It’s semi-final day at the Windy City Open presented by the Walter family, as the remaining players fight for a spot in the final at the University Club of Chicago.

The day’s action begins with two all-Egyptian clashes, as women’s world No.1 Nour El Sherbini faces off against No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy, before Youssef Ibrahim, the last unranked player in contention, takes on No. takes on No.6 seed Marwan ElShorbagy.

In the second women’s semi-final, the No. 5 seed Joelle King will face the world No. 2 Nouran Gohar, while the No. 4 seed Tarek Momen will close the day with a match against the new world No. 1 Paul Coll.

The game starts at 5:00 p.m. local time (GMT-6) and you can watch all the action INHABIT to SQUASH TV and several broadcasters around the world.

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Nour El Sherbini vs Hania El Hammamy

The first match of the day will pit Alexandria against Cairo, as world best player El Sherbini takes on world No. 3 El Hammamy.

While El Sherbini boasts a stronger overall record, El Hammamy have won two of the last four matches, with the 21-year-old impressing in a 3-1 victory over El Sherbini in the US semi-final Opened last year.

El Sherbini will be confident, however, after beating El Hammamy by the same scoreline in the duo’s last encounter, in the final of the IPC Black Ball Open Squash 2021.

El Hammamy enjoyed a smoother progression throughout this year’s tournament. The No.3 seed is yet to lose a game and has spent a total of 83 minutes on the pitch, having convinced against Rachel Arnold and Salma Hany, and looking strong for two games against Mariam Metwally before an injury forces his opponent to leave the field. .

El Sherbini, meanwhile, spent 107 minutes on the court. The 26-year-old overtook Julianne Courtice and Rowan Elaraby in round two and the quarter-finals but was pushed all the way by Tinne Gilis in round three, coming from behind to beat the Belgian in a five-game thriller.

SquashLevels make El Sherbini the heavy favorite with a 70% chance of winning, but the world No. 1 is not expected to have it her way, with a 3-2 result predicted.

Could El Hammamy replicate her form from Philadelphia to Chicago?

Marwan El Shorbagy vs. Youssef Ibrahim

In the first men’s semi-final, world No. 7 Marwan ElShorbagy meets world No. 17 Youssef Ibrahim.

Both men are in fine form and have taken some real scalps in Chicago, with ElShorbagy beating defending champion and top seed Ali Farag and Ibrahim coming off two games against Marwan’s top brother, former world No. 1 Mohamed ElShorbagy .

With only one previous encounter on the circuit – a 3-0 win for ElShorbagy last March IPC Message of public interest Black Ball Squash Open – fans are looking forward to this game.

Fatigue will be no excuse for either player today, with the pair having spent exactly the same amount of time on the pitch so far; 149 minutes.

ElShorbagy impressed in 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Gregoire Marche and Todd Harrity, respectively, before impressing the crowd by coming from behind to beat Farag 3-1.

While his epic 3-2 third round victory over Mohamed ElShorbagy lasted 75 minutes, Ibrahim’s other matches were more comfortable, with the 22-year-old beating Leonel Cardenas 3-1 in the second round and Iker Pajares Bernabeu 3- 0 in the quarterfinals.

SquashLevels are struggling to separate the pair, with ElShorbagy the narrow favorite. The No. 6 seed has a 53% probability of victory, with 3-2 the predicted outcome.

Can Marwan avenge Mohamed, or will Ibrahim defeat his second ElShorbagy?

Joelle King vs. Nouran Gohar

Two players who know each other’s game intimately in the third semi-final of the day.

Today marks the pair’s tenth meeting, with Gohar ending a three-game winning streak with King with consecutive wins in their last encounters, a 2-1 win last year. IPC Message of public interest World Tour Finals and a 3-1 victory here in the Message of public interest Quarter-final of the world championship.

King comes into the match having spent significantly more time on the court than Gohar. The 33-year-old has racked up 185 minutes so far compared to just 90 for Gohar.

As the Egyptian passed Danielle Letourneau, Joshna Chinappa and Georgina Kennedy without losing a match, King endured a number of close battles.

Each game in the Kiwi race so far has lasted five games, with King edging out Olivia Clyne, Lucy Turmel and world No. 4 Amanda Sobhy in close affairs.

Despite their tight head-to-head record, SquashLevels make Gohar the overwhelming favorite to progress, with King having a four percent chance of victory. Perhaps unsurprisingly given this prediction, SquashLevels are preparing for a comfortable 3-0 victory for the Egyptian.

Can King prove the SquashLevels metrics wrong?

Tarek Momen vs. Paul Coll

The last match of the day promises to be unmissable, pitting former world champion Tarek Momen against new world No. 1 Paul Coll.

While on the face of it both have a tight record, Paul Coll’s recent record of four straight wins over the Egyptian will give the Kiwi unending confidence.

Both men come into the match having spent similar time on the pitch so far, with Momen accumulating 164 minutes to Coll’s 153 minutes.

Coll is yet to give up a game in Chicago, having seen British trio James Willstrop, Adrian Waller and Joel Makin reach this stage.

Momen, meanwhile, looked sharp in impressive wins over Miguel Rodriguez and Omar Mosaad in his opening two matches, before coming from behind to beat fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouky 3-2 in the quarter-finals.

Given Coll’s recent form, SquashLevels makes him a strong favorite to reach his second straight Windy City Open final.

The Kiwi have an 85% chance of winning, with SquashLevels predicting a 3-1 win.

Can Momen ruin Coll’s first game as world No. 1?


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