It’s semi-finals night in San Francisco as the world’s leading squash players compete for a place in the Oracle Netsuite Open title deciders on Embarcadero Plaza.
Top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on Allam British Open champion Paul Coll in the first match of the evening at 18:45 (GMT-7), before surprise semi-finalists Salma Hany and Joelle King go head-to-head in the first women’s match.
Mostafa Asal and Ali Farag then follow them onto court, with US No.1 Amanda Sobhy and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry bringing proceedings to a close at 21:00.
You can watch all the action live from the San Francisco on SQUASHTV.
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-7)
The latest chapter in the Mohamed ElShorbagy and Paul Coll rivalry will see the former look to avenge a 3-0 defeat to the Kiwi in the semi-finals of last month’s Allam British Open.
That win ended a run of four successive defeats for the Kiwi, who then went on to take out World No.1 Ali Farag in the title decider.
ElShorbagy has history at this tournament after wins in 2017 and 2019, while Coll is making his debut at the PSA World Tour Gold event this week.
ElShorbagy has spent more time than Coll on court so far at this event, amassing 105 minutes, while Coll has 76 minutes of action under his belt, including a win over ElShorbagy’s younger brother, Marwan, in the previous round.
SquashLevels predict that Coll will take out the Beast once again, this time by a 2-1 scoreline.
However, with only a 54% win likelihood, The Beast cannot be counted out.
Egypt’s Salma Hany and New Zealand’s Joelle King are next on, with neither player seeded to reach the last four.
There is just one place separating the pair in the PSA World Rankings and World No.9 Hany overcame top seed Nouran Gohar in the quarter-finals to book a spot in the Oracle Netsuite Open semis for the first time. King, meanwhile, upset World No.5 Hania El Hammamy.
Hany and King have only met twice on the PSA World Tour with one win apiece. Hany got the better of her Kiwi counterpart the last time they played, coming back from two games down to knock King out of the 2020 CIB Egyptian Open.
That was in contrast to a 3-0 win for King at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions early that year.
According to SquashLevels, King will become the second Kiwi to earn her place in the title decider courtesy of a 2-1 triumph.
Hany has impressed so far in San Francisco though and will be eyeing up another upset.
The second men’s match of the evening will see Mostafa Asal and Ali Farag go head-to-head and Asal will be hoping the form book goes out of the window given that Farag has won seven of their eight PSA World Tour fixtures.
Asal can take heart from the nature of his sole victory over the World No.1 – a 2-0 victory during June’s CIB PSA World Tour Finals, which Asal went on to win.
Given tonight’s semi-finals also use the best-of-three games format, it could give Asal a significant advantage.
Farag did win their last match – a five-game battle at the Allam British Open last month – but Asal did hold a 2-1 lead in that match, a scoreline that would have resulted in victory had it been played using the best of three format.
However, SquashLevels predict Farag will have too much for Asal to handle, potentially setting up a British Open final rematch with Coll.
Asal is going from strength to strength though and will look to make a fast start in order to unsettle the world’s top player.
Bringing play to a close are two former champions in Sarah-Jane Perry and Amanda Sobhy, the latter of whom will have her home crowd cheering her on.
Perry – a victor in 2017 and 2018 – won their last match which, like Asal’s win over Farag, came under best of three scoring at the World Tour Finals.
Sobhy has had the better of the majority of their encounters though, with six wins to Perry’s four, including a win in the 2015 Oracle NetSuite Open final, which saw the Boston native become the inaugural women’s champion.
Perry is the most successful woman ever at this tournament though, and the World No.7 will be hoping that San Francisco is her lucky city once again.
SquashLevels are backing Sobhy to take the win, but it will certainly be all to play for in the final fixture of the evening.