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Squash - 24. January 2019.

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Set for All-EgyptianFinals

The women’s final will also be contested by the World No.1 and World No.2 as Raneem El Welily and Nour El Sherbini claimed semi-final wins over World No.4 Joelle King and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb, respectively.
El Welily got her revenge for her Hong Kong Open final defeat against New Zealand’s King as she recovered from a game down to win 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 after a high-quality 50-minute battle.
“The entire match was very tough, mentally and physically, it was brutal,” said El Welily, the 2015 Tournament of Champions winner.
“I remember being down [in game three], it’s not something you forget. I was being positive at the time and told myself to keep pushing because it didn’t matter what happened in this game, I just had to do my best and give it 100 per cent."
Meanwhile, defending champion El Sherbini defeated El Tayeb in a repeat of last year’s final. The 23-year-old snuck wins in games one and three, before powering home to victory in a one-sided fourth game to seal a place in her third Tournament of Champions final.
El Sherbini and El Welily will now go head-to-head for the 20th time on the PSA Tour, with El Welily winning 10 of them. It will be the 12th time that they will have contested a PSA Tour final, and El Welily has taken the win on six of those occasions.
“It means a lot [to reach the final], I wasn’t really happy with my squash over the last few months, but I’m happy that I went back home, regrouped and trained hard,” said El Sherbini, whose 31-month reign at World No.1 was ended by El Welily last month.
“[Raneem] has taken the No.1 spot, but it’s just another match. I need to rest and focus for tomorrow, and I’m sure it’s going to be even tougher than today and more fair. We’re very good friends and it’s going to be a good match, hopefully.”
The finals of the 2019 Tournament of Champions get under way at 19:00 (GMT-5) on Thursday January 24. They will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only), BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and other mainstream broadcast channels.
Results - Women’s Semi-Finals: 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [4] Joelle King (NZL) 3-1: 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 (50m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-1: 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 (46m)
Draw - Women’s Final: To Be Played January 24th
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
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