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TOC Semi-Finals: Preview & How To Watch Live

It's semi-finals day of the Tournament of Champions, as the last players remaining go all out for a spot in the final, under the chandeliers of New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

For the home crowd, there are two players to root for. In the day's first match, women's No.5 seed Olivia Fiechter, who last night mounted a thrilling comeback to down No.4 seed Rowan Elaraby, faces Egypt's World No.1 Nouran Gohar.

Their match is immediately followed by the second women's semi-final, as US No.1 and No.2 seed Amanda Sobhy goes up against Egyptian No.3 seed Salma Hany.

There's an all-Egyptian clash in the first men's semi-final, as top seed Ali Farag plays No.3 seed Mazen Hesham. This is followed by Peru's No.2 seed Diego Elias taking on India's No.7 seed Saurav Ghosal, who mounted an exciting comeback of his own last night in a 3-2 win over Youssef Ibrahim.

Play begins at 17:00 (GMT-4) and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV and our broadcast partners around the world.

We’ll also have news and video clips throughout the event available on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube channels.

Today's Order Of Play (all times local, GMT-4)

Nouran Gohar v Olivia Fiechter

In the day's first match, World No.1 Gohar will be looking to record her fifth consecutive tour final, having made the final of every tournament she's entered in 2022.

World No.10 Fiechter, meanwhile, is appearing in her first World Tour semi-final since the Cincinnati Gaynor Cup in February of this year, where she lost 3-0 in the final to her opponent today.

That match was only the second meeting between the pair, with Gohar beating Fiechter by the same scoreline in the semi-finals of last year's U.S. Open.

After losing in the final of the British Open last month, Gohar has looked back to her dominant best in New York.

The 24-year-old has spent a total of just 54 minutes on court, having dispatched Canada’s Danielle Letourneau 3-0 in the second round before beating Letourneau’s compatriot Hollie Naughton in the quarter-final by the same scoreline.

Fiechter, meanwhile, has enjoyed a less straightforward route through to today’s match.

The 26-year-old has spent more than double the amount of time on court as Gohar, racking up 117 minutes on court after tense 3-2 wins over Sivasangari Subramaniam and Rowan Elaraby.

According to SquashLevels' predictions, anything bar a comfortable Gohar victory would represent a huge upset. The Egyptian is given a sizeable 95 percent chance of victory, with 3-0 the foreseen result.

Can Fiechter upset the odds?

Salma Hany v Amanda Sobhy

In the second women's semi-final, US No.1 Sobhy comes up against Egypt's Hany for the sixth time.

The head-to-head record makes for troubling reading for the Egyptian, with Sobhy winning every match and Hany picking up just two games across them.

Like Gohar, Sobhy comes into today’s match having avoided dropping a game, with the World No.4 beating Egyptian duo Farida Mohamed and Nada Abbas in a total of 61 minutes.

Hany has spent a similar amount of time on court, with her 3-1 win over Hong King’s Chan Sin Yuk and her quick 3-0 win against the USA’s Olivia Clyne adding up to a total of 68 minutes.

Sobhy is made the strong favourite by SquashLevels, with the American given a 78 percent chance of victory and 3-1 seen as the most likely result.

Will Hany find her first win over the American?

Ali Farag v Mazen Hesham

Egyptian pair Farag and Hesham need no introduction to each other. Today's match will be the third time they have met in 2022 and their 12th in total, with the last match a 3-1 Farag win in last month's British Open.

Matches between these two are always entertaining affairs, with the attacking instincts of Farag and Hesham in particular creating no shortage of drama.

Despite his mercurial range of skills, Hesham has found it difficult to find a way past his compatriot. Of the pair's 11 meetings, Hesham has a solitary victory, a 3-0 win in the 2015 Qatar Classic.

Both men have looked in fine form in New York.

Farag is yet to drop a game, having beaten England’s James Willstrop and Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez in a total of 61 minutes.

Hesham, meanwhile, has dropped just one game and has spent 80 minutes on court. After beating US men’s No.1 Shahjahan Khan 3-0, Hesham overcame France’s Victor Crouin 3-1 in an entertaining quarter-final.

SquashLevels predict a win for Farag, though Hesham is expected to push the former World No.1 hard.

A 3-1 is the expected result, with Farag given an 85 percent chance of victory.

Can Hesham pick up a long-awaited win?

Diego Elias v Saurav Ghosal

In the day’s final match, India’s Ghosal will look to reach his first ever Gold-level final. Standing in his way, though, is the formidable Elias, who is currently ranked a career-best World No.5.

With tonight’s match being the first between the two in four years, today promises to be an intriguing affair. The pair have a 2-2 head-to-head record, though Elias may take confidence from winning the last two meetings.

To reach today’s semi-final, Elias impressed as he overcame the promising Egyptian Moustafa El Sirty 3-0 and France’s No.4 seed Gregoire Marche 3-1 for a total of 80 minutes.

Ghosal, meanwhile, has played more squash at this year’s ToC than any other player left standing. The 35-year-old beat the USA’s Timothy Brownell 3-0 in 47 minutes, before an exciting come-from-behind victory against Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim in 72 minutes.

In the last semi-final, SquashLevels make their third 3-1 prediction of the day. Elias is expected to be the victor in Grand Central Terminal, with the Peruvian given an 84 percent chance of winning.

Will Ghosal's run continue? Or, after his intense quarter-final, will the Indian run out of steam?

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