Raneem El Welily 3-2
 Nour El Sherbini
9-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-1, 11-5 (53m)
Raneem El Welily 3-0  Nouran
Gohar 9-11, 11-7,
11-5, 4-11, 15-13 (66m)
 Nour El Sherbini 3-0 
Joelle King (Nzl)
11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (34m)
No.1 Raneem El Welily and reigning World Champion Nour El
Sherbini will face each other in the final of the CIB Black
Ball Squash Open after they defeated World No.8 Nouran Gohar and
World No.5 Joelle King, respectively, earlier today.
The two players will face each other in their 11th successive
meeting in a PSA World Tour final in the latest instalment of
their rivalry as they go head-to-head for the PSA World Tour
World No.1 El Welily was pushed all the way to five-games in an
enthralling encounter with compatriot and former World No.2
Gohar to reach her 46th PSA final. It was Gohar, who was
celebrating her 200th PSA World Tour match, who got off to the
better start as she attacked with relentless pressure in the
opening exchanges to find her targets quickly and edge out El
Welily to take a one-game lead.
Gohar continued her ferocious hitting to put the World No.1
under pressure in the second, however, the experienced El Welily
was able to weather the storm to level the scores, before taking
a 2-1 advantage. Cairo-born Gohar hit back again though,
producing some of her best squash to push the match to a
deciding fifth, which El Welily was able to convert on the
tie-break to close out a 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 4-11, 15-13 victory
in 66 minutes.
She will face compatriot El Sherbini in the final tomorrow after
she overcame New Zealandís No.3 seed King in a masterclass
performance from the Egyptian. The World No.2, who will play in
her third successive PSA World Tour final tomorrow following
victories at the Tournament of Champions and PSA World
Championships, showed no signs of fatigue from her epic
five-game battle with Franceís Camille Serme last night as she
stormed to a 2-0 advantage against King.
The Kiwi fought back in the third to take the lead in the game,
however, the Egyptian came from behind to take the match on the
tie-break and claim an 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 victory in 34 minutes.
Raneem El Welily
3-0 Rowan Elaraby
11-5, 13-11, 11-4 (30m)
(Eng) 3-0 [9/16] Yathreb Adel
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (24m)
3-0 [9/16] Salma Hany
11-5, 11-3, 11-9 (31m)
Hania El Hammamy
3-0 Nour El Tayeb 12-10,
12-10, 11-4 (32m)
Nour El Sherbini
3-0 [9/16] Alison Waters (Eng) 11-5, 12-10, 11-3 (27m)
World No.15 Hania El Hammamy as she defeated World No.3 Nour El
18-year-old El Hammamy claimed the first major scalp of the day
after she downed compatriot El Tayeb, who earlier this month
finished runner-up at the PSA World Championships, in
straight-games to advance to the quarter-finals of the PSA World
Tour Gold tournament.
Up until today, El Hammamy had never beaten El Tayeb, however,
the 18-year-old was unstoppable out on court as she played with
confidence beyond her years to condemn an out-of-sorts El Tayeb
to a premature exit.
She will now face compatriot and World No.8 Nouran Gohar for a
place in the semi-finals after she despatched World No.12 Salma
Hany in straight-games to advance.
Elsewhere, top seed and World No.1 Raneem El Welily set up a
mouthwatering quarter-final tie with Englandís former World No.1
Laura Massaro after the Egyptian got her tournament off to a
winning start against World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby.
The Cairo-based Egyptian got her tournament off to the perfect
start as she looked strong on court, taking just 30 minutes to
down younger compatriot Elaraby and advance to the last eight.
World No.2 Nour El Sherbini was dominant against Englandís
former World No.3 Alison Waters in round two of the Black Ball
Open to send the 34-year-old out in the early stages as she
stormed to an 11-5, 12-10, 11-3 victory.
3-0 Annie Au (Hkg) *
11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (32m)
* 3-2 Mayar
11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 12-10 (53m)
* 3-1 Nele Gilis (Bel)
13-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-1 (55m)
Hania El Hammmay
* 3-0 [wc] Salma Youssef
11-6, 11-8, 12-10 (31m)
Tesni Evans (Wal) * 3-2 Mariam
Metwally 11-9, 11-5, 17-19, 7-11, 11-9 (64m)
Waters (Eng) * 3-1 Zeina Mickawy
11-4, 11-5 (37m)
Four Egyptians get through to the round 2
The opening day of action at the
2019 CIB Black Ball Squash Open saw World Junior Champion
Rowan Elaraby down Hong Kongís World No.11 Annie Au in
straight-games as she led the Egyptian charge on the first day
in Cairo, Egypt.
Elaraby was one of four Egyptians who all advanced to the last
16 of the PSA World Tour Gold tournament, after she produced one
of her best performances to take out the experienced Au at the
Black Ball Sporting Club. Elaraby will now face compatriot
Raneem El Welily in the next round, with the World No.1 and the
other top eight seeds receiving a bye into the second round.
She will be joined by fellow Egyptians Salma Hany, Yathreb
Adel and Hania El Hammamy after they all secured victories
on the opening day of action in Cairo.
Hany was forced to dig deep to prevail against a tough Nele
Gilis of Belgium in four-games, while Adel was taken all the way
to five-games by compatriot Mayar Hany in the first match of the
They will now face Egyptís World No.8 Nouran Gohar and Englandís
former World No.1 Laura Massaro in round two, respectively.
Fellow Egyptian El Hammamy, meanwhile, will face PSA World
Championship runner-up Nour El Tayeb for a place in the
quarter-finals after she defeated tournament wildcard Salma
Youssef in straight-games.
Meanwhile, Welshwoman Tesni Evans prevented a complete Egyptian
domination on the first day of action as she survived a scare
against World No.24 Mariam Metwally.
Evans went 2-0 up, before a resilient Metwally battled back to
level the scores and take the match to a tense deciding fifth.
However, the experience of Evans, who last month claimed the
British Nationals title, proved vital in the end to close out a
3-2 win. The Welshwoman will now face New Zealandís World No.5
Joelle King in round two tomorrow.