Egypt’s Tarek Momen and France’s Camille Serme are into the semi-finals of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Oracle NetSuite Open 2019 after winning their quarter-final matches at Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco.
World number three Momen came from behind in his last eight clash with Wales' Joel Makin to take the victory in this PSA World Tour Gold event.
Makin took his opportunities in the first game as he won 11-7, however "The Viper"came out fighting to start the second as he won the first four points to take control.
Makin battled back to level it at 5-5, but six straight points for the Egyptian sent the match into a deciding game.
Momen took the early advantage in the third, running into a 5-1 lead and this time it would not be one he would relinquish, as he went on to book his place in the semi finals.
2At the end of the game, it seemed like I could not put the ball away - wherever I put it, he just dived and got it, and it made me a bit edgy," Momen said.
"It was a tough match because Joel has been a rising star on the tour.
"His physicality is unbelievable and he has been improving his game which makes him harder to beat.
"I am happy with the way I played after the first game, it is best-of-three and you cannot lose focus.
"I did not start as sharp as I wanted, but I am very happy to have been able to have got back into a rhythm, and it was a pretty exciting match for the crowd as well.
"t is always a pleasure to make it all the way.
"We [along with wife Raneem El Welily] are still looking for that double final appearance, but let’s just take it one day at a time."
The Egyptian is set to face Colombia’s world number nine Miguel Rodriguez in the last four after he defeated Scotland’s Alan Clyne in straight games in the final match of the night.
In the women’s draw, Serme got the better of world number nine Tesni Evans to reach the last four.
The world number three had never lost to the Welshwoman on the PSA World Tour prior to this clash, having been successful in all ten of their previous meetings.
Once again here, it was the Frenchwoman that started the stronger as she raced out into a 9-4 lead in the first, however, Evans then won the next six points to lead 10-9.
Both women then had to save game balls, as it went deep into a tie-break before Serme took it 15-13.
Evans got the advantage in the second, leading 8-5 at one point, only for the Frenchwoman to come fighting back to win it 11-9, booking her place in the semi finals, before saying conditions on the court had prevented her from playing her best game.
"To be honest, it is cold right now, even though we have been running around - I know it is the same conditions for all the players, but it is tough, it is not easy to get your targets in the back," Serme said.
"I was just trying to stay positive despite the conditions – if you find a good shot, it is pretty hard to get it back.
"She had some amazing shots that, even though, I felt good with my legs, I could not get to it because it is so dead on court.
"I was a bit lucky with some bounces as well, but I am glad to be through."
Serme is due to face Egypt’s world number five Nour El Tayeb tomorrow night, who progressed to the semis following the withdrawal of United States' Amanda Sobhy due to an adductor injury.