The finals of the Oracle NetSuite Open take place today, with action beginning at 19:15 local time (GMT-7) at the Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco.
In the women’s final, World No.1 Raneem El Welily will appear in a second consecutive ONO final, where she will take on World No.5 Nour El Tayeb.
They will be followed by the men’s final, which sees the top two seeds, in Mohamed ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen, battle it out for the crown.
You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.
Here’s the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT-7)
The women’s final sees World No.1 Raneem El Welily take on compatriot Nour El Tayeb, in a repeat of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open from earlier this month.
This will be the 20th meeting between the Egyptian pair, with El Welily holding the 12-7 advantage over the World No.5. However, it was El Tayeb that took the spoils in China at the start of September, as she won the final in five games.
The World No.1 has made her way into a second consecutive final in San Francisco, but her week started with a tricky test against Olivia Blatchford Clyne, where El Welily had to fight from a game down to win. Since then, she has defeated Sarah-Jane Perry and Joshna Chinappa 2-0 to reach a second final of the new campaign.
Meanwhile, El Tayeb has only had to play two matches so far, due to the withdrawal of Amanda Sobhy from their quarter final clash. The Egyptian started her ONO campaign with a quick-fire victory over Hollie Naughton, before having to battle past the tournament’s No.2 seed Camille Serme in the last four to reach the final.
Can the World No.1 go one better than last year to win the title in San Francisco? Or will El Tayeb defeat El Welily for a second consecutive final?
The top two seeds go head to head in the men’s final, as Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on Tarek Momen for the Oracle NetSuite Open title.
These two men have met 20 times on the PSA World Tour prior to this clash in San Francisco, with ElShorbagy holding the 15-5 advantage. However, Momen has got the better of the World No.2 twice already this year, including in the World Championships semi finals.
ElShorbagy’s record this week is unblemished, having won all three of his matches 2-0. He first beat Mathieu Castagnet in the second round, before then downing Ryan Cuskelly in the last eight on the glass court. ‘The Beast’ then had to overcome his younger brother Marwan in the semis, doing so on Sunday night.
Despite having played more games in his matches, Momen has actually spent less time on court, 86 minutes compared to ElShorbagy’s 97. ‘The Viper’ defeated Cesar Salazar in straight games, before facing his toughest test of the week against Joel Makin in the quarter finals, getting past the Welshman 2-0. He then needed just 23 minutes to down Miguel Rodriguez in the semis last night.
Can ElShorbagy claim his second title in a month to boost his bid for reclaiming the World No.1 spot? Or will ‘The Viper’ strike, and win his first title since lifting the CCI International trophy in January?