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Next month's World No.1 Nouran Gohar is in action first.

CIB Black Ball Open Semi Finals: Preview & How To Watch Live

It’s semi finals day of the CIB Black Ball Open as the last four remaining players battle it out for a spot in tomorrow’s final.

Action from both matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV as well as the channels of the PSA's broadcast partners.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow the PSA World Tour on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.


Play in Cairo begins at 20:00 (GMT+2).

In a bumper day of squash action, today’s Canary Wharf Classic quarter finals begin at the same time (18:00 GMT) in London, live on SQUASHTV.

Today’s CIB Black Ball Open Order Of Play

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Joelle King v Nouran Gohar

The day's first semi final pits New Zealand's No.6 seed Joelle King against Egypt's No.2 seed Nouran Gohar

Gohar will go into today's match with every reason to be confident. After beating England's Sarah-Jane Perry in the quarter final, the 24-year-old will start April as World No.1, something she may argue is a just reward for her red-hot form.

The future World No.1 has won three consecutive Platinum tournaments since losing out to current occupier Nour El Sherbini in the Allam British Open final last August, and is undefeated in 2022.

King, though, will certainly not rule herself out. While the 33-year-old former World No.3 is a skilful attacking player, it is her defensive qualities that are so often praised and which will certainly be tested by Gohar's relentless attack.

While the head-to-head record is a fairly even 6-4 in Gohar's favour, the Egyptian has won the last three meetings, with their most recent clash a 3-0 Gohar victory in the semi finals of the Windy City Open just two weeks ago.

King comes into the match having spent more than double the length of time on court than Gohar, having racked up 141 minutes to Gohar's 66.

The Kiwi had to dig in to beat a determined Farida Mohamed in 81 minutes in the second round, with the Egyptian eventually retiring hurt in the fifth game, and sports a scar above her eye having been on the wrong end of Mohamed's racket.

Fortunately for King, her two matches since then have been less stressful affairs. The World No.6 cruised past Nele Gilis and No.4 seed Amanda Sobhy without dropping a game, beating Gilis in 29 minutes and Sobhy in 31.

Gohar, meanwhile, has only played two matches so far. After a routine 3-0 win over Scotland's Lisa Aitken in round two, she was awarded a walkover victory over her third-round opponent Olivia Fiechter, following a pre-match injury to the American.

In yesterday's quarter final, Gohar impressed in beating an in-form Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 in 38 minutes.

SquashLevels make Gohar the overwhelming favourite to reach her first Black Ball final. 'The Terminator' is given a 93 percent chance of success today, with a 3-0 win seen as the most likely result.

Will King prove SquashLevels wrong?

Nour El Sherbini v Rowan Elaraby

In the day's second final, there's an all-Egyptian clash to look forward to.

Defending Black Ball champion Nour El Sherbini will go into today's match itching to reach her fifth final on this court.

No.8 seed Rowan Elaraby, meanwhile, goes into today's match testing uncharted waters. The 21-year-old is appearing in her first semi final on the PSA World Tour and will go into the match hoping that her inexperience at this stage does not temper her elegant and attack-minded game.

The pair's sole meeting on the tour came in this year's Windy City Open, with El Sherbini recording a 3-0 win in just 29 minutes.

Both players come into the match with similar court times to their names.

El Sherbini has spent 115 minutes on court so far and appears to be improving with each match. In round two, ‘The Warrior Princess’ beat Belgium’s Tinne Gilis 3-2 in 55-minutes of see-sawing action, before beating compatriot Hana Ramadan 3-1 in 36 minutes and English World No.11 Georgina Kennedy 3-0 in a mere 24.

Elaraby, meanwhile, has played for a total of 120 minutes. The 21-year-old beat Danielle Letourneau 3-0 in the second round before overcoming spirited wildcard Jana Shiha 3-1 in a tight 61-minuter.

Elaraby put in her best performance of the tournament so far in the quarter final, as she knocked out a strong former World No.3 Nour El Tayeb 3-0 in 33 minutes.

The prediction from SquashLevels may make for tough reading for Elaraby supporters. The World No.9 is given a five percent chance of progressing to the final.

Unsurprisingly given SquashLevels’s forecast for Elaraby, a 3-0 El Sherbini win is the predicted outcome.

Can Elaraby write a David v Goliath story and reach her first final?

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