The women’s final will feature France’s Camille Serme and Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini after they claimed semi-final wins over World No.3 Nouran Gohar and World No.6 Joelle King.
World No.5 Serme, who beat England’s Laura Massaro to win the 2017 Tournament of Champions, overturned five match balls against Gohar to follow up her quarter-final upset of World No.1 Raneem El Welily.
The Frenchwoman initially struggled with the intensity of Gohar’s hitting, but played some immaculate squash to send the match to a fifth game after twice falling a game behind. She then showcased her resilient side to withstand Gohar’s efforts to close out the match, and finally claimed victory on the third of her match balls in the tie-break.
“I’m speechless,” said Serme afterwards.
“Nouran is always such a fighter and her nickname ‘The Terminator’ is such a good nickname because she just hits the ball so hard all the time. It’s funny because I don’t usually see her tired, but today I could see some signs and I thought maybe I could see a chance. So many things happened in my head during the match, I can’t believe I won, I was 10-7 down in the fifth, but I believed.”
Serme has now beaten four Egyptian players en route to the final – with three of those matches going to five games – and she will take on yet another player from that nation when she looks to end a four-match losing streak to El Sherbini.
El Sherbini is aiming to become the first woman to win four Tournament of Champions titles and she booked her final berth after axing King by an 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-3 margin.
The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions finals begin at 19:00 (GMT-5) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour, in addition to mainstream broadcasters such as BT Sport and Sky Sport NZ.
Grand Central will also host the first ever RAM Champion challenge, with legendary players Ramy Ashour and Nick Matthew competing in an exhibition match under a RAM scoring format at 17:00. That match will be shown live on SQUASHTV, the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour and the PSASQUASHTV YouTube channel.