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World Tour Finals Day Three: Player Reaction

Stay tuned as we bring you reaction from the players featuring on the third day of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo.

There are some big matches this evening, with defending champ Hania El Hammamy and Amanda Sobhy starting the evening and a battle between the ElShorbagy brothers to come in the final match of the night.

Schedule
19:00 [2] Hania El Hammamy v [4] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
19:30 [3] Paul Coll (NZL) v [6] Joel Makin (WAL)
20:15 [6] Camille Serme (FRA) v [8] Salma Hany (EGY)
20:45 [8] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [2] Tarek Momen (EGY)
21:30 [5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [7] Joelle King (NZL)
22:00 [5] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)

You can catch all the action live from the Mall of Arabia on SquashTV and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe and Japan).

Keep up with the live scores from the event here.

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El Hammamy On The Brink Of Qualification

A second straight 2-0 victory sees defending World Tour Finals champion Hania El Hammamy move to the brink of qualifying for the knockout stages, depending on results later this evening.

The 2019-2020 winner came up against USA’s Amanda Sobhy in the opening match of day three, after losing five of the first six points of the match, she fought back to win the first game 11-9, before taking the second 11-7 to maintain her perfect record in Group B.

“Today was a very difficult match, even though it was a 2-0 win. I was very uncomfortable playing Amanda, like always, so I am really happy to be able to get the win.” The defending champion said.

“I didn’t have a very good start in the first game but I tried to push myself mentally to find a way back into the game. It is the best-of-three so I had to do it in any possible way. I am known for being 2-0 down and then coming back but in. This tournament, there is no way to do that so I had to find a way.

“I try to come out of the tournament, trying to take the positives. Even though I lose sometimes and I have tough losses, I try and take the positives and that is how I can keep pushing.”

Result
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 2-0: 11-9, 11-7 (30m)

Coll In Prime Position After Beating Makin

Paul Coll (fore) in action against Joel Makin

New Zealand’s World No.4 Paul Coll is close to qualifying for the knockout stages of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, thanks to a last game tie-break victory over Wales’ Joel Makin.

It was the Welshman who took the first game relatively comfortably, but Coll fought back, taking the second game 11-4. The match became scrappy in the decider, and was littered with refereeing decisions, with the Kiwi eventually coming out on top after 64 minutes of play.

“It was a bit of an up-and-down match today, you know. He won the first pretty easily, then I won the second pretty easily and it got scrappy at the end of the third there. Really happy to close it out and to have two wins to start with. Really, really happy to get through that one.” Coll said.

“He is a very tough player, especially in these conditions when it’s hot, he makes it so hard to win a point. I have massive respect for Joel, I don’t think that was our best match we have played, but I am happy to get through and I will try and push on and get another win tomorrow and make it three-for-three in pool play.

“A win today was vital. Obviously, 2-0 would have been better than 2-1, but a win is better than a loss. I was just trying to win today and get two wins on the board.”

Result
[3] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [6] Joel Makin (WAL) 2-1: 6-11, 11-4, 12-10 (64m)

Serme Keeps Semi-Final Hopes Alive

Camille Serme

Frenchwoman Camille Serme kept her chances of making it into the last four alive with a convincing straight games victory over Egypt’s Salma Hany.

The World No.9 was already out of the tournament after losing her first two matches, and Serme was able to make the most of that, allowing the Egyptian to score just six points across the match, which lasted 17 minutes.

Serme know has to wait until tomorrow to find out whether she will be in the last four, where she needed group-topping Nouran Gohar to defeat World Champion Nour El Sherbini for the Frenchwoman to advance.

“I still have on dream, to win the World Championships one day. That is my main dream, my main goal. This tournament is good preparation for the World Championships in three weeks’ time.” Serme said.

“Obviously, I think all the French people love coming here to train. There are so many good players and they always welcome us. They are happy to have us around so it is very nice to come here and train. The crowd, they know squash, they enjoy it.”

Result
[6] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [8] Salma Hany (EGY) 2-0: 11-4, 11-2 (17m)

Momen Survives Against Marche

Tarek Momen (left) and Gregoire Marche (right) in action

He needed to win, he did win. Reigning World Champion Tarek Momen kept his chances of reaching the semi-finals of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals with a third game victory over Frenchman Gregoire Marche.

Having lost to Paul Coll in his opening match, Momen needed to win to keep his hopes alive, and after two tie-breaks, his clash with Marche, the tournament’s No.8 seed, was level. However, ‘the Viper’ came from a 6-3 deficit in the third to win it 11-7, and he now sits 2nd in Group B.

“It was a brutal match mentally because I fought so hard in that second game to come back from 9-5 down. I wanted to close it out 2-0 because every point in this tournament counts and I wanted to get the four points.

“Losing that one [the second game] hurt a bit given that I had match balls and I missed it by a millimetre on two drop shots. It was very frustrating but then I wanted to do what I did against Paul [Coll] so I wanted to come back in the third.

“He turned on an extra gear, made no errors, everything was going where it was supposed to go, and I felt that I was getting outplayed until 6-3. Then I used my experience and I used matches where I was down. I pushed hard to come back, I believed in myself that I could do it and I just had to put in the effort.”

Result
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [8] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 2-1: 13-11, 11-13, 11-7 (65m)

King Secures Semi-Final Spot

Joelle King (fore) after the final rally against Sarah-Jane Perry (back)

With a victory over Sarah-Jane Perry, New Zealand’s Joelle King has secured her place in the last four of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, thanks to winning both of her pool matches so far.

King needed just over half an hour to secure the victory, which included a win in a first game tie-break. She will face Hania El Hammamy in her final pool match tomorrow, with the pair both through, and battling it out for top spot in Group B.

“SJ and I live an hour and a half away from each other so we play a lot of practice matches together obviously it is always different when you step on court in a tournament situation but it is nice to be familiar with the players you are playing against, you know, although everyone is improving so you have to keep learning and seeing what improvements they are doing,” King explained.

“Theres a lot of people to thank, out on court it is the player but there are a lot of people behind me in England who are working on these things with me. It has definitely not been a strength in the past and I definitely have Hadrian [Stiff], Laura and Danny [Massaro] to thank for that.

“Playing Hania tomorrow and we are both in the same situation. We have both won two matches so it just brings a new challenge. I go out on court every time to win, so I will give it my all tomorrow.”

Result
[7] Joelle King (NZL) bt [5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 2-0: 12-10, 11-7 (32m)

Here’s how the women’s groups look after the third day’s play in Cairo.

Hania El Hammamy and Joelle King are through from Group B and will battle it out for top spot on Friday, while Nouran Gohar is the sole player through from Group A, with both Nour El Sherbini and Camille Serme in with a shot of the last four.

Marwan Downs Mohamed In ElShorbagy Battle

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Marwan ElShorbagy got the better of his older brother, Mohamed, in the last match of the evening, winning 2-1 in a quick-fire encounter.

After winning the first game, Mohamed secured a spot in the last four, before Marwan came back to win the second and third games with ease to take the win.

“Today’s match was a little bit different of course. I knew my brother only needed one game to qualify so I knew as soon as he won the first game, things were different for him, he was a bit more relaxed knowing he was qualified.

“I had a tough night last night, very disappointing. I just had to try and stay as professional as possible in the match, keep my focus as much as possible, and it was just another match with my brother. It is always tough to play him. The conditions were a little bit different today, because, as I said he needed just one game. Now I am hoping for a result tomorrow.

“It is a tough group. I beat the World No.1 and World No.2 and I still don’t know whether I have qualified or not. I have enjoyed being part of that group and being a part of the World Tour Finals. Karim [Darwish] does a great job, very good organisation.”

Result
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [5] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 2-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-4 (24m)

Here is how the men’s groups stand with a day to go in Cairo.

Only Mohamed ElShorbagy is through to the last four in the men’s event while a win for Mostafa Asal would see him through to the semi-finals in Group A. Group B could see all four men make it into the knockout stages, with all four playing tomorrow.

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