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J.P.Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016 ē 05-14 Jan, New York

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TODAY at the ToC 2016

Wed 13th Jan, Semi-Finals:

Women's Semis:
 
[10] Amanda Sobhy
(Usa) 3-0 [8] Nouran Gohar (Egy)
                            11-9, 11-9, 12-10
[7] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 [2] Nicol David (Mas)
                            11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (26m)

Men's Semis:
 
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy) 3-1 [7] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
                           11-9, 11-6, 3-11, 11-7, (49m)
[2] Nick Matthew (Eng) 3-0 [3] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
                           3-3 rtd (14m)

Sobhy sweeps into final in Grand Central

History maker Amanda Sobhy moved into her first ever PSA World Series final with a scintillating victory over Egyptís Nouran Gohar.

Sobhy, who yesterday became the first American-born woman to reach the last four of the tournament, started on the back foot after a fast start from Gohar saw the world junior champion took an early lead.

Roared on by a raucous crowd, World #8 Sobhy battled back and came out on top to in three close games.

ďIím a little shocked, I donít really have any words,Ē a breathless Sobhy said.

ďIt was a battle. Even though it was 3-0 it was so tough from the beginning to the end. I just tried to stay in my bubble and not let the pressure of getting to the finals in front of my home crowd get to me."

Nour El Sherbini will go head-to-head with Sobhy in the final after she produced a commanding display to down 2014 winner Nicol David.

The 20-year-old came through a brutal five-game encounter with World #4 Camille Serme in the previous round but showed no signs of fatigue as she pounced on any loose drops from David to claim an emphatic straight-games victory.

ďIt was very special to beat Nicol 3-0 and it was one of the best things that is ever going to happen to me,Ē said El Sherbini.

ďIím really happy. With Nicol you have to attack any shots you can so I was trying to finish the points off. Nicol seemed like she was struggling with her movement today so I think that it gave me an advantage."

 
Defending champion Mohamed Elshorbagy moved through to the men's final after a commanding victory over Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet underneath the chandeliers in Grand Central Terminalís Vanderbilt Hall in New York.

The Egyptian controlled the early portions of the match by forcing Castagnet into the front corners of the court before stepping up to punish the number seven seed on the volley.

After falling 2-0 behind, Castagnet cut the deficit by drawing out some errors from 25-year-old Elshorbagy but Elshorbagy took control of the match once more in the fourth and he held off a late attempt at a comeback from the Frenchman to see out the win.

ďHe  is a great competitor,Ē said Elshorbagy. ďHeís been making so much progress lately and has made it into the top eight and then played in his first ever World Series final.

"He is an inspiration to all players on how they should work hard in their career because he has worked so hard. To be able to make it to the semi-final here is such a great achievement and Iím really happy for him.

ďWe played such a great match together, we always do. Iím really happy for him and I want to congratulate him.Ē


Last yearís runner up Nick Matthew will meet the World No.1 in the final after a serious injury to his semi-final opponent, World Champion Gregory Gaultier, handed the Englishman the win.

The match began on an even keel with the packed crowd looking forward to some exciting squash between the two players who had battled against each other 33 times previously on the PSA World Tour.

However, with the score level at 3-3, Gaultier rolled his ankle painfully after contact with Matthew and was carried off the court in distress.

Despite receiving treatment, the Frenchman was unable to continue the match to ensure that Matthew will advance to face World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy for the distinction of lifting the prestigious title in a repeat of last yearís final.

"My heart goes out to Greg," said Matthew.

"The match had barely got going. We were feeling each other out on the first few points.

"I feel bad for everyone who came down to see a great match but thatís nothing to what Iím feeling for Greg because itís his livelihood.

"Iíve got to take advantage of the fact that my legs will be fresh tomorrow and it will be my sixth Tournament of Champions final. Iím really proud of that record but I have only won one out of those five so far. I need to improve that ratio tomorrow."

 

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