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World Tour Finals: Stats & How to Watch the Final Live

We have reached the final day of action at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo, Egypt. Who takes home the trophy? Find out when action starts at 19:00 local time (GMT+2) at the Mall of Arabia.

Up until now all matches have been best-of-three, but tonight sees the finals revert to the traditional best-of-five scoring.

There will be a new women's name on the trophy this year, following last year's winner Raneem El Welily's retirement from the tour, and it is two new faces in the final as Egyptians Nour El Tayeb and Hania El Hammamy go to battle.

In the men's final, Marwan ElShorbagy will be hoping to continue his strong form since the tour resumed as he comes up against defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

Here's the order of play:

You can catch all the action live from the Mall of Arabia from 19:00 local time (GMT+2) on SQUASHTV (all countries), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian subcontinent only) and BT Sport (UK).

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Nour El Tayeb v Hania El Hammamy

It’s El Tayeb against El Hammamy in the women’s final which starts at 19:00 local time (GMT+2).

World No.4 El Tayeb endured a tough route to the semi-finals, beating USA’s Amanda Sobhy then losing to France’s Camille Serme, which forced her into needing to win her final group game against El Hammamy, which she did 2-1, before waiting anxiously to see Sobhy beat Serme to confirm her place in the last four.

The Manchester Open winner showed just how strong she can be last night though as she recovered from a game down against four-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini to book her place in her first World Tour Finals final.

El Hammamy, meanwhile, claimed wins over both Sobhy and Serme in the group stages and then just needed to take a game off El Tayeb to confirm her place in the semis. She then battled past New Zealand’s Joelle King last night, after losing the first game 18-20, to reach the final at her first World Tour Finals event.

The two Egyptians are familiar with each other’s style, with both training together at the same club and having faced each other seven times in the past on the PSA Tour.

However, El Tayeb will be aware that she is facing a different force with El Hammamy this time around as aside from their group match this week the last time the two players faced each other was at the 2019 U.S. Open, which El Tayeb won comfortably 3-0.

Since that meeting though, El Hammamy has gone from strength to strength, claiming her maiden PSA Platinum title at March’s Black Ball Open where she stormed through the field and rising up to a career-high World Ranking of No.6 to be one of the main contenders on the women’s tour.

Which player will write their name on the World Tour Finals trophy for the first time? Find out tonight.

Karim Abdel Gawad v Marwan ElShorbagy

Gawad is notoriously known for his strong performances on home soil in Egypt, reaching the final of the last four events in his home country and winning three of those – including last year’s PSA World Tour Finals.

However, ElShorbagy has proven himself to be the in-form player of the tournament and looks back to his best, which saw him reach a career-high World Ranking of No.3 in 2018. The World No.7 has already beaten Ali Farag, Paul Coll and Joel Makin this week and now has the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ in his sights this evening.

The two players have faced each other 12 times previously, with Gawad leading the head-to-head record with eight wins to ElShorbagy’s four.

Their last meeting came just a couple of weeks ago in the semi-finals of the Manchester Open, which went in the favour of former World No.1 Gawad by a 3-1 scoreline.

ElShorbagy’s last win over Gawad came at the 2018 El Gouna International, which he went on to win and secure his maiden Platinum title.

Can the Jackal cause another upset tonight? Or will Gawad continue his hot streak of form in Egypt?

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