The semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger was one full of surprises, as all four matches saw the lower-ranked players advance to their respective finals in New York City.
Friday’s matches took place at the Nicol Squash Club, and in the men’s draw, both of the top two seeds were comprehensively beaten on the night, with the unseeded Aly Abou Eleinen and Timothy Brownell making it through to the final at Grand Central on Saturday evening.
Brownell, featured in an all-American contest on semis night, as he took on the tournament’s top seed, Faraz Khan, for a place in the finals. The World No.82 needed just 24 minutes to overcome his compatriot, dropping just 12 points across the entire match in an 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 victory.
He will now play Egypt’s Aly Abou Eleinen, who had already beaten England’s No.7 seed Sam Todd to make it to the last four. In the semi-finals, the Egyptian took down the tournament’s No.2 seed, Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in four games. The pair were level after two, but the Egyptian was able to push on to win both the third and fourth games by tight scorelines to advance to the final.
The women’s top seed was also defeated on Friday evening at Nicol Squash Club in New York, as Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk, who recently moved into the world’s top 50 for the first time, overcame Egypt’s Sana Ibrahim. The Hongkonger lost the first game of their contest, but recovered to win the next three, taking the victory in 31 minutes to advance to the final.
She will now face another Egyptian, in No.6 seed Kenzy Ayman, after the 18-year-old downed No.3 seed Ka Yi Lee in the only five-game battle of the night. The Egyptian lost the first, but fought back to win the next two games confidently, before losing a tight fourth game 11-9 as Lee pushed the match into a decider. Ayman would not be beaten, though, clinching the victory with an 11-8 scoreline in the fifth, to set up a meeting with Yuk in the final.
The finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger take place on Saturday, April 30, and will be held on the glass court at Grand Central Terminal. The action will be streamed live on SQUASHTV, with the winners of tonight’s matches receiving a wildcard place in the Gold level J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, which begins on Sunday, May 1.
Men’s Semi-Final Results: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bt  Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-2, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)
Timothy Brownell (USA) bt  Faraz Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 (24m)
Men’s Final Draw: To Be Played Saturday, April 30
Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) v Timothy Brownell (USA)
Women’s Semi-Final Results: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger
 Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) bt  Sana Ibrahim (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)
 Kenzy Ayman (EGY) bt  Ka Yi Lee (HKG) 3-2: 5-11, 11-8, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8 (50m)
Women’s Final Draw: To Be Played Saturday, April 30
 Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) v  Kenzy Ayman (EGY)