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CIB World Tour Finals Semis: Stats & How to Watch

We've reached the semi-final stage of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals which are taking place at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo, Egypt this week.

Last night saw the conclusion of the group stages with Nour El Sherbini, Joelle King, Hania El Hammamy and Nour El Tayeb advancing in the women's draw. While, Karim Abdel Gawad, Ali Farag, Marwan ElShorbagy and Joel Makin all made it to the last four in the men's event.

Tonight's matches continue with the best-of-three format that has been used throughout the round robin group stages, with tomorrow's finals reverting to the traditional best-of-five scoring.

Here's the order of play:

You can catch all the action live from the Mall of Arabia from 18:30 local time (GMT+2) on SQUASHTV (all countries), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian subcontinent only) and BT Sport (UK).

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Nour El Sherbini v Nour El Tayeb

Nour El Sherbini v Nour El Tayeb

World Champion Nour El Sherbini and World No.4 Nour El Tayeb go head-to-head in the first match of the evening to see who will book their place in the final.

El Sherbini reigned victorious at this tournament when it was held in Dubai in 2018 and will be hoping to take one step closer to getting her hands back on the trophy with a win over her compatriot this evening.

El Tayeb has been in strong form though with a 2-1 victory over Hania El Hammamy in last night's final group match to see her reach the last four and winning the Manchester Open when the PSA World Tour made its return after a six-month suspension due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The two players have faced each other 18 times in the past, with El Sherbini holding the advantage with 13 victories and has won the last five meetings.

El Tayeb's last victory over the 'Warrior Princess' came in the quarter final of the 2018 Windy City Open, which she went onto win.

Karim Abdel Gawad v Joel Makin

Karim Abdel Gawad v Joel Makin

Karim Abdel Gawad and Joel Makin are the first men's match of the evening to see who will reach the final.

Gawad is the defending champion after defeating compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar in last year's final, whereas Makin is the new boy on the block featuring at his first World Tour Finals after qualifying due to a stellar season that saw him break into the top 10 for the first time in the World Rankings.

The two players have met three times previously on the PSA Tour, with Gawad winning all three, including their last meeting in the semi-finals of the CIB Egyptian Open.

Makin has impressed this week, recording wins over both World Champion Tarek Momen and New Zealand's Paul Coll, and will be hoping that run continues as he looks to take out the World No.3, who is formidably strong on home soil.

Hania El Hammamy v Joelle King

Hania El Hammamy v Joelle King

The second women’s semi-finals sees Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy take on New Zealand’s Joelle King, with both players looking to reach their maiden World Tour Finals final.

King pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament so far last night after she took out World No.1 Nouran Gohar to book her place in the last four.

El Hammamy, meanwhile, got wins over France’s Camille Serme and USA’s Amanda Sobhy to ensure her qualification and will be keen to reach the final at the first time of asking on her World Tour Finals debut.

The two players have faced each other twice previously, with each taking one win each. King recorded a 3-1 win at the 2018 Hong Kong Open, which she went onto win, while El Hammamy got the better of the Kiwi last season at the China Squash Open.

Marwan ElShorbagy v Ali Farag

Marwan ElShorbagy v Ali Farag

In what is sure to be an explosive match, Egyptians Marwan ElShorbagy and Ali Farag line up against each other in the last match of the day.

ElShorbagy is one of few players who boast a better head-to-head record against Farag, with the World No.7 recording five wins to Farag’s four during their time together on tour.

In fact, ElShorbagy showed his capabilities last month at the Manchester Open when he took Farag out in five-games to advance to the semi-finals of the PSA Silver event and showed he has been working hard over the break to return strong.

Farag, meanwhile, narrowly missed out on finishing top of his group after finishing level on points and games won with Gawad, however, because the defending champion had beaten him earlier in the week that meant he topped the group.

The World No.2 and top seed will be seeking revenge for his defeat to ElShorbagy last time out as he aims to reach his first World Tour Finals final.

Who will reach the final?

Watch the action at 18:30 local time (GMT+2) to find out…