Ramy Ashour (pic ri) is one step away from regaining his world no.1 ranking after beating fellow Egyptian Karim Darwish in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open. But the 22-year-old from Cairo will have to beat French rival Greg Gaultier (pic le) in tomorrow’s final to reclaim the pole position from England’s Nick Matthew. Final contender and 5th seed Gaultier reached the final for the fourth year in a row after beating England’s Peter Barker 11-7, 11-3, 11-5. The world’s top two women Nicol David (MAS) and Jenny Duncalf (ENG) will line up in women’s final. Both finalists overcame their semi-final rivals Rachael Grinham (AUS) and Alison Waters (ENG) in straight games.