Jan. 24, 2018 – New York, NY. Paderborn-based World No.Eight Simon Rösner turned the primary German squash participant ever to attain a PSA World Series last after he shocked World No.1 Gregory Gaultier within the semi-finals of the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions held inside the enduring setting of New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Rösner, 30, reached his maiden World Series semi-final in November’s Qatar Classic, however he surpassed his performances in Doha with a elegant show in opposition to the primary seed, in opposition to whom he had misplaced 16 of their earlier 17 matches. A robust begin from Gaultier led the Frenchman to go a recreation up, however Rösner responded with a show of the very best magnitude to take the following three video games with out reply, claiming a 9-11, 12-10, 11-Eight, 11-1 to trigger one of many largest shocks in Tournament of Champions historical past.
“It’s definitely the biggest win of my career,” mentioned Rösner. “To beat him at this stage and reach the final is amazing. I think I’ve lost to Greg more than 16 times, I think I’ve lost to him about 30 times including the Europeans and World [Team] Championships. “I know I’ve beaten him before, but that was a best-of-three format [during the 2013 PSA World Series Finals] so beating him in a best-of-five is unbelievable. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s the best feeling in the world.”
There is assured to be a brand new title etched onto the lads’s trophy after World No.7 Tarek Momen overcame fellow Egyptian Ali Farag in a five-game, 80-minute marathon to guide a spot in his first Tournament of Champions last. The momentum ebbed and flowed all through the match, with Farag twice recovering from a recreation down, earlier than Momen fought again from Eight-Four behind within the fifth recreation to declare an 11-Three, 2-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-9 triumph to attain his second World Series last.
“To beat Ali is unbelievable, I can’t believe that I was 8-4 down in the fifth and I made it,” mentioned an emotional Momen afterwards. “I was running on fumes and I just kept pushing and believing in myself. I thought that this is my chance and I had to push until the end. I’m so glad I did, now I’m in a second final this season, I can’t believe that I’m having a very good season and I have one more push tomorrow. I’m going to fight until the end and hopefully I can get my first [World Series] title.”
Farag’s first World Series last noticed him raise the distinguished U.S. Open title in October shortly after spouse Nour El Tayeb took the ladies’s title, as they turned the primary married couple in sporting historical past ever to win the identical main sports activities title on the identical day. Farag’s defeat implies that historical past received’t repeat itself in New York, however El Tayeb lives to struggle one other day after claiming a 12-10, 11-6, 11-Three victory in 36 minutes to ship defending champion Camille Serme packing.
“Camille is one of the hardest players to play against,” El Tayeb mentioned. “She’s someone I have learned a lot from and she caught me by surprise, volleying everything and not allowing any balls to pass by. It took me a while to get used to her game, even though we’ve played over 10 times, it’s still hard to get used to her game. “I’m happy I won the first game, it played a crucial part in the match.”
El Tayeb’s last opponent will probably be World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, who superior to a fifth successive PSA World Tour last after recovering from a gradual begin to overcome 2017 runner-up Laura Massaro. An impeccable begin from the English World No.Four noticed her take a 9-Zero lead and energy to an 11-Four victory in recreation one as El Sherbini failed to join along with her attacking pictures and hit a litany of uncharacteristic tins.
However, El Sherbini prevailed in an important second recreation that noticed Massaro squander a recreation ball and the momentum was with the Egyptian participant from that time onwards as she pressed on to document a Four-11, 12-10, 11-Four, 11-Eight victory. ‘At the beginning she was killing everything,” said El Sherbini. “Even though I was sure I was going to lose the first game, I just wanted to get some points and play until the last point. I think the second game was very crucial and I think that’s what made the distinction.”
The winner of each the lads’s and ladies’s tournaments will declare $24,000 in prize cash every, whereas gamers will even be battling it out for max factors for the PSA World Series Standings. Only the highest eight gamers on the PSA World Series Standings will qualify for June’s PSA World Series Finals and a title win for Rösner will see him transfer into the highest three of the lads’s standings, whereas Momen wants to win to retain his place within the high three. Meanwhile, El Sherbini can strengthen her lead on the summit of the ladies’s Standings, whereas a win for El Tayeb will see her transfer stage with World Champion Raneem El Welily in second.
The finals of the 2018 J.P. Tournament of Champions will begin from 19:00 native time (GMT-5) tomorrow and will probably be proven reside on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe solely), in addition to mainstream broadcasters around the globe, together with BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
Results – Semi-Finals: 2018 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
Simon Rösner (GER) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) Three-1: 9-11, 12-10, 11-Eight, 11-1 (69m)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt  Ali Farag (EGY) Three-2: 11-Three, 2-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-9 (80m)
Draw – Men’s Final: To Be Played January 25th
Simon Rösner (GER) v  Tarek Momen (EGY)
Results – Semi-Finals: 2018 Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG) Three-1: Four-11, 12-10, 11-Four, 11-Eight (46m)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt  Camille Serme (FRA) Three-Zero: 12-10, 11-6, 11-Three (36m)
Draw – Women’s Final: To Be Played January 25th
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)