Semi-final victories for the world’s top four squash players – Raneem El Welily, Nour El Sherbini, Ali Farag and Mohamed Elshorbagy – mean Egypt will be guaranteed the men’s and women’s titles tomorrow at the DPD Open in the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
Men’s world champion Farag beat Germany’s world number four Simon Rösner to earn a place in the final of the Professional Squash Association World Tour Gold event against former world champion and current world number two Elshorbagy, who defeated compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad in his semi-final.
Women’s world number one El Welily won a five-game match against fellow Egyptian Nour El Tayeb and now faces world champion Nour El Sherbini, who won her semi-final against France’s Camille Serme, also over five games.
Farag was in top form to despatch Germany’s Rösner in straight games in 38 minutes and progress to his eighth PSA final of the season.
Meanwhile, Elshorbagy played out a high-quality match with former world number one Gawad to reach his second successive final after winning the Grasshopper Cup earlier this month.
The two players brought the crowd to their feet on numerous occasions as Elshorbagy earned an 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9 victory.
El Welily avenged her defeat to El Tayeb at February’s PSA World Championships by winning 11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 11-2, 12-10 reach her 47th PSA final.
“Nour played really well and maybe better than me in some parts of the match,” said the world number one.
“I just hung in there and tried to push myself to fight until the end and I live to see another day.”
El Welily and El Sherbini will contest their 12th successive PSA final after the latter overcame Serme 11-9, 11-4, 2-11, 3-11, 11-6.