The final of the 2022 CIB Black Ball Open takes place at Cairo’s Black Ball Sporting Club today from 20:00 (GMT+2) as the world’s top two women – Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar – go head-to-head for the PSA World Tour Platinum title.
You can also keep up with the live scores from the final here.
Here's the Order of Play for tonight
(All times are local GMT+2)
Defending champion El Sherbini meets first-time Black Ball Open finalist Gohar for the 20th time on the PSA World Tour this evening.
El Sherbini has won 14 of their previous 19 matches, though Gohar did triumph in their most recent meeting, which came at the CIB Egyptian Open in September, 2021.
It will be the eighth PSA final that the pair have contested on the tour, with El Sherbini winning six of their seven previous title deciders. Since that win at the Egyptian Open, however, Gohar has been in red-hot form and has won the previous three Platinum events, comprising the Egyptian Open, U.S. Open and Windy City Open.
That Windy City Open triumph saw Gohar become the first player since Nicol David in 2015 to go through a Platinum event without losing a game. ’The Terminator’ hadn’t dropped a single game since December before Joelle King managed to inflict an opening-game defeat upon the Egyptian in their semi final encounter last night.
Those aforementioned title wins have secured Gohar the World No.1 ranking for the second time in her career, and she will overtake El Sherbini on April 1. El Sherbini is the form player at the Black Ball Sporting Club though, having won the Platinum event this time last year as well as the Gold event in December.
However, our friends at Squash Levels are predicting that this one will go the way of Gohar and give her a 77% likelihood of capturing a fourth Platinum trophy on the bounce to underline her status as the woman to beat.
Watch how they got in their semi final fixtures below: