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[1] Raneem El Welily 3-2 [2] Nour El Sherbini          9-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-1, 11-5 (53m)



[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [8] Nouran Gohar       9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 4-11, 15-13 (66m)    
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [3] Joelle King (Nzl)                                 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (34m)

World No.1 Raneem El Welily and reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini will face each other in the final of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open after they defeated World No.8 Nouran Gohar and World No.5 Joelle King, respectively, earlier today.

The two players will face each other in their 11th successive meeting in a PSA World Tour final in the latest instalment of their rivalry as they go head-to-head for the PSA World Tour Gold title.

World No.1 El Welily was pushed all the way to five-games in an enthralling encounter with compatriot and former World No.2 Gohar to reach her 46th PSA final. It was Gohar, who was celebrating her 200th PSA World Tour match, who got off to the better start as she attacked with relentless pressure in the opening exchanges to find her targets quickly and edge out El Welily to take a one-game lead.

Gohar continued her ferocious hitting to put the World No.1 under pressure in the second, however, the experienced El Welily was able to weather the storm to level the scores, before taking a 2-1 advantage. Cairo-born Gohar hit back again though, producing some of her best squash to push the match to a deciding fifth, which El Welily was able to convert on the tie-break to close out a 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 4-11, 15-13 victory in 66 minutes.

She will face compatriot El Sherbini in the final tomorrow after she overcame New Zealandís No.3 seed King in a masterclass performance from the Egyptian. The World No.2, who will play in her third successive PSA World Tour final tomorrow following victories at the Tournament of Champions and PSA World Championships, showed no signs of fatigue from her epic five-game battle with Franceís Camille Serme last night as she stormed to a 2-0 advantage against King.

The Kiwi fought back in the third to take the lead in the game, however, the Egyptian came from behind to take the match on the tie-break and claim an 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 victory in 34 minutes.

1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 [7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (31m)
[8] Nouran Gohar 3-1 Hania El Hammamy   6-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (48m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-2 [5] Camille Serme (Fra) 4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 (64m)


Round 2

[1] Raneem El Welily 3-0 Rowan Elaraby           11-5, 13-11, 11-4 (30m)
[7] Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [9/16] Yathreb Adel 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (24m)
[8] Nouran Gohar 3-0 [9/16] Salma Hany            11-5, 11-3, 11-9 (31m)
[9/16] Hania El Hammamy 3-0[4] Nour El Tayeb 12-10, 12-10, 11-4 (32m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini 3-0 [9/16] Alison Waters (Eng) 11-5, 12-10, 11-3 (27m)

World No.15 Hania El Hammamy as she defeated World No.3 Nour El Tayeb

18-year-old El Hammamy claimed the first major scalp of the day after she downed compatriot El Tayeb, who earlier this month finished runner-up at the PSA World Championships, in straight-games to advance to the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Gold tournament.

Up until today, El Hammamy had never beaten El Tayeb, however, the 18-year-old was unstoppable out on court as she played with confidence beyond her years to condemn an out-of-sorts El Tayeb to a premature exit.

She will now face compatriot and World No.8 Nouran Gohar for a place in the semi-finals after she despatched World No.12 Salma Hany in straight-games to advance.

Elsewhere, top seed and World No.1 Raneem El Welily set up a mouthwatering quarter-final tie with Englandís former World No.1 Laura Massaro after the Egyptian got her tournament off to a winning start against World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby.

The Cairo-based Egyptian got her tournament off to the perfect start as she looked strong on court, taking just 30 minutes to down younger compatriot Elaraby and advance to the last eight.

World No.2 Nour El Sherbini was dominant against Englandís former World No.3 Alison Waters in round two of the Black Ball Open to send the 34-year-old out in the early stages as she stormed to an 11-5, 12-10, 11-3 victory.


Round 1

Rowan Elaraby 3-0 Annie Au (Hkg) *                       11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (32m)
Yathreb Adel * 3-2 Mayar Hany             11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 12-10 (53m)
Salma Hany * 3-1 Nele Gilis (Bel)                  13-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-1 (55m)
Hania El Hammmay * 3-0 [wc] Salma Youssef         11-6, 11-8, 12-10 (31m)
Tesni Evans (Wal) * 3-2 Mariam Metwally 11-9, 11-5, 17-19, 7-11, 11-9 (64m)
Alison Waters (Eng) * 3-1 Zeina Mickawy         11-13, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (37m)

Four Egyptians get through to the round 2

The opening day of action at the 2019 CIB Black Ball Squash Open saw World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby down Hong Kongís World No.11 Annie Au in straight-games as she led the Egyptian charge on the first day in Cairo, Egypt.

Elaraby was one of four Egyptians who all advanced to the last 16 of the PSA World Tour Gold tournament, after she produced one of her best performances to take out the experienced Au at the Black Ball Sporting Club. Elaraby will now face compatriot Raneem El Welily in the next round, with the World No.1 and the other top eight seeds receiving a bye into the second round.

She will be joined by fellow Egyptians Salma Hany, Yathreb Adel and Hania El Hammamy after they all secured victories on the opening day of action in Cairo.

Hany was forced to dig deep to prevail against a tough Nele Gilis of Belgium in four-games, while Adel was taken all the way to five-games by compatriot Mayar Hany in the first match of the day.

They will now face Egyptís World No.8 Nouran Gohar and Englandís former World No.1 Laura Massaro in round two, respectively.

Fellow Egyptian El Hammamy, meanwhile, will face PSA World Championship runner-up Nour El Tayeb for a place in the quarter-finals after she defeated tournament wildcard Salma Youssef in straight-games.

Meanwhile, Welshwoman Tesni Evans prevented a complete Egyptian domination on the first day of action as she survived a scare against World No.24 Mariam Metwally.

Evans went 2-0 up, before a resilient Metwally battled back to level the scores and take the match to a tense deciding fifth. However, the experience of Evans, who last month claimed the British Nationals title, proved vital in the end to close out a 3-2 win. The Welshwoman will now face New Zealandís World No.5 Joelle King in round two tomorrow.


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