After a bad start which saw Greg Gaultier (le) make several errors and drop his 1st game easily, the Frenchman took the initiative against young Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy (ri) to take the next 3 games and reached his 4th World Championship final.
The 2nd seed took the second quickly, the 3rd less so, and had to fight back from 2-6 down in the 4th, finally taking the match 12-10 after 78 minutes.
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt  Ramy Ashour (EGY) 6-11, 11-2, 2-0 ret. (24m)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt  Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 12-10 (78m)