final in Chicago, as World No.4 Nour El Sherbini takes on World No.5 Nour El Tayeb for a place in the final on home soil.

You can catch all the action live from the Black Ball Sporting Club 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.

Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT+2)

The first semi-final sees Egypt’s World No.10 Hania El Hammamy take on England No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry with both players aiming to reach their first PSA World Tour Platinum finals of the season.

The pair have only met once on the PSA World Tour before, when El Hammamy was only 17 years of age. It came at the 2018 Allam British Open, where home favourite Perry won in four games.

The Englishwoman has gone through the week unscathed so far, and is yet to drop a game coming into the semi-finals in Cairo. After beating compatriot Emily Whitlock in the second round, she has then downed Belgium’s Nele Gilis and Egypt’s Nada Abbas to reach a second Platinum semi-final in as many weeks, following on from her good form in Chicago.

Meanwhile, El Hammamy has had to fight her way through to the last four in Cairo, but it started with a comfortable win over compatriot Mayar Hany. She then needed 73 minutes and four games to get revenge over French No.1 Camille Serme, after she lost to ‘La Panthere’ in Chicago last week. The young Egyptian then downed World No.8 Amanda Sobhy to reach the semi-finals.

Will Perry continue her winning streak and each a fist major final since 2017? Or can El Hammamy make her way through to a first major final ever?

The second semi-final sees World No.4, and four-time World Champion, Nour El Sherbini, take on World No.5 Nour El Tayeb in a mouth-watering clash.

The pair have met 17 times on the PSA World Tour in the past, with the ‘Warrior Princess’ having won 12 of those, including the last four, including in the final of the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family. El Tayb’s last victory over hr compatriot came over two years ago, as she went on that marvellous run to win the 2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company.

The former World No.1 has come through the week at a canter, needing an average of just 26 minutes per match to reach the semi-finals. El Sherbini has downed England’s Millie Tomlinson, Egypt’s Nadine Shahin and Frenchwoman Coline Aumard, all in straight games.

On the other hand, El Tayeb will come into this semi-final clash off the back of a monumental victory over World No.1 Raneem El Welily in the last eight. She came from 2-1 down to beat her fellow Egyptian in a 72-minute epic, following on from straight-game wins over Tinne Gilis and Rowan Elaraby.

Can El Sherbini continue her form from Chicago and move into a second Platinum final in the space of ten days? Or will El Tayeb get back to winning ways over the four-time World Champion?

You can catch all the action live from the Black Ball Sporting Club on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian sub-continent only).

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