Thu 22nd, Semi-Finals
Day Nine, and at last the men's and
women's events have caught up, with four semi-finals toinight at
Grand Central ...
 Raneem El
Welily (Egy) 3-1  Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/7, 11/2, 11/13, 11/6 (43m)
 Alison Waters (Eng) 3-2  Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
8/11, 12/10, 5/11, 11/9, 13/11 (76m)
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) 3-2  Amr Shabana (Egy)
9/11, 11/8, 5/11, 11/9, 11/7 (87m)
 Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0
Miguel Rodriguez (Col)
11/7, 11/9, 11/5 (50m)
Elshorbagy eliminates defending ToC champ
World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy ended all hopes of Amr
Shabana retaining his J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title
with an impressive 3-2 victory over the 35-year-old in what was one
of the most impressive matches ever seen at Grand Central Terminal
in the competition's eighteen-year association with the iconic
was in sublime form throughout the contest, finding his range from
the opening exchanges and pulling out all of his trademark winners
to dazzle the capacity audience and give Elshorbagy, 11 years
Shabana's junior, all sorts of trouble but the younger man showed
just why he is number one with a defying display of retrieving as he
dug deep to complete a remarkable victory.
"When you play against Amr you have to accept that he will make
you look like an idiot on court at times and I accepted that today,"
can never look good when you play him because he is the most
talented player on tour. To beat him I just had to hit and run and
keep going and giving everything to get the ball back and it worked.
"He was very tired in the end, and I was too, but I'm glad I was
able to push through in the end because I'm in my first ever final
here and I'm looking forward to playing in front of this great crowd
here in Grand Central Terminal once again."
Elshorbagy twice went behind to the four-time World Champion but
used all of his pace and six-foot-plus reach to keep himself in some
of the most punishing rallies seen so far during the tournament and
it paid dividends for him when, after levelling the game at 2-2, he
took the sting from Shabana's relentless attacking play and managed
to find just enough in his locker to book his place in the final to
face England's Nick Matthew.
ensured he remains in contention to claim a second title in New
York, to add to his 2012 ToC triumph, with a dominant 3-0 win over
high-flying Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez - who had beaten
World No.6 Peter Barker and World No.2 Gregory Gaultier to reach the
"It was good fun out there tonight against Miguel," said Matthew.
"Sometimes it felt like there were four of him on the court he's so
"But thankfully I was able to use my experience, one of the only
things I have more of than him, and it paid off for me."
Waters & El Welily Set Up Surprise ToC Final
Third seed Raneem El Welily and fifth seed Alison Waters
stunned higher-seeded opponents in the semi-finals of the Women's
J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions to set up a surprise final.
composure and strategic play earned Waters her first trip to the
climax of the prestigious championship played on an all-glass court
in the iconic station's Vanderbilt Hall. The journey to the
championship match had several ups and downs - and ended with a
dramatic finish as the world No.5 from England had to save three
match-balls before claiming victory over fourth-seeded Egyptian Nour
"I thought we both played really good squash," said Londoner
Waters after the match. "But at the end, on those match balls, I was
actually relaxed while I think Nour may have got just a little bit
The Egyptian teenager was anything but tight at the start of the
match as she led the entire way in the first game to take it 11-8.
Undeterred, Waters claimed the second in a tie break. Sherbini
roared back in the third, 11-5.
Traditionally a power hitter who likes a fast-paced game, Waters
demonstrated some new versatility, especially in the last two games,
as she added more lift and lobs to her usual hard-hitting game. The
30-year-old also displayed a new attitude.
"I have made some big improvements in my mental game," explained
the four-time British national champion. "I am not allowing myself
to get annoyed with the officials' decision and I have been working
on not getting petulant with myself."
After going up 10-5 in the fourth, Waters let four points slip away
before she closed the game out at 11-9 to draw level for the second
time. Sherbini seized the momentum in the fifth, breaking out to an
8-4 lead, before Waters answered with her own four-point run to tie
After saving two match balls at 8-10, then another at 10-11, Waters
closed the lid on the match, 13-11. "It feels especially good to
back up my win last night over Nicol David with the win today,"
said Waters, now in the 21st WSA World Tour final of her career.
Welily eliminated Laura Massaro, the second seed from England, in
four games. Massaro started strongly and was playing with authority
and purpose during the first 12 points of the match as the players
stayed neck and neck through to seven-all.
The Cairo-based Egyptian then took control and surged ahead to win
the game 11-7. The second game was all El Welily. As the authority
from Massaro's game faded away, the 25-year-old Egyptian conceded
just two points to take a 2/0 lead in the match. It looked to be
over in the third as El Welily had two match balls at 10-8 - but
England's 2013 World Champion put together a string of three
fantastic points to win the game 13-11 and keep her hopes alive.
In the fourth, 2014 runner-up Massaro - whose world No2 ranking El
Welily took over earlier this month - rode the wave of momentum
generated at the end of the previous game to take an early 3-0 lead.
After El Welily tied the game at three-all, the lead exchanged hands
through to 7-6, at which point El Welily once again took control to
close out the match, winning the game 11-6.
"Each of us was playing well at different times," observed El
Welily, now in the 22nd Tour final of her career.
Both finalists will be making their debuts in the climax of the 2015
Women's ToC - El Welily additionally also becoming the first
Egyptian to make the women's final.
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