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Round 2

 Round 3

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World Championships 2018/19
Men's Draw
23 Feb - 02 Mar
Chicago, USA, $500k

THIRD ROUND
27 
MAR
FOURTH ROUND
 28 -
29 MAR
QUARTERS
30-
31 MAR
SEMIS
01 MAR
FINAL
02 MAR
         
 
   
 
     
 
   
 
       
 
   
 
     
 
   
 

ROUND TWO 26 MAR

 

rOUND ONE

2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family Ė Menís Draw
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Joshua Masters (ENG)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) v Nathan Lake (ENG)
Leo Au (HKG) v [15] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[16] James Willstrop (ENG) v Ivan Yuen (MAS)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v Victor Crouin (FRA)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v Daniel Mekbib (CZE)
[Pre-Qualifier] v [6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
[8] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Greg Lobban (SCO)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [14] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[9] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Declan James (ENG)
Shahjahan Khan (PAK) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
Tom Richards (ENG) v George Parker (ENG)
Todd Harrity (USA) v [4] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[3] Simon RŲsner (GER) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Vikram Malhotra (IND) v Richie Fallows (ENG)
Borja Golan (ESP) v Rex Hedrick (AUS)
Ben Coleman (ENG) v [12] Max Lee (HKG)
[11] Saurav Ghosal (IND) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v Lucas Serme (FRA)
Joel Makin (WAL) v Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) v [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
[7] Paul Coll (NZL) v Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
Christopher Binnie (JAM) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Mohamed Reda (EGY) v Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [13] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
[10] Diego Elias (PER) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
Zahed Salem (EGY) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Mostafa Asal (EGY)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)
 

World Championships 2018/19
Women's Draw
23 Feb - 02 Mar
Chicago, USA, $500k

SECOND ROUND
27 
MAR
THIRD ROUND
 28 -
29 MAR
QUARTERS
30-
31 MAR
SEMIS
01 MAR
FINAL
02 MAR
         
 
   
 
     
 
   
 
       
 
   
 
     
 
   
 

rOUND ONE

2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family Ė Womenís Draw
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
Lee Ka Yi (HKG) v [17] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[26] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [9] Alison Waters (ENG)
[15] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
Anna Serme (CZE) v [21] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[25] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v Lucy Turmel (ENG)
Menna Hamed (EGY) v [8] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[7] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
Coline Aumard (FRA) v [28] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[30] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
Nikki Todd (CAN) v [12] Annie Au (HKG)
[16] Salma Hany (EGY) v Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
Melissa Alves (FRA) v [29] Samantha Cornett (CAN)
[31] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
Rachel Arnold (MAS) v [3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) v Heba El Torky (EGY)
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [23] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[18] Joey Chan (HKG) v Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
Ineta Mackevica (LAT) v [14] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[13] Nicol David (MAS) v [Pre-Qualifier]
Olivia Fiechter (USA) v [24] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[27] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Lisa Aitken (SCO)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [5] Camille Serme (FRA)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Vanessa Chu (HKG)
Enora Villard (FRA) v [20] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[32] Nada Abbas (EGY) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) v [10] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[11] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [19] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
[22] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Christine Nunn (AUS)
Satomi Watanabe (JPN) v [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

 

REPORTS

 

PREVIEWS

PSA World Championships Set for Blockbuster Battles

The draws for the 2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family have been announced today, with some blockbuster fixtures in store at Chicagoís Union Station between February 23 - March 2.

128 of the worldís greatest male and female squash players will descend on Chicago for the most prestigious title in squash as they battle for a record prize purse of $1 million, which is the highest in the sportís history.

Defending menís champion and current World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy has been drawn against Englandís Joshua Masters in round one and is featured on the same side of the draw as three-time winner Ramy Ashour (right).

ElShorbagy and Ashour contested both the 2012 and 2014 finals - both of which are regarded as two of the greatest squash matches of all time - and could potentially meet in the semi-finals.

Ashour - who is yet to play this season due to a knee injury - will play Australiaís Ryan Cuskelly in round one. The Egyptian is unseeded for the first time since the 2006 World Championships and will look to replicate his incredible title victory in 2014, where he came back from a six-month spell on the sidelines to lift the iconic trophy.

World No.2 Ali Farag is seeded on the opposite side of the draw as fellow Egyptians ElShorbagy and Ashour and he will take on Englandís Daryl Selby in round one. Farag has the likes of Peruís Diego Elias and New Zealandís Paul Coll in his path to the final, while he is predicted to play World No.3 Simon RŲsner in the semi-finals.

Reigning womenís World Champion Raneem El Welily begins her tournament against South Africaís Alexandra Fuller as she bids to continue her strong start to the season, which has seen her take two PSA titles so far.

The 30-year-old was thwarted in the final of this tournament in 2014 and 2016, but finally got her hands on the trophy in December 2017 courtesy of a 3-1 victory against two-time winner Nour El Sherbini in Manchester.

12 months later, El Welily ended El Sherbiniís 31-month reign at World No.1 and the Egyptian duo - who contested six PSA finals last season - are seeded to do battle in the title decider once again.

El Welily is predicted to meet World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the semi-finals, but El Tayeb must come through a difficult draw which contains 2013 World Champion Laura Massaro if she is to play to her seeding.

Meanwhile, El Sherbini begins her tournament against Satomi Watanabe of Japan and is predicted to play United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in a mouthwatering third round fixture.

Eight-time World Champion Nicol David will be looking to add to her record haul but is seeded to play World No.5 Camille Serme as early as the third round. The Malaysian will need to end a two-match losing streak to the French player if she is to progress into the latter rounds.

New Zealandís Joelle King will also be one of the frontrunners for the womenís title. The World No.4 claimed her first PSA Platinum title in Novemberís Hong Kong Open and is seeded to go head-to-head with El Sherbini for a place in the final.

In addition to prize winnings totalling over $72,000, the winner of the World Championships will also qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals, which pits together the reigning World Champions and all seven PSA World Tour Platinum winners.

The 2018/19 PSA World Championships will take place at Chicagoís Union Station, while matches from rounds one and two will also be held at MetroSquash and the University Club of Chicago.

Matches from Union Station will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and finals will also be shown live on mainstream broadcast channels around the world, including BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

Tickets for the 2018/19 PSA World Championships start from $30 and are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.

Squash fans can also follow the tournament on FacebookTwitter or via the official event website: www.psaworldchampionships.com
 


Defending Champions ElShorbagy and El Welily Named Top Seeds

Reigning champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily will top the seedings for the 2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family when the sportís first $1 million tournament takes place in Chicagoís Union Station between February 23 - March 2.

The World Championships is the most illustrious tournament on the PSA Tour calendar and will bring together 128 of the worldís greatest squash players as they battle for the most lucrative prize purse in the history of the sport, with $500,000 on offer across both the menís and womenís draws thanks to the support of Mark and Kimbra Walter of Chicago.

Over 25 nations will be represented in Chicago and Egyptís World No.1 ElShorbagy tops the menís draw. The 27-year-old from Alexandria defeated younger brother Marwan in Manchester back in December 2017 to lift the iconic title for the first time and he will look to become just the third Egyptian ever to become a multiple World Champion after Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashour.

ElShorbagy will be joined in the draw by Qatar Classic champion Ali Farag, Tournament of Champions winner Simon RŲsner, World No.4 Tarek Momen, 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, British Open champion Miguel Rodriguez, World No.7 Paul Coll and Marwan ElShorbagy, who complete the top eight seedings.

Also involved in the draw is three-time champion Ramy Ashour - whose win over Mohamed ElShorbagy in the 2014 final is revered as one of the sportís greatest ever matches - while 2010 runner-up James Willstrop and 2015 finalist Omar Mosaad are also included. Frenchman Gregory Gaultier - who beat Mosaad in the 2015 final - misses out due to a knee injury.

After final defeats in 2014 and 2016, El Welily finally got her hands on the coveted title with victory over two-time winner Nour El Sherbini back in December 2017 and the pair will be joined in the draw by compatriot Nour El Tayeb, who won the Windy City Open in Chicago last March.

The rest of the top eight seeds comprise of Hong Kong Open champion Joelle King, Franceís Camille Serme, English duo Sarah-Jane Perry and Laura Massaro, and Egyptian Nouran Gohar.

Legendary Malaysian Nicol David is also involved and will look to add to her haul of eight World Championship titles, which is unmatched in the women's game.

US interest comes in the form of World No.11 Amanda Sobhy, World No.19 Olivia Blatchford Clyne, World No.42 Haley Mendez and World No.57 Olivia Fiechter.

Meanwhile, World No.48 Todd Harrity will have US hopes on his shoulders in the men's event.

The winners of the E.M. Noll Classic, PSA Challenger event - which takes place in February - will also qualify for the World Championships, while the final place in the women's draw will be allocated in due course

In addition to prize winnings totalling over $72,000, the winner of the World Championships will also qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals, which pits together the reigning World Champions and all seven PSA World Tour Platinum winners.

The 2018/19 PSA World Championships will take place at Chicagoís Union Station on a specially erected exhibition glass court, while matches from the earlier rounds will also be held at MetroSquash and the University Club of Chicago.

Tickets for the 2018/19 PSA World Championships start from $30 and are available for purchase via Ticketmaster.

Squash fans can also follow the tournament on FacebookTwitter or via the official event website: www.psaworldchampionships.com
 

HISTORY

 2017

2016

2015

2014

 2013

2012

2011 Men
2011 Women

History Of The World Championships

The inaugural Menís World Championship began in 1976 in London Ė with the whole tournament being played at the old Wembley Stadium, home of the English football team.

Whilst the Womenís Tour also first began that year in 1976, when the iconic Heather McKay lifted the first of her two titles, beating Marion Jackman on home soil in Brisbane, Australia.

Fellow Australians Rhonda Thorne and Sarah Cardwell followed in McKayís footsteps before the legendary Susan Devoy became the first non-Australian player to get her hands on the coveted trophy in 1985, at which point the tournament was a biennial event.

Since then, the Menís and Womenís tournaments have been staged in all four corners of the globe, with the competition being held in countries such as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany to name a few.

Australian legend Geoff Hunt took the first Menís World Championship title after he beat Pakistanís Mohibullah Khan in the final and he held onto it for a further three years after defeating Qamar Zaman on all three occasions, once in Canada and twice in his native country.

The next 16 years saw the Menís World Championship dominated by players from Pakistan and, more specifically Jahangir and Jansher Khan, who between them won all but two World Championship titles between 1981 and 1996.

The two Khanís are the most decorated players to have graced the Menís World Championship with Jansher having eight to his name, whilst Jahangir captured the title six times Ė and the pair are considered to be two of the greatest players ever to play the sport.

A host of the biggest names in squash have also lifted the illustrious title, with Amr Shabana (4), Ramy Ashour (3), Nick Matthew (3) and David Palmer (2) all having their name engraved on the famous trophy.

Martine Le Moignan was the first Englishwoman to capture the title, before Devoy took the next two titles in 1990 and 1992, with the tournament switching to an annual format from that point onwards.
Australia dominated the womenís event over the next decade, with Michelle Martinís triumph in 1993 bringing about a period that saw the title shared between her (three wins), Sarah Fitz-Gerald (5) and Carol Owens (1) in nine of the 10 tournaments held between 1993-2002.

Englandís Cassie Campion was the only player to put a dent in the Australian dominance of the 90s, with her 1999 triumph over Martin seeing her become the first female English World Champion in 10 years.

Over the next few years, the legendary Malaysian Nicol David made her mark on the tournament, claiming her maiden World Championship title in Hong Kong in 2005 courtesy of a win over Australian Rachael Grinham, before retaining her title the following year with a win over Grinhamís younger sister, Natalie.

The Grinham sisters met in the final in 2007, with Rachael being the victor, but David responded with an incredible five wins on the bounce in an unprecedented spell of dominance.

That run eventually came to an end in the 2013 edition, which saw Englandís Laura Massaro claim her first World title in Penang, beating then 18-year-old Nour El Sherbini in the showpiece finale.

But El Sherbini soon got her hands on the sportís biggest prize when she battled back from two games down to become the youngest ever Womenís World Champion at the age of 20 Ė eclipsing the record set by Devoy 31 years earlier.

Tickets are priced from just $30 and are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.

For more information on the 2018/19 PSA World Championships, follow the tournament on Twitter, Facebook or the Event's website.

 

 

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INFO

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