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Today's semi final against Tarek Momen is Paul Coll's first match as World No.1


It's semi finals day at the Windy City Open Presented by the Walter Family, as the remaining players fight for a spot in the final at the University Club of Chicago.

The day's action begins with two all-Egyptian clashes, as Women's World No.1 Nour El Sherbini faces No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy, before Youssef Ibrahim, the last unseeded player in contention, takes on No.6 seed Marwan ElShorbagy.

In the second women's semi final, No.5 seed Joelle King plays World No.2 Nouran Gohar, while No.4 seed Tarek Momen brings the day's play to a close with a match against the newly-crowned World No.1 Paul Coll.

Play begins at 17:00 local time (GMT-6) and you can watch all the action LIVE on SQUASHTV and multiple broadcasters around the world.

You can also keep up to date with all the live scores from the tournament here.

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Order of Play
(All times are local, GMT-6)

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Nour El Sherbini v Hania El Hammamy

The day's first match will pit Alexandria against Cairo, as the World's top player El Sherbini faces World No.3 El Hammamy.

While El Sherbini boasts a stronger overall record, El Hammamy has taken two of the last four matches, with the 21-year-old impressing in a 3-1 victory over El Sherbini in last year's U.S. Open semi final.

El Sherbini will be confident, though, having beaten El Hammamy by the same scoreline in the pair's most recent meeting, in the final of the CIB Squash Open Black Ball 2021.

El Hammamy has enjoyed smoother progress through this year’s tournament. The No.3 seed is yet to drop a game and has spent a total of 83 minutes on court, after convincing against Rachel Arnold and Salma Hany, and looking strong while two games up against Mariam Metwally before an injury forced her opponent from the court.

El Sherbini, meanwhile, has spent 107 minutes on court. The 26-year-old eased past Julianne Courtice and Rowan Elaraby in round two and the quarter final, but was pushed all the way by Tinne Gilis in round three, coming from behind to beat the Belgian in a five-game thriller.

SquashLevels make El Sherbini the firm favourite with a 70 percent win likelihood, but the World No.1 isn't expected to have things her own way, with a 3-2 the predicted result.

Could El Hammamy replicate her Philadelphia form in Chicago?

Marwan ElShorbagy v Youssef Ibrahim

In the first men's semi final, World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy meets World No.17 Youssef Ibrahim.

Both men are in strong form and have taken real scalps in Chicago, with ElShorbagy downing defending champion and top seed Ali Farag and Ibrahim coming from two games down to best Marwan's brother, former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

With just one previous meeting on the tour – a 3-0 win for ElShorbagy in last March's CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open – fans will be eagerly anticipating this matchup.

Fatigue will be no excuse for either player today, with the pair having spent exactly the same time on court so far; 149 minutes.

ElShorbagy impressed in 3-1 and 3-0 victories over Gregoire Marche and Todd Harrity, respectively, before wowing the crowd by coming from behind to beat Farag 3-1.

While his epic third round 3-2 win against Mohamed ElShorbagy lasted 75 minutes, Ibrahim’s other matches have been more comfortable affairs, with the 22-year-old beating Leonel Cardenas 3-1 in the second round and Iker Pajares Bernabeu 3-0 in the quarter final.

SquashLevels struggle to separate the pair, with ElShorbagy the narrow favourite. The No.6 seed is given a 53 percent likelihood of victory, with 3-2 the predicted result.

Can Marwan avenge Mohamed, or will Ibrahim beat his second ElShorbagy?

Joelle King v Nouran Gohar

Two players intimately familiar with each other’s game play in the day’s third semi final.

Today represents the pair’s tenth meeting, with Gohar ending a three-game King winning streak with back-to-back victories in their most recent clashes, a 2-1 win in last year’s CIB PSA World Tour Finals and a 3-1 win here in the PSA World Championship quarter final.

King comes into the match having spent far more time on court than Gohar. The 33-year-old has accumulated 185 minutes of play so far, compared to just 90 for Gohar.

While the Egyptian breezed past Danielle Letourneau, Joshna Chinappa and Georgina Kennedy without dropping a game, King has endured a number of close battles.

Every match of the Kiwi’s run so far has gone to five games, with King edging out Olivia Clyne, Lucy Turmel and World No.4 Amanda Sobhy in tight affairs.

Despite their close head-to-head record, SquashLevels make Gohar the overwhelming favourite to progress, with King given a miserly four percent likelihood of victory. Perhaps unsurprisingly given this prediction, SquashLevels are preparing for a comfortable 3-0 win for the Egyptian.

Can King prove the SquashLevels metrics wrong?

Tarek Momen v Paul Coll

The day’s last match promises to be a must-see affair, pitting former World Champion Tarek Momen against new World No.1 Paul Coll.

While at first glance the two have a close record, Paul Coll’s recent record of four straight wins over the Egyptian will give the Kiwi no end of confidence.

The two go into the match having spent a similar time on court so far, with Momen racking up 164 minutes compared to Coll’s 153 minutes.

Coll is yet to drop a game in Chicago, having seen off British trio James Willstrop, Adrian Waller and Joel Makin to reach this stage.

Momen, meanwhile, looked sharp in impressive victories over Miguel Rodriguez and Omar Mosaad in his first two matches, before coming from behind to beat Egyptian compatriot Fares Dessouky 3-2 in the quarter final.

Given Coll's recent form, SquashLevels make him a strong favourite to reach his second-successive Windy City Open final.

The Kiwi is given an 85 percent chance of winning, with SquashLevels predicting a 3-1 win.

Can Momen spoil Coll’s first match as World No.1?

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