After weeks of build-up the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals begins tomorrow with the 16 best squash players in the world bidding to take home the final title of the season.
The event, held at Emirates Golf Club, sees the group stages kick off with an early battle, between reigning champion Laura Massaro and current world champion Raneem El Welily.
Another women looking to take home the championship is world number five Camille Serme, who is eager to impress at the tournament having suffering a frustrating season.
“It’s very exciting and I’m happy to go back to Dubai to play the World Series Finals,” said the 29-year-old. “It’s a new venue so that’s really exciting for the players. It feels special. I think everyone sees it as a bonus tournament after a long season.”
The Frenchwomen was the top seed in Dubai last year after winning the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, however this season she insists she’s going to the UAE under no pressure.
She added: “I’m really excited to be back and happy to be in the top eight, especially after being number one seed last season.”
Serme will get her campaign underway in Dubai against world number eight Sarah-Jane Perry of England.
Tickets are available from platinumlist.net. For further information on both the PSA World Series and the PSA World Tour visit www.worldseriesfinals.com.
2017/18 ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals – Group Draw
Men’s Group A
Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
Tarek Momen (EGY)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Nick Matthew (ENG)
Men’s Group B
Ali Farag (EGY)
Simon Rösner (GER)
Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
Women’s Group A
Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
Joelle King (NZL)
Nouran Gohar (EGY
Women’s Group B
Raneem El Welily (EGY)
Laura Massaro (ENG)
Camille Serme (FRA)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
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Rich Target emerged undisputed champions of the first-ever under-14 competition of the Sharjah Ramadan Football Championship (SRFC) after a convincing 5-1 win against Sport 4 All.
As well getting their hands on the trophy, the champions won Dh50,000 while runners-up Wasit was awarded Dh30,000.
The match between Rich Target and Sport 4 All had plenty scoring opportunities for both teams thwarted by their excellent defence, which set the tone for what initially seemed like a balanced contest.
In the eighth minute, Rich Target’s Salem Al Khanbashi scored the first goal for his team, followed immediately by his team-mate Khalid Al Obaidli, which brought the team’s tally to three.
Sport 4 All brought one back through Mohammed Omar but in the second half, Rich Target doubled their attacks as Saif Al Hammadi netted the fourth goal, followed immediately by Khalid Al Obaidli who scored the fifth.
Meanwhile, Wasit’s Mohammed Al Qurmoti did not waste much time before breaking down Al Burkan to score two spectacular goals within the first few minutes of the match. His team-mate Mohammed Yaqoub got the scorecard ticking with a brilliant third goal, followed by a quick fourth by Obeid Al Suwaidi, taking Wasit into recess with a staggering lead of 5-0.
After half-time, Al Burkan set up an aggressive scoring strategy to narrow the score gap with Humaid Al Mazmi scoring the first goal for them.
But Wasit continued to go from strength strength with Rashid Darwish scoring his team’s sixth.
Mohammed Al Qurmoti added to the tally before Darwish netted again as Wasit went on to win 12-1.
Darwish said: “It’s an honour to have secured one of the winning positions of in the debut year of SRFC’s under-14 competition category. Being named the runners-up of such a prestigious competition fills us with confidence, and we are determined to come back with more skills and fire in the future editions of the championship.”
In the senior leagues of the competition, there was a lot surprises with Al Inthar claiming third place after conquering last year’s title-holders, Al Embrator, 8-2.