Defending women’s champion Nour El Sherbini sawher title challenge at the 2018-2019 CIB PSA World Tour Finals come to an end as group stage action drew to a close on day four of the season-ending tournament currently taking place at Cairo’s Mall of Arabia.
In the women’s event, British Open champion Nouran Gohar continued her superb form to send El Sherbini to a shock group stage exit, recovering from a game down to win 6-11, 11-5, 11-7 and secure top spot in Group B.
The pair come from different parts of Egypt - Gohar from Cairo and El Sherbini from Alexandria - and it was the former, playing in her home city, who established her hard-hitting style on the match to ensure she will face France’s Camille Serme in the semi-finals, which will be a repeat of the British Open final.
“I have so much respect for Nour, and the way she is playing recently is unbelievable,” said 21-year-old Gohar.
“I think there is [a slight rivalry between the different cities in Egypt], especially the club where Nour comes from as it is a big club and has had very good juniors in the past such as ElShorbagy and Nour and they have a really tough game to play against. There is always a rivalry between Cairo and Alexandria, and this competitive thing, I think it’s the main reason we are good at squash in Egypt.”
El Tayeb finished second in Group B after dismantling England’s Sarah-Jane Perry 11-0, 11-5, while Serme dispatched Wales’ Tesni Evans 11-5, 13-11 to ensure she finished second in Group A behind World No.1 Raneem El Welily, who had already qualified for the semis before today.
“From the beginning, I saw that Tesni was not moving as well as usual,” said 30-year-old Serme.
“But she is such a fighter and whatever happened I knew she was going to give it her all in the second. She tried to find some good solutions and it almost worked, it was a good tactic, but I’m happy that I found my solutions in the end. Every match is tough and everyone deserves to be in the semis, but I feel lucky that it’s me and I’m looking forward to tomorrow."
The semi-finals will be played using a best-of-three games format, before the final reverts to the traditional best of five scoring. The semi-final fixtures begin at 19:00 (GMT+2) on June 13, with live action broadcast on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.
Results: CIB PSA World Tour Finals – Women’s Group A Day Four
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Tesni Evans (WAL) 2-0: 11-5, 13-11 (28m)
Results: CIB PSA World Tour Finals – Women’s Group B Day Four
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt  Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 2-1: 6-11, 11-5, 11-7 (33m)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 2-0: 11-0, 11-5 (15m)
Draw – Women’s Semi-Finals: To Be Played June 13th
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v  Camille Serme (FRA)