The semi-finals of the El Gouna International Squash Open take place today, with action beginning at 18:30 (GMT+2) at the El Gouna Conference & Culture Centre as the tournament comes towards its conclusion.
The women’s semi-finals see World No.1 Nour El Sherbini take on compatriot Hania El Hammamy, while US No.1 Amanda Sobhy takes on World No.2 Nouran Gohar. In the men’s semis, top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy does battle with Fares Dessouky, after Paul Coll and Tarek Momen aim to reach the final.
You can catch all the action live from the Conference & Culture Centre on SquashTV (all countries), the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian sub-continent only) and multiple broadcasters around the world.
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 match of the evening sees USA’s World No.5 Amanda Sobhy take on World No.2 Nouran Gohar for a place in the final of the El Gouna International.
Sobhy holds the 6-2 advantage from their previous eight matches, but the Egyptian took victory at their most recent contest, which came at the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family in 2020. The pair have faced off in one semi-final, dating back to the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in 2016, which the American won in straight games.
Sobhy has spent 113 minutes on court so far, dropping two games across her three matches. She got the better of Canadian No.2 Danielle Letourneau in the second round, before being Lucy Turmel in straight games in the last 16. The World No.5 then came up against World No.9 Salma Hany in the quarters, winning 3-1 to book her place in the last four.
Gohar has spent just a minute more on court so far this week, after starting with a convincing win over compatriot Zeina Mickawy. She then overcame Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam before beating Rowan Elaraby in four-games in the quarter-finals.
The pair currently sit #2 and #3 in the SquashLevels Power Ratings, with Sobhy holding a narrow advantage in terms of her level. The American has a 53% win likelihood for tonight’s match according to their algorithms.
Can Sobhy make it through to a second straight final, after reaching the last match at the Black Ball Open in March? Or will Gohar make the final on home soil?
The first men’s semi-final is a repeat of the 2019 World Championship final, as Paul Coll takes on the reigning World Champion, Tarek Momen.
The pair have met ten times on the PSA World Tour since 2016, with both having won five times. Coll has won the most recent couple of those battles, including a five-game thriller at he Manchester Open in September, but the pair have never done battle in the last four of an event.
Momen comes into this semi-final having not dropped a game so far in the tournament. He has gotten the better of Iker Pajares Bernabeu, Mazen Hesham and Gregoire Marche, all in straight games, and he has spent 123 minutes on court.
The Kiwi has been on court for 19 minutes longer, thanks to a 52-minute four-game battle with World No.6 Karim Abdel Gawad in the quarter-finals. Coll got the better of Youssef Soliman and Victor Crouin in the earlier rounds.
Coll sits a #2 on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, while Momen is currently the #5. The algorithm expects it to be close, with the New Zealander expected to take a 3-2 victory.
Will Momen advance to the final on Egyptian soil? Or can Paul Coll exact more revenge from the World Championship final and down ‘the Viper’?
The second women’s semi-final sees world No.1 Nour El Sherbini take on World No.7 Hania El Hammamy, in a repeat of the 2020 Black Ball Open final.
That remains her only victory over the four-time World Champion, with El Sherbini having taken the spoils in their other three matches, including in the semis of the Women’s World Championship in October 2019.
The ‘Warrior Princess’ has only spent 61 minutes on court, after receiving a walkover through the third round, as Yathreb Adel withdrew from the event. Either side of that, the Egyptian defeated compatriot Farida Mohamed and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry to reach the last four.
El Hammamy started her campaign against Welshwoman Emily Whitlock, before getting the better of Nada Abbas and Camille Serme in four-game battles to reach the semi-finals in El Gouna.
Unsurprisingly, El Sherbini is the #1 on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, due to her incredible form. Meanwhile, El Hammamy sits at #4, but she is expected to lose 3-1 to the ‘Warrior Princess’ this evening.
Can El Hammamy produce another epic performance and shock the world? Or will El Sherbini reach yet another major final?
The last match of the evening sees World No.2, and tournament top seed, Mohamed ElShorbagy, takes on World No.7 Fares Dessouky, for the remaining spot in the men’s final.
The pair have done battle four times on the PSA World Tour, with ElShorbagy having claimed the victory in three of those contests. However, their last meeting saw Dessouky come out successful, and that was in El Gouna two years ago.
Both men went through dramatic matches with lengthy delays last night, with their match times being extended by some margins. ElShorbagy had to change venues for his clash with Joel Makin, while Dessouky and Asal had a delay after their first game due to a medical emergency to video referee Ralf Harenberg.
The ‘Beast from Alexandria’ started his campaign on the glass court against Scottish No.1 Greg Lobban, before then overcoming a tough test against Frenchman Greg Lobban. His clash against Joel Makin ended 158 minutes after it started, with approximately 80 minutes of that coming on court, as he downed the Welshman in a deciding game.
On the other side of his contest, Dessouky took out former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, before then getting the better of England’s Patrick Rooney. Following the delay in his encounter with Mostafa Asal, ‘Fearless Fares’ had to come from two games down to win 3-2 o book his spot in the last four.
Due to his form recently, Dessouky currently sits above ElShorbagy in the SquashLevels Power Ratings, and the algorithm expects him to down the World No.2.
Can Dessouky produce the goods to take out the top seed? Or can ElShorbagy make it into the final as he tries to close to gap at the top of the World Rankings?