The quarter finals of the CIB Egyptian Open begin tonight in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza.
Top seeds Nour El Sherbini and Mohamed ElShorbagy are both in action, while the evening's play begins with Egypt's No.8 seed Rowan Elaraby taking on France's No.3 seed Camille Serme.
SQUASHTV – and ON Sport for viewers in Egypt – are the only places to watch all the action from the glass unfold.
We will bring you the results and all of the latest player reaction right here. Play starts at 18:15 local time (GMT+2).
Order of Play
Times are local GMT+2
Serme sails into semis
Camille Serme (right)
France’s Camille Serme eased into the semi finals after comfortable victory against an out-of-sorts Rowan Elaraby.
Serme took the first game – one in which both players moved gingerly – 12-10, thanks in part to a number of unforced errors from the Egyptian.
The second game was a far more comprehensive one, Serme strolling to an 11-3 win as Elaraby, who was forced to withdraw from her quarter final match at the Allam British Open, struggled with the 21-year-old appearing to find movement increasingly difficult.
From the moment Elaraby stepped onto the court for the third, after being given a conduct warning for tardiness, it looked like the match was a foregone conclusion. No.3 seed Serme saw out a flat game 11-2 with Elaraby barely able to move from the middle.
"I love this tournament, so I'm very happy to reach the semis."— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) September 14, 2021
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Speaking after the match, Serme said: “I missed the British Open so I was very keen to be here, to be able to play in front of the pyramids. I love this tournament, especially. So I’m very happy to reach the semis.
“It’s good to have a physio on site and to have a day off tomorrow, have some time off and I can recover and be ready for the semi final on Thursday.”
 Camille Serme (FRA) bt  Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-2 (31m)
Momen credits personal break for strong performance
No.3 seed and last year’s runner up Tarek Momen saw off a spirited Zahed Salem in an all-Egyptian matchup to progress to the semi finals.
Momen went into the match with a 4-0 record against the World No.15, but may have feared the worst when, despite saving two game balls, he dropped the first game 12-10.
The World No.4 fought back well in the second though, quickly finding parity with an 11-4 win.
Momen kept the momentum throughout the rest of the match, taking the third game 11-5 and the fourth 11-2 to seal a 3-1 win.
"The decision was personal to miss the British Open, I wanted to spend time with my family but I think it worked out for the best for me."— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) September 14, 2021
TkMomen</a> is ready for the challenge ahead of his semi-final at the <a href="https://twitter.com/CIBEgyptianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">CIBEgyptianOpen #SquashByThePyramids pic.twitter.com/KyxQCt5HfH
“Today was a bit more difficult, getting used to the conditions. It’s a mixture of windy and hot weather. Those are the two most difficult challenges a player can face on the court. At the beginning I was struggling to find my length, it was falling short and he was cutting off everything and I made a lot of errors. But at the start of the second game I started to adapt to the conditions. I started to find my range and made less errors. From then on I think I played pretty well,” Momen said after the match.
He added: “The decision [to skip the British Open] was purely personal. I just wanted to spend some time with my family, but I think it worked out for the best for me because we’ve been playing for so long. The season hasn’t been a regular season for us. We’ve played in the summer when we’d usually get some time off, this year we didn’t. So for me to get this break, I think it was crucial to start the new season fresh.
“I definitely hope [the rest will help to win a home major] so, that’s what I’m looking for.”
Salem, meanwhile, was content to take positives, he said: “I’ve been away from competition for a little while now, I need more matches like that consistently. No excuses, Tarek was just too strong today, but I’ll keep on working hard to come back to my best fitness. It’s all positive, it allows me to test myself to see where I am with my squash.”
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Zahed Salem (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (43m)
El Sherbini eases into semis
Nour El Sherbini
Defending champion Nour El Sherbini cruised through to a semi-final matchup with Camille Serme after beating fellow Alexandria native Farida Mohamed.
For World No.34 Mohamed, this match – against the World No.1 who went into the match on a 13-match winning streak – was always going to be an extremely challenging one.
In truth, it was a comfortable match for El Sherbini, who took the match in 21 minutes with 11-2, 11-4 and 11-4 victories.
"I'm sure it is going to be a tough battle, we always play tough matches."
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CIBEgyptianOpen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SquashByThePyramids?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SquashByThePyramids</a> <a href="https://t.co/aGXOtlIVLt">pic.twitter.com/aGXOtlIVLt</a></p>— PSA World Tour (PSAWorldTour) September 14, 2021
After the match, El Sherbini said: “I’m definitely [enjoying the warmth of Cairo]. It’s so special being here. Playing in front of the Pyramids is extra special and I’m really happy with my performance, I found my shots even better this time and I’m really happy.
“I haven’t played Camille a lot this season, we actually only played once. So I’m sure it’s going to be a tough battle, we always do have very tough matches and I think it’s the first between us in a Platinum semi-final event, so I’m looking forward to this one and keen to get back on court.
“Unfortunately [my parents] aren’t here this time but hopefully my brother and sister were here watching me and hopefully they’re going to all come in the semis to cheer me on!”
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-4 (21m)
Imperious ElShorbagy sets up Momen meeting
Top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy produced an immaculate performance to storm his way into the semis, courtesy of a comprehensive win over his training partner Eain Yow Ng.
Malaysia’s Eain Yow had impressed on his route to the match, overcoming Egyptian No.8 seed Mostafa Asal in the second round and Colombian former World No.4 Miguel Rodriguez in last 16, but was powerless to stop ElShorbagy, who looked back to his best after a disappointing British Open.
The Egyptian dominated the court from the beginning, hunting the ball aggressively to take the first game 11-2.
Eain Yow managed to slow the match down in the second and challenge ElShorbagy, though it was ultimately to little avail, as the Beast saw out the second 11-7.
ElShorbagy continued to dominate against Eain Yow in the third, sealing the 3-0 with an 11-8 victory to set up a semi-final meeting with fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen.
"— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) September 14, 2021
EaiNYow</a> is the most I practice with. He's young, he's hungry and I care a lot of him and I think because of that I wanted to be aggressive and show him how tough it is at the top." <br><br>Tough brotherly love on show from <a href="https://twitter.com/MoElshorbagy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">MoElshorbagy #SquashByThePyramids pic.twitter.com/oahIkgTI8r
After the match, ElShorbagy said: “The three players I practice with the most in Bristol are Joel Makin, my brother [Marwan ElShorbagy] and Yow, but Yow is the one I practice with the most out of the three of them. Some days we practice twice a day together. He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s a younger brother to me. He’s probably the only one besides [Marwan] about whom I’d say that.
“I care a lot for him and I think because I care a lot for him I wanted to be really aggressive and play really well and make it really tough, to show him how tough it is at the top, so he learns that it’s not easy to get there. Even though this is his first quarter final, I wanted to show him there’s a long way to go. I’m really happy for him to make it to his first quarter, he almost did it at the British Open, he did it here and there’s so much more to come from him. I know his attitude back in Bristol, he’s really hard working, really committed to the sport and he’s going to go places in this sport, I’m sure.
“It’s been five years [since I played at the Pyramids.] Unfortunately I’ve missed the last few years due to circumstances out of my hands, so I’m glad to be back here again.
“This is the most iconic tournament we have in Egypt. I watched [Ahmed] Barada playing here when I was seven years old and I always dreamt to be on court like him. A lot of the Egyptians now we watched him when we were kids. To be back here playing the semis, I’m really proud to come back and make it that far but we’re getting into the most important part of the tournament now, the later stages. That’s when most of the top guys raise their level and I expect that of myself in two days.”
Eain Yow said: “At the end, it’s just experience from him, and inexperience from me.
“He made a point in the first game, he showed me how the match was going to be. It was unrealistic to keep playing at that pace, I knew that at some point he would have to let go, but the mental strain he put on me in the first game was very strong. He just stopped me from playing my game.”
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (41m)