Nour El Sherbini advanced to the semi-finals in Cairo ©PSA

World number one Nour El Sherbini advanced to the semi-finals of the Black Ball Squash Open after overcoming Nour El Tayeb in Cairo.

El Sherbini was the favourite heading into the last eight match at the Black Ball Sporting Club, with El Tayeb competing in her first tournament since after giving birth to her daughter five months ago.

The first game proved closely contested between the Egyptian players, with El Sherbini edging the opening game 11-9.

The top seed maintained the momentum to secure a straight games 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 victory against El Tayeb.

"She is really a fighter and it's very inspiring that she's back and playing like this." El Sherbini said after the match.

"She's given birth to a girl and is playing like this after five months."

El Sherbini will compete in the last four of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Gold event, having won the platinum version of the competition back in March.

She will face England’s Georgina Kennedy in the semi-finals.

Kennedy reached the last four of a PSA Gold event for the first time in her career after overcoming Egypt’s Farida Mohamed.

Both players headed into the match off the back of surprise second round wins, as Kennedy eliminated fourth seed Sarah-Jane Perry in an all-English contest while Mohamed overcame fifth seed Joelle King of New Zealand.

A tight opening game was claimed by Kennedy, with the world number 25 seizing control en-route to a 12-10, 11-8, 11-6 victory.

Hosts Egypt were already assured of a representative in the final, with the lower half of the draw featuring four local players in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Nouran Gohar recovered from losing the opening game to beat compatriot Salma Hany 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 in their last-eight match.

Gohar will play Hania El Hammamy in the semi-finals.

The third seed earned an 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 win over Rowan Elaraby.

Tomorrow's action sees the semi-finals take place.