The fifth day’s play of the women's CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open takes place today, as the last eight battle it out for places in the semi-finals of the Platinum event at the Black Ball Sporting Club in Cairo.
All of the top seeds are through to the last four stage, with the exception of World No.2 Nouran Gohar, who was withdrawn from the tournament yesterday due to breaking COVID-19 protcols put in place at the event. Her withdrawal meant that USA No.2 Olivia Clyne moves into the quarter finals.
The first match will see New Zealand's World No.8 Joelle King face Egypt's World No.5 Hania El Hammamy, who has reached the final at the Black Ball Sporting Club on two occasions – winning in March 2020 and losing out to England's Sarah-Jane Perry in December 2020. King also has good at this event, reaching the semi-finals on two occasions and will be hoping to keep that run this evening.
France's World No.3 Camille Serme will then go up against USA's World No.7 Amanda Sobhy. Serme bowed out at this stage of the competition in December to eventual champion Perry, while Sobhy reached the semis after defeating World No.1 Nour El Sherbini.
Sherbini has a tough ask tonight though as she goes up against the defending champion Perry. Perry has done well against the. Egyptian in the past, going on a three match winning streak in 2018-2019. However, since then El Sherbini has hit back to her best form winning their three previous meetings.
The last match of the day sees Egypt's Salma Hany take on USA No.2 Clyne. Hany prevailed in a tough battle against compatriot Rowan Elaraby yesterday, while Clyne received a walkover into the last eight following Gohar's withdrawal.
Matches start at 17:30 local time (GMT+2).
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