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Nour El Sherbini

CIB Black Ball Open: Semi-Finals - Player Reaction

Stay tuned as we bring you reaction from the players who are battling it out for a place in the final of the women's CIB Black Ball Open Squash today.

Here’s the schedule
(All times are local – GMT+2)
20:00 [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [7] Joelle King (NZL)
20:45 [6] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [8] Salma Hany (EGY)

You can catch all the action live from the Black Ball Sporting Club on SquashTV, the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (Indian Subcontinent only) and multiple broadcasters around the world.

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

El Sherbini Axes King to Reach Third Black Ball Final

Egypt's World No.1 Nour El Sherbini is through to the CIB Black Ball Squash Open final for the third time in her career following an 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 win over New Zealand's Joelle King.

World No.8 King had been in scintillating form all week and caused an upset yesterday when she knocked out former champion Hania El Hammamy, but El Sherbini stepped up to the mark today and was firing on all cylinders as she looks to secure the Black Ball Open title for the first time in her career.

“It feels amazing,” El Sherbini told SquashTV afterwards.

“I’m really glad I won it in three, it was a very tough three games. Joelle played amazing yesterday, she beat Hania [El Hammamy] one of the top players now on her form. I was really looking forward to this one, I’m really glad I played well and hopefully I keep going.

“Every player you play is different, I’m just going to focus on the final match. I definitely hope for an all-Egyptian final – Salma and Amanda have both been playing really well this tournament. I’m going to watch this match, hopefully both have a good one and may the best player win.”

Result:
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 (35m)

Sobhy Reaches Final

USA's World No.7 Amanda Sobhy has reached her first PSA Platinum final since the 2016 Hong Kong Open following a 10-12, 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 victory over Egypt's World No.10 Salma Hany.

Sobhy, who four years to the day had surgery on an Achilles injury, will face World No.1 El Sherbini in tomorrow's final.

“On Wednesdays we wear pink according to Mean Girls, so I had been saving this outfit for today – I’m glad that I made it through,” joked Sobhy to SquashTV after her match.

“I like to feel good on court and I like to think my dress colour reflects my personality and squash style. I’m happy to win.

“She started really strong and I started a bit flat from yesterday and the high of it. It took a while for me to get myself going, I think I had a little bit too much caffeine at 5pm so I was a bit jittery but I started to feel my groove in the second. I felt like I was running a bit more and my movement was getting a bit better, I was pressing up on the T instead of being a bit passive and just told myself to stay aggressive and take it to her. If I was going to lose then I was going to go down fighting. I said to take it point by point and at some point, the old body is going to start moving and thankfully it did.

“I’m going to take it like any other match. Recover, eat a lot of carbs, sleep, recover some more. This is my first final post-injury, four years ago on this date I had my surgery on my Achilles and now to see I’m in the final of a Platinum is something special, so I’m going to give it my all.”

Result:
[6] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [8] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 (45m)

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