The Battle for Qualification

One day of Pools Stage action, and just six matches left, but who will qualify for the semis at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals.

Each group has already seen one player qualify for the semi-finals of the season-ending competition.

Women’s Groups

World No.1 Nouran Gohar has booked her place from Group A after winning two of her three matches, and she has a rest day today ahead of her semi-final on Saturday.

Behind her in Group A, the second qualification comes down to the contest between Hania El Hammamy and Nele Gilis. The 2020 champion has two wins to her name already, having beaten Gohar earlier this week. However, Gilis is still in with a shot of making the semis in her debut appearance in the tournament.

Meanwhile, in Group B, defending CIB PSA World Tour Finals champion Nour El Sherbini has won her opening two matches of this year’s edition of the tournament. Neither are guaranteed to go through as group winners, but the pair are both assured of a semi-final spot.

The second qualification spot in Group B could be taken by any of the other three players, with England’s Georgina Kennedy, New Zealand’s Joelle King and Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb separated by just two points, with all three having one match remaining tonight.

Here are the permutations for the women’s groups, to see who will go through to Saturday’s semi-finals in Cairo.

Women’s Group A

  • Nele Gilis will qualify if she defeats Hania El Hammamy 2-0
  • Any other results tonight will see Hania El Hammamy qualify

Women’s Group B

Georgina Kennedy will qualify if:

  • Kennedy beats Nour El Sherbini 2-0
  • Kennedy beats Nour El Sherbini 2-1 AND Joelle King does not beat Nour El Tayeb 2-0
  • Kennedy loses to Nour El Sherbini 2-1 AND Nour El Tayeb beats Joelle King 2-1

Joelle King will qualify if:

  • King beats Nour El Tayeb 2-0 AND Georgina Kennedy does not beat Nour El Sherbini 2-0

Nour El Tayeb will qualify if:

  • El Tayeb beats Joelle King 2-0 AND Nour El Sherbini beats Georgina Kennedy
  • El Tayeb beats Joelle King 2-1 AND Nour El Sherbini beats Georgina Kennedy 2-0

Men’s Groups

Now looking at the men’s groups, and once again, the top two in the world have qualified for the semi-finals. With two wins from his three matches, Peru’s Diego Elias has assured himself of a place in the semi-finals of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals for the first time in his career.

He will be joined by either Mostafa Asal or Mazen Hesham, with the Egyptian duo set to face off tonight in the final match of the evening’s action. Asal will be aiming to reach the semis for the third straight year, having won the title in both 2021 and 2022.

Meanwhile, current World No.1 Ali Farag has guaranteed himself of a spot in the last four, thanks to wins over New Zealand’s Paul Coll and England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy. The two former World No.1s play tonight in a straight shootout, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals.

Here is what needs to happen in the men’s matches tonight to see who makes it through.

Men’s Group A

  • Mazen Hesham will qualify if he beats Mostafa Asal 2-0
  • Any other result will see Mostafa Asal qualify (an Asal win will put him top)

Men’s Group B

  • The winner of the match between Paul Coll and Mohamed ElShorbagy will qualify in second place

Here is a reminder of tonight’s order of play, with six matches on the slate as we find out who qualifies for the last four at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals.

CIB PSA World Tour Finals Day Four: Order Of Play