Nick Matthew set to star at ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals

Nick Watkins 30/05/2018
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Nick Matthew: The Brit has been handed a career lifeline.

Three-time world champion Nick Matthew will make the final appearances of his career at the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals, after a hamstring injury forced world number three Marwan ElShorbagy out of the event.

Defeat to German qualifier Raphael Kandra at this month’s Allam British Open initially saw Matthew miss out the finals having finished ninth in the PSA World Series Standings. The loss looked set to be Matthew’s last ever match on the PSA World Tour as the 37-year-old officially retired from the sport.

Matthew replaces world number three ElShorbagy in Group A of the men’s tournament, which contains world number one Mohamed ElShorbagy, British Open champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez, and world number four Tarek Momen. The British veteran Matthew will get his tournament underway against Momen on the first day of the tournament.

Egyptian Momen switches places with three-time winner Gregory Gaultier, who moves into Group B alongside world number two Ali Farag, Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rosner and former world number one Karim Abdel Gawad.

Players are set to compete in a unique best-of-three group stage format with the top two players from each group qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

The group stages begin on June 5 with the semi-finals due to take place on June 8, and then the men’s and women’s finals played on June 9. For further information on both the PSA World Series and the PSA World Tour visit worldseriesfinals.com. Tickets are available at platinumlist.net.

2017/18 ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals Groups

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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No guarantee for dominant Egyptians at ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals

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Nour El Sherbini in action.

Egypt’s dominance of world squash has continued unabated this year with the top three places in both the World rankings, and in the World Series Standings for men and women, currently held by Egyptians.

And an incredible nine Egyptian players – five men and four women – have qualified for the season-ending ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals which takes place June 5-9 at Emirates Golf Club.

But history has shown that coming into the World Series Finals as favourite is no guarantee of top spot on the podium, and World number ones Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Sherbini will face a tough test to take home the trophies.

But ElShorbagy insists that a successful defence of his crown is a high priority.

“I’m really excited about Dubai and I’m really happy to be back again,” said the 27-year-old.

“For me, last year, it was the start of getting back on track. This year I’m taking it more seriously than ever.

“The year when I won six World Series events I had broke down mentally and physically when it came to Dubai [2016].

“I want to show everyone that I can keep going until the last tournament.”

In the women’s event, World number one Nour El Sherbini will also be under pressure to take one of the few titles she is yet to claim.

The 22-year-old, who finished top of the World Series Standings after claiming four World Series titles this season, has been a force to be reckoned with on the Women’s Tour and will be hot favourite to take the title in Dubai.

“I’m really excited to have qualified for Dubai,” said El Sherbini.

“I see it as a rewarding tournament for us after a long season, it’s always good. Playing against the top eight players is tough but I’m really excited to go back to Dubai.”

Tickets for the World Series Finals can be purchased here: https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/70345/atco-psa-dubai-world-series-finals 

For further information on both the PSA World Series and the PSA World Tour, please visit www.worldseriesfinals.com

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Groups drawn for ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals in Dubai

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The groups have been drawn for the season-ending ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals, and squash fans in Dubai are in for a treat with sensational clashes in store when play gets underway at Emirates Golf Club from June 5-9.

The lucrative tournament – which offers an equal prize purse of $320,000 across the men’s and women’s events – brings together the top eight men and women in the PSA World Series standings, with players earning qualification points at each World Series event contested during the 2017/18 season.

The event, which is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, will see players will face-off against each other in a round-robin best-of-three game series between June 5-7 with only two players progressing from each group of four to the semi-finals on June 8, before the finals are played on June 9.

In men’s Group A, 2018 Allam British Open champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez is drawn with the man he beat in the final of that tournament last week – Egypt’s World No1 Mohamed El Shorbagy.

Rodriguez’s heroics at the British Open saw him oust three-time world champion Nick Matthew to earn his place in Dubai for a second time in three years, while he also became the first South American player ever to win a World Series title after overcoming defending World Series Finals champion El Shorbagy in a thrilling 102-minute battle.

The duo have been drawn against three-time World Series Finals champion Gregory Gaultier and Mohamed’s younger brother Marwan, who claimed a maiden World Series crown last month at the El Gouna International, in what promises to be a compelling group.

Mohamed El Shorbagy.

Mohamed El Shorbagy.

World No2 Ali Farag heads up Group B in the men’s event and is joined by Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rosner, world No5 Tarek Momen and 2016 world champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

There promises to be plenty of drama in the women’s event too, with last year’s runner-up Nour El Sherbini, the current world No1, drawn together with world No3 Nour El Tayeb – who won the US Open in October – Windy City Open runner-up and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Joelle King and world No5 Nouran Gohar in Group A.

Defending champion Laura Massaro is drawn against reigning world champion Raneem El Welily as she aims to claim a third successive World Series Finals title, while world No6 Camille Serme and world No8 Sarah-Jane Perry make up the rest of Group B.

The group stages will get underway on June 5 with Group B action beginning at 15:00, with Group A action on court from 20:00.

Group stage matches will take place at 15:00, 15:45, 16:30 and 17:15 (Group B) and 20:00, 20:45, 21:30 and 22:15 (Group A), with the semi-finals due to take place from 20:00 on June 8. The finals will commence at 20:00 on June 9.

Tickets for the World Series Finals can be purchased at https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/70345/atco-psa-dubai-world-series-finals.

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 El Shorbagy (EGY)

Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY)

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)

Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Men’s Group B

Ali Farag (EGY)

Simon Rosner (GER)

Tarek Momen (EGY)

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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