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.
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)
The line-up for the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals has been confirmed as players get set to battle it out for the coveted title at the Emirates Golf Club.
After a nail-biting week of competition, last week’s Allam British Open saw Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez storming into the top eight of the men’s standings after winning his first ever World Series title in Hull, UK. Eight male and female squash players will now take to the court in Dubai to compete for the final title of the season.
Rodriguez’s phenomenal run means that England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew won’t compete in Dubai after dropping out of the qualifying places. The 37-year-old will now begin his retirement after hanging up his racket following a glittering career that saw him claim 35 titles.
World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy leads the men’s standings thanks to a formidable season, which has seen him take three World Series titles and finish runner-up in three finals. The Egyptian World Champion has been in stunning form and only missed out on two finals this campaign.
Supported by the Dubai Sports Council, the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals will see players will go head-to-head in the best-of-three games group stages as they battle for a place in the semi-finals and finals, with one of the sport’s most coveted titles – along with a lucrative Dhs1,175,408 ($320,000) prize money which is split equally between the men’s and women’s events. Tickets are available at www.platinumlist.net. The tournament runs from 5th-9th June.
World No. 1 Nour El Sherbini headlines a strong field this week at the Saudi Women’s Masters — the first-ever women’s squash tournament to take place in Saudi Arabia.
The tournament, which kicks off on Sunday afternoon and concludes on January 12 at Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University, features a host of the world’s top players including recently crowned world champion Raneem El Welily and Malaysian legend Nicol David.
It marks a historic moment for sport in Saudi Arabia, where women’s sports events are only just starting to appear on the calendar.
Last November, a first women’s basketball tournament for universities was staged in Jeddah, but this week will see the first time an international sports event for women is held in the Kingdom.
Thanks to Princess Reema for graciously hosting us @psaworldtour women last night with Ziad. Truly honoured to be part of this historical moment in Saudi Arabia. #saudiwomensquash #firstwomensportevent pic.twitter.com/GF2znwPfYT
— Nicol Ann David (@NicolDavid) January 7, 2018
Egypt’s El Sherbini, the top seed, opens her campaign on Sunday night against France’s Coline Aumard. Battling for a prize purse of $165,000, 32 of the world’s best have descended on Riyadh and are ready to impress at the first World Series event of 2018.
Ex-world No. 1 David is thrilled to be taking part in such a groundbreaking milestone for Saudi sport.
“Truly honoured to be part of this historical moment in Saudi Arabia,” said the record eight-time world champion.
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Full draw of the inaugural Saudi Women’s Masters
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Coline Aumard (FRA)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v  Donna Urquhart (AUS)
 Salma Hany (EGY) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
Heba El Torky (EGY) v  Alison Waters (ENG)
 Annie Au (HKG) v Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) v  Joelle King (NZL)
 Victoria Lust (ENG) v Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY)
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Nele Gilis (BEL)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v  Olivia Blatchford (USA)
 Tesni Evans (WAL) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Joey Chan (HKG) v  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
 Nicol David (MAS) v Mayar Hany (EGY)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
[WC] Nada Abo Alnaja (KSA) v  Camille Serme (FRA)