The CIB Egyptian Open semi finals begin today at 18:15 (GMT+2), live from the Pyramids of Giza as the final eight players compete for their share of the highest ever Platinum prize fund!
World No.1 and defending champion Nour El Sherbini takes on French No.3 seed Camille Serme in the first women’s semi final, before the USA’s Amanda Sobhy challenges last year’s runner up, Nouran Gohar.
In the men’s draw, top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy faces Egyptian compatriot Tarek Momen, while the day’s play ends with a repeat of last month’s British Open final, as World No.1 Ali Farag seeks revenge against New Zealand’s Paul Coll.
You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.
Here's the Order of Play for tonight
(All times are local GMT+2)
The day's first match sees Egypt's World No.1 Nour El Sherbini take on France's World No.4 Camille Serme for a place in CIB Egyptian Open final.
The pair have played 25 times before, with El Sherbini holding a 15-10 advantage. Serme, though, will take confidence from their last meeting, a 2-1 victory for the 32-year-old in the CIB PSA World Tour Finals in June.
El Sherbini has been on top form throughout this tournament and has spent just 79 minutes on court throughout her run to the semis. She beat Emily Whitlock, Danielle Letourneau and Farida Mohamed without dropping a single game to reach this match.
Serme, too, has impressed. She beat Yathreb Adel 3-0 in 17 minutes in her first match and came from a game down to beat Lisa Aitken 3-1 in her second. She should go into today's clash relatively fresh, as her quarter-final opponent Rowan Elaraby struggled with an injury, leading to a relatively relaxed win for the 32-year-old.
Despite only three places separating them in the world rankings, such is El Sherbini's form that the SquashLevels Power Ratings give her a whopping 81 percent likelihood of victory.
Can Serme upset those odds?
Former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy battles it out with last year's runner up Tarek Momen in the first men's semi final.
'The Beast' goes into this match with a formidable record against Momen, having won 19 of their 24 matches, including every one of the last six encounters.
After appearing to be out of sorts at the British Open, ElShorbagy has looked back to his devastating best in Egypt. He produced a crushing performance in his quarter-final match against training partner Eain Yow Ng, dominating court and opponent in a 3-0 victory. He came through the earlier rounds in similar fashion, beating Baptiste Masotti in round two and Karim El Hammamy in round three without dropping a game.
Momen, meanwhile, may look to his powers of recovery to find a way through. The 33-year-old came from a game down to beat Youssef Soliman 3-1 in round two and did the same against Zahed Salem in the quarter final.
Despite ElShorbagy’s superior record, SquashLevels cannot separate the two, giving each a 50-50 chance of making the final.
Will this one go down to the wire?
In the second women’s semi final, fourth seed Amanda Sobhy meets second seed Nouran Gohar.
The 28-year-old goes into the match with a 6-3 record against Gohar, although the 23-year-old has had the better of the last two meetings, a pair of 3-0 wins in the 2021 El Gouna Open and the 2020 Windy City Open.
Both players have spent similar lengths of time on court. Sobhy beat Milou van der Heijden 3-0 in 25 minutes in round two before coming from two games down to beat American compatriot Olivia Clyne in 57 minutes. Her quarter-final match was a simpler affair, she beat a struggling Salma Hany 3-0 in 27 minutes to go into today’s match with 109 minutes under her belt.
Gohar, meanwhile, has played a total of 103 minutes. She beat Hollie Naughton and Nada Abbas 3-0 in rounds two and three, before showing her devastating power and accuracy in a 3-1 quarter-final win over fellow Egyptian and World No.5 Hania El Hammamy.
According to SquashLevels, anything besides a comfortable Gohar win would constitute an upset, with 'The Terminator' given a 79 percent probability of victory.
Will Gohar be back in the final?
The day's play concludes with arguably the most fascinating match of the tournament, as old foes Paul Coll and Ali Farag clash once again.
While Farag may boast an eye-watering 13-2 record against Coll, the Kiwi will be going into this match full of confidence after upsetting the odds to beat Farag 3-1 in last month's British Open final.
The Egyptian, though, has inflicted plenty of pain on Coll over the years and will back himself to add to this. He beat Coll in two finals last year, the Qatar Classic and the Windy City Open, and knocked Coll out at this stage of the 2019 Egyptian Open.
Both players go into today's meeting looking sharp. Coll beat Raphael Kandra 3-0 in the second round before clinching an 87-minute epic 3-2 against Mohamed Abouelghar in the third round. Often lauded as one of the game's fittest players, Coll showed no signs of fatigue in the quarter final, where he produced his best performance of the tournament to beat No.5 seed Marwan ElShorbagy.
While Coll has spent 171 minutes on court, Farag has spent only 110. The 29-year-old has cruised through this tournament, seeing off Gregoire Marche in three games, while his round two opponent, Mohamed ElSherbini, was forced to retire injured when two games down. Although Farag was made to work hard by the mercurial talents of fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham in the quarter final, he adapted to the blustery conditions expertly to seal another 3-0 win.
With both men in such excellent form, it is no surprise that SquashLevels predicts an even encounter. World No.1 Farag has been given a minor edge, with a 56 percent probability of victory.
Will revenge be on the cards for Farag? Or will Coll inflict a second major defeat in as many months?