January 23, 2018 – New York, NY. Egyptian couple Nour El Tayeb and Ali Farag each superior into the semi-finals of the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after claiming big wins over World Champion Raneem El Welily and three-time winner Ramy Ashour, respectively, on day six of the PSA World Series event going down below the chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in New York.
El Tayeb and Farag made historical past in October’s U.S. Open as they grew to become the primary married couple in sporting historical past ever to win the identical main sports activities title on the identical day and so they each stay on the right track to problem for honors in New York. World No.7 El Tayeb, who beat El Welily within the U.S. Open title decider, went a sport all the way down to the reigning World Champion however battled again in a high-quality 43-minute affair, which she took in a 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-Eight scoreline. “If someone would have told me that we [El Tayeb and Farag] would both come out as winners, I wouldn’t have believed it,” El Tayeb stated. “Raneem is certainly one of my idols. I study loads from her on and off the court docket; she’s essentially the most swish, most proficient Egyptian feminine squash participant.”
“I got so nervous in Ali’s match, it took me a while to get this match going and against someone like Raneem, I can’t afford to start late. I saw how Ali studied his game and was preparing for the match and I tried to do that like him. I hope he’s happy with my performance today and hopefully we can keep it up tomorrow.”
Farag, in the meantime, ended Ashour’s 12-match unbeaten run at Grand Central Terminal to succeed in the semi-finals of this event for the primary time in his profession, inflicting a primary Tournament of Champions defeat upon Ashour since 2010. The duo final met within the closing of the China Open in August, when it was Ashour who got here out on prime in an exhilarating five-game encounter that noticed the pair placed on a free-flowing squash masterclass. But this time round it was Farag who triumphed 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5 in a scrappy match that did not stay as much as the massive expectation surrounding it.
“Describing Ramy as tricky is an understatement,” stated Farag. “On his day he’s the perfect participant on Tour and everybody is aware of that. “I simply tried to forgot about who I used to be taking part in. At occasions, I have a look at him because the squash God and due to that I generally neglect to play my very own sport, so in the present day an important factor was to focus alone sport plan that was devised by my crew and I feel it went properly.”
Farag will line up towards countryman Tarek Momen within the final 4 after the World No.7 halted the giant-killing run of Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly. Cuskelly prompted one of many shocks of the event when he ended World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy’s 21-match unbeaten run within the earlier spherical, but it surely was a distinct story towards Momen as he struggled to search out the impeccable size he was hitting towards the World No.2 in spherical two, whereas Momen hit an unimaginable 23 winners en path to a Three-Zero victory.
“I’m very glad to get through tonight in three games because it was the last session and you don’t get enough recovery from now on,” stated Momen, the husband of El Welily. “I’m very happy with the way I played. Ryan is a very dangerous player, he took out the number two seed and the World Champion, it was an impressive win and I knew I had to have all my horses ready.”
The different males’s semi-final will see French World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and Germany’s Simon Rösner go head-to-head after yesterday’s wins over England’s Nick Matthew and Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller, respectively, whereas Gaultier’s compatriot – Camille Serme – moved into the final 4 of the ladies’s occasion with a Three-1 win over 2014 winner Nicol David.
Serme, who recovered from 2-1 all the way down to beat Australia’s Donna Urquhart within the earlier spherical, had by no means crushed David in 16 makes an attempt till a momentous victory over the eight-time World Champion throughout November’s Hong Kong Open. David had the higher of the early phases because the Malaysian opened up a one-game lead, however Serme fought again, edging a tie-break to take the second earlier than successful an additional two video games with out reply to seal a 2-11, 12-10, 11-Eight, 11-5 triumph in 50 minutes that can see her tackle El Tayeb for a spot within the closing. “Nicol was so strong in the first game, I wasn’t ready,” stated Serme. “The match from yesterday was nonetheless in my legs and in my head as properly. It was such a giant combat in the present day, mentally I needed to push very far and I’m simply completely satisfied I got here again.”
The different ladies’s semi-final fixture will see World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and final yr’s runner-up Laura Massaro lock horns after respective wins over World No.Eight Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.5 Nouran Gohar.
Semi-final motion begins tomorrow from 17:00 native time (GMT-5) and will probably be proven stay on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe solely) and mainstream broadcasters around the globe, together with BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
Results – Quarter-Finals (Bottom Half): 2018 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt Ramy Ashour (EGY) Three-1: 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5 (67m)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) Three-Zero: 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (39m)
Draw – Men’s Semi-Finals: To Be Played January 24th
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Simon Rösner (GER)
 Ali Farag (EGY) v  Tarek Momen (EGY)
Results – Quarter-Finals: 2018 Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) Three-Zero: 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (33m)
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Nouran Gohar (EGY) Three-Zero: 11-6, 11-Eight, 11-Eight (39m)
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Nicol David (MAS) Three-1: 2-11, 12-10, 11-Eight, 11-5 (50m)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Raneem El Welily (EGY) Three-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-Eight (43m)
Draw – Women’s Semi-Finals: To Be Played January 24th
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v  Laura Massaro (ENG)
 Camille Serme (FRA) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)