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Gaultier and Elshorbagy Into Semis

World No.2 Gregory Gaultier booked his place in the semi-finals of the 2014 J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions earlier today, dispatching German Simon Rosner 3-0.

The victory, in what was his 34th consecutive appearance in the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series event, will now see Gaultier compete in his third consecutive Tournament of Champions semi-final – an event where he finished runner-up in 2013.

“It’s always good to win and Simon has been improving a lot recently,” said Gaultier.

“The past few months especially, since he won in Kuwait, has been a big confidence boost for him and he has had a few big wins this week and it highlights how tough the tour is at the moment, so I’m glad to still be able to win these matches.

“I still want to be the best in the world and I’m happy when I’m still able to beat these young guys.

“I’m going to recover now and take tomorrow as another day. I will go in with a game plan and I will try and stick to it. I have been working a lot on my mental side recently and it seems to be working and I’m quite happy with the way I played so I’m looking forward to the semi-final tomorrow.”

Gaultier came through 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 and he will now take on Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy in tomorrow’s semi-finals who earned his place in the final four with a 3-1 win over Daryl Selby of England.

“I’m very excited to be in my first TOC semi-final,” said Elshorbagy. “The match today was such a tough battle and Daryl played very well. 

“It was a very flowing game played in great spirit as well and he put me under a lot of pressure so I’m happy that I came through that match to win.

“I have never played in a semi-final here before but I hope that I can win in the semi-finals because it would mean a lot to me to make it through to the final. 

“It would be very special if I could play Amr Shabana in the final because that would be a dream come true for me – to play my idol in the final of a world series event. Hopefully we can both win tomorrow.”

2014 J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions – Quarter-final Results:

[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt [8] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 60 mins

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 57 mins

Order of Play Thursday January 23 – Semi-finals

[7] Amr Shabana (EGY) v  [4] James Willstrop (ENG)

[3] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v [1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)