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17/12/2017
World Championships 2017

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reports & Results

Previews

Qualifying

Round 1

Round 2

 Round 3

Quarters

Semis

Final

Latest

 

drawS

World Championships 2017
Men's Draw
08 - 17 Dec
Manchester, England, $325k

second ROUND
11  Dec
third ROUND
 12 - 13
DEC
QUARTERS
14-
15 DEC
SEMIS
16 DEC
FINAL
17DEC
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
Gregory Gaultier
11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (39m)
Declan James
Gregory Gaultier
11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (44m)
Paul Coll
Gregory Gaultier
12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (52m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
Mohamed ElShorbagy
v
Marwan ElShorbagy
 
Declan James (ENG)
11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-4 (74m)
[15] Cesar Salazar
[13] Daryl Selby (ENG)
11-8, 11-5, 11-9
Campbell Grayson (NZL)
Daryl Selby
 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (82m)
Paul Coll
[8] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7
Greg Lobban (SCO)
[5] Nick Matthew (ENG)
11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5
Max Lee (HKG)
Nick Matthew
11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (126m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
Nick Matthew
11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (53m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
11-5, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[10] Ramy Ashour (EGY)
11-5, 11-6, 11-6
Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Ramy Ashour
14-12, 11-7, 11-4 (51m)
 Mohamed ElShorbagy
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
15-13, 11-5, 12-10
Joel Makin (WAL)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY)
11-8, 11-2, 11-6
[Q] Youssef Soliman
Ali Farag
11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (32m)
Cameron Pilley
Ali Farag
5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (52m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Ali Farag
11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 (75m)
Marwan ElShorbagy
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (70m)
[12] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-1 (69m)
Tarek Momen
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (32m)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (44m)
Chris Simpson (ENG)
Marwan ElShorbagy
12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (46m)
Lucas Serme
Marwan ElShorbagy
11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (42m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Lucas Serme (FRA)
11-4, 9-6 retired (13m)
[16] Borja Golan (ESP)
Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (45m)
Ben Coleman (ENG)
Saurav Ghosal
12-14, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (59m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
Alan Clyne (SCO)
12-10, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3 (47m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

First Round 10th December
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (41m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [Q] Edmon Lopez (ESP) 3-1: 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 (65m)
Declan James (ENG) bt [Q] Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 12-10 (69m)
[15] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (45m)
[13] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (36m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt [Q] Peter Creed (WAL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-4, 12-10 (51m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 (66m)
[8] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (52m)
[5] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [Q] George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 11-2, 8-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6 (60m)
Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (BEL) 3-0: 13-11, 12-10, 11-6 (54m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5 (62m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [11] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-2: 12-14, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3 (52m)
[10] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [WC] Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (39m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [Q] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (46m)
Joel Makin (WAL) bt [Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM) 3-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (63m)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (36m)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
[Q] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 4-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 (67m)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) bt [Q] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (39m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [14] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6 (62m)
[12] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (24m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-6, 11-7 (34m)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [Q] Rui Soares (POR) 3-1: 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 (38m)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [Q] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (25m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (31m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (48m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-1: 12-14, 11-7, 11-1, 3-0 retired (56m)
[16] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [Q] Bernat Jaume (ESP) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (42m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [9] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-6 (retired) (10m)
Ben Coleman (ENG) bt [Q] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (48m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [Q] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 (32m)
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-5 (29m)


 

Qualifying

Qualifying Finals
[19] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) bt [16] Jens Schoor (GER) 3-2: 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 6-11, 11-9 (58m)
Rui Soares (POR) bt [15] Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
[10] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt [29] Michael McCue (CAN) 3-1: 11-9, 3-11, 11-5, 11-9 (66m)
Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [4] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-2: 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (81m)
[18] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt [5] Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
[30] Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt [8] Nick Sachvie (CAN) 3-1: 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-5 (58m)
[11] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [28] Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3 (62m)
[2] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [32] Kristian Frost (DEN) 3-2: 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-4 (88m)
[25] George Parker (ENG) bt [3] Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-1: 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 (66m)
[12] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt [17] Andrew Schnell (CAN) 3-1: 12-14, 11-2, 11-4, 13-11 (49m)
[9] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [20] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-1 (29m)
[7] Peter Creed (WAL) bt [31] Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) 3-1: 11-4, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 (40m)
[6] Richie Fallows (ENG) bt [27] Evan Williams (NZL) 3-1: 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 12-10 (51m)
[14] Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt Robertino Pezzota (ARG) 3-1: 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-1: 13-15, 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (66m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt [21] Adam Murrills (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 (32m)

1st qualifying round:
Jens Schoor (GER) bt Seigo Masuda (JPN) 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (24m)
Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) bt Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (36m)
Rui Soares (POR) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 (39m)
Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Adrian Ostbye (NOR) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) bt Kyle Finch (ENG) 14-12, 10-12, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5 (95m)
Michael McCue (CAN) bt Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (55m)
Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt Shehab Essam (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 (60m)
Christopher Gordon (USA) bt Lance Beddoes (NZL) 11-7, 11-1, 12-10 (39m)
Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 13-11 (35m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Carlos Cornes (ESP) 11-6, 11-7, 13-11 (69m)
Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt Tom Walsh (ENG) 9-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 (55m)
Nick Sachvie (CAN) bt Kale Wilson (TRI) 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (22m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Reiko Peter (SUI) 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4 (49m)
Mohamed Elsherbini (EGY) bt Bradley Masters (ENG) 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (28m)
Kristian Frost (DEN) bt Connor Sheen (ENG) 11-4, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4 (61m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt Stuart MacGregor (ENG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-2 (28m)
Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Jacob Elwheshi (ENG) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (16m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Ashley Davies (ENG) 9-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (61m)
Andrew Schnell (CAN) bt Tristan Eysele (RSA) 11-3, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 (52m)
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt Miles Jenkins (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 12-14, 11-5 (49m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 13-11, 11-9, 11-6 (43m)
Chris Hanson (USA) bt Curtis Malik (ENG) 6-11, 11-1, 11-9, 11-2 (41m)
Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) bt Daniel Mekbib (CZE) 4-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-6 (61m)
Peter Creed (WAL) bt Ammar Altamimi (KUW) 11-6, 8-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-3 (62m)
Richie Fallows (ENG) bt Joe Chapman (IVB) 11-1, 11-8, 11-5 (21m)
Evan Williams (NZL) bt Brian Byrne (IRL) 11-7, 11-6, 13-15, 12-10 (52m)
Robertino Pezzota (ARG) bt Leandro Romiglio (ARG) 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (57m)
Christopher Binnie (JAM) bt Micah Franklin (BER) 11-2, 11-4 ret. (13m)
Lyell Fuller (ENG) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (28m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt Mohammad Al Sarraj (JOR) 11-6, 8-11, 13-11, 11-7 (57m)
Adam Murrills (ENG) bt Martin Kegel (CRO) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (29m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)

 

World Championships 2017
Women's Draw
08 - 17 Dec
Manchester, England, $279k

Second ROUND
11 DEC
Third ROUND
12
- 13 DEC
QUARTERS
1
5 DEC
SEMIS
16 DEC
FINAL
17DEC
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (24m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Nour El Sherbini
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (23m)
Satomi Watanabe
Nour El Sherbini
11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (30m)
Nouran Gohar
Nour El Sherbini
11-2, 8-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-0 (63m)
Nour El Tayeb

 
Nour El Sherbini
v
Raneem El Welily
[Q] Satomi Watanabe (JPN)
3-1: 11-3, 11-2, 5-11, 11-9 (33m)
[12] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[10] Alison Waters (ENG)
3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (29m)
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
 Alison Waters
12-10, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8 (50m)
Nouran Gohar
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 (25m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (24m)
Joey Chan (HKG)
Nour El Tayeb
11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5 (52m)
Salma Hany
Nour El Tayeb
11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (40m)
Tesni Evans
Salma Hany (EGY)
3-1: 11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9 (44m)
[14] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[16] Tesni Evans (WAL)
3-1: 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (38m)
[Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
Tesni Evans
11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11 (77m)
Laura Massaro
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG)
3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 (30m)
[Q] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[3] Camille Serme (FRA)
3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)
[Q] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Camille Serme
11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (26m)
Olivia Blatchford
Camille Serme
11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (29m)
 Joelle King
Camille Serme
11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (39m)
Raneem El Welily
[13] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
3-2: 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-8 (56m)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
[9] Joelle King (NZL)
3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-1 (22m)
[Q] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
Joelle King
11-1, 6-11, 14-12, 11-6 (54m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[6] Nicol David (MAS)
3-0: 11-2, 11-7, 11-6 (23m)
[WC] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
Nicol David
11-7, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 (33m)
Annie Au
Nicol David
11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)
Raneem El Welily
[11] Annie Au (HKG)
3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (21m)
[Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[15] Victoria Lust (ENG)
3-2: 11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6 (44m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Victoria Lust
11-5, 15-13, 11-13, 11-5 (42m)
Raneem El Welily
[Q] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (23m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

Qualifying

Qualifying Finals
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [1] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-2: 11-6, 9-11, 14-12, 7-11, 12-10 (77m)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [11] Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)
[7] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt [13] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-2: 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (48m)
[6] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt [14] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-2: 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 (56m)
[L] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt [12] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 11-0, 11-7 (27m)
[16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [8] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 12-10 (27m)
[9] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [L] Lisa Aitken (SCO) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-2 (21m)
[15] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [3] Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-2: 11-4, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8 (47m)

1st qualifying round:
[1] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (22m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [10] Samantha Teran (MEX) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
[16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-1: 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (45m)
[8] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [L] Elise Lazarus (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-1, 6-11, 11-7 (45m)
[L] Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [5] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-1: 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 (42m)
[9] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (23m)
[15] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [L] Nadiia Usenko (UKR) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (18m)
[3] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [L] Alice Green (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (18m)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [L] Cristina Gomez (ESP) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 (24m)
[11] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 (24m)
[13] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [L] Lucy Turmel (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3 (39m)
[7] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt [L] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-1: 5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (34m)
[6] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-0: 14-12, 12-10, 11-6 (30m)
[14] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 11-4 8-11, 10-12, 12-10 (51m)
[12] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 6-11, 16-14, 8-11, 11-7 (53m)
[L] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bt [2] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-1: 7-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9 (37m)
 

Reports

Quarter Finals

ElShorbagy Brothers to Go Head-to-Head in Historic Final

Bristol-based brothers Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy will become the first siblings in history to contest the Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championship when they go head-to-head in tomorrow's (December 17) final on a day that will also see fellow Egyptians Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily go head-to-head in the women's final at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Since the first men’s World Championships in 1976, some of the greatest names ever to play the sport have gotten their hands on the coveted title and Mohamed and Marwan will have the chance to add their names to the elite list of previous winners after respective wins over World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and World No.3 Ali Farag in the last four.

Mohamed is set to compete in his third World Championship final after beating Frenchman Gaultier by an 12-10, 11-4, 11-9 scoreline and he will look to make amends for defeats to Ramy Ashour in both the 2012 and 2014 finals as he aims to capture the only major title missing from his trophy cabinet.

“He [Greg] is 34-years-old and I’m 26-years old and that’s the 22nd time we have played on Tour, so I think that shows how great of a player he is because I hope at his age I can play even half as well as the way he is playing,” said ElShorbagy, who has now reached seven PSA World Tour finals in a row.

"We always play tough matches together, the first game was very crucial, just like how it was with Nick and Ramy [in the quarter finals and third round, respectively], so taking the first game gives you a huge boost for the rest of the match.

“I’m happy to win in three and I look forward to coming back here tomorrow.”

Marwan, meanwhile, will appear in his maiden World Championship final after he came through a gruelling five-game encounter with Farag 11-8, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.

The brothers will meet for the 11th time on the PSA World Tour, with Mohamed having won 8 of their previous clashes, and they will be the first siblings to compete in a PSA World Championship final since the Grinham sisters, Rachael and Natalie, who reached the 2007 women’s final.

“It feels amazing,” said Marwan.

“This is for our family. Two brothers in a final, I don’t think it has ever been done before. We’re so close to each other and it is a dream for both of us and these are the kind of things you visualise when you are young, it’s a dream come true.

“Just to have my mum here watching is amazing and this is for her and for our family. She is always there and always supports us."

The women’s final will be a repeat of April’s World Championship title-decider in El Gouna after El Sherbini and El Welily came through contrasting semi-final fixtures and they will go head-to-head for the $45,000 prize purse, which is equal to the men’s prize money for the first time in history.

El Sherbini, who in the 2015 edition became the youngest female World Champion of all time, got the better of El Welily eight months ago and she will target a third successive World Championship crown after storming to an 11-0 win in the fifth game of a nervy clash with compatriot Nour El Tayeb - who is married to Farag.

“I’ve never had a match like that in the last game, it’s weird,” said World No.1 El Sherbini.

"I just tried to take the lead, I didn’t know what she was going to do. It was weird to finish like that, but a good thing for me. When you’re down and you come back, I was trying to think point by point and just keep fighting."

El Welily, meanwhile, had an easier time of things against World No.3 Camille Serme as she dominated her French opponent to take an 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 win in 39 minutes, sending Serme out at the last four stage for the second time in a row.

"El Sherbini is such an exciting player to watch," said El Welily, who also fell to a defeat in the 2014 final against Malaysia’s Nicol David.

"She’s very skilful with the racket and you never know what she’s going to hit next. these are great times for Egyptian squash. The women’s game is very exciting at the moment, people are moving in and out of the top eight every month.”

The finals of the 2017 AJ Bell PSA World Championships will take place tomorrow, with the men’s final following on from the women’s title-decider, which will begin at 17:00 local time (GMT).

Action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) while multiple broadcasters around the world - such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro - will also show the finals live.
 

Quarter FInals Lower Half

ElShorbagy Ends Gawad’s Title Defence

Egypt’s World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy will appear in the semi-finals of the AJ Bell PSA World Championships for the first time in his career after he saw off defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad inside Manchester Central Convention Complex on day six of the sport’s most prestigious tournament.

Gawad had been struggling with a shin injury prior to the tournament and a ruthless performance from 24-year-old ElShorbagy ground his compatriot down in 42 minutes by an 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 scoreline.

ElShorbagy’s win lines up the tantalising prospect of the men’s final featuring siblings for the first time, with older brother Mohamed - a two-time World Championship runner-up - in semi-final action against World No.1 Gregory Gaultier tomorrow on the opposing side of the draw.

“I’m so happy, I can’t even describe how I’m feeling right now,” said Marwan.

“It’s my first semi-final at the World Championships and obviously it is the biggest tournament of the year. This is what we train for and I am happy with my performance today.

“Of course, I saw Karim had an injury break and I hope whatever it is, I hope it’s not too serious. I just had to keep my focus. I think I lost my concentration a little bit in the third game and he came back very well but I’m just happy and I need to focus on my game because I have a big match tomorrow coming up."

Marwan will clash with World No.3 Ali Farag in an attempt to set up a final meeting with either Mohamed or Gaultier, after Farag - October’s U.S. Open champion - recovered from a game down to beat Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez 5-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6.

“Miguel started off firing in the first, he was much more aggressive than I was in the back corners, consistently in front of me and dominating the centre of the court throughout the entire first game," Farag said.

“Thankfully, in my corner I had the former World No.1 [Karim Darwish], my coach, who knows what to say at the right times.

“All credit to Miguel, he didn’t make it easy until the very last minute, but I’m very happy to be in the semi-finals for the first time along with my wife [World No.8 Nour El Tayeb], so hopefully we both keep proceeding.”

Farag is part of a six-strong Egyptian contingent across both the men’s and women’s tournaments as two-time World Champion runner-up Raneem El Welily also moved through to the semi-finals.

El Welily, who lost out to World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in April’s World Championship final, ended eight-time winner Nicol David’s tournament, avenging her defeat to the Malaysian in the title-decider of the 2014 instalment.

“I am really happy to be through,” said El Welily.

“Nicol will always put up a fight, especially in the World Championship, it’s her favourite tournament.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and I had to regroup and push back after she took the second game. I’m now looking forward to playing Camille again. She’s obviously on top form.”

She will take on French World No.3 Camille Serme for a place in the final for the second World Championships in a row after Serme moved into the last four of the World Championships for the second time in a row courtesy of a dominant 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 win over New Zealand’s Joelle King.

“I’m not thinking about winning it yet, I was just so focused on that one," said Serme who, along with compatriot Gaultier, are the only non-Egyptians left in the tournament.

"I knew it was going to be a tough battle. Although it was 3-0, it was a hard match. Mentally and physically, the rallies were pretty quick and the pace was fast. I’m just relieved after this win."

The semi-finals of the World Championships take place tomorrow (December 16) with action from all four matches shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and mainstream broadcast channels around the world, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

Play from the first session starts at 13:00 local time (GMT), with the second session getting under way at 17:30.
 

Quarter Finals Top Half
 

England’s Matthew Makes Last Ever Appearance at PSA World Championships After Falling to ElShorbagy in Quarter-Finals

Legendary Englishman Nick Matthew made his last ever appearance at the AJ Bell PSA World Championships after the 37-year-old fell to World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the quarter-finals of the sport’s most prestigious tournament, which is this year being held at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Sheffield-born Matthew, the only Englishman ever to win the World Championships, will retire at the end of the 2017/18 season and he was returning to the scene of his 2013 World Championships title win, where he lifted his third and final World Championship crown.

But he was up against a rampant ElShorbagy today, with the Egyptian powerhouse dominating the first two games to go ahead. Matthew fought back to take the third - resulting in a huge cheer from the former World No.1’s home crowd - but he was powerless to stop the former 26-year-old from wrapping up an 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 victory to end English participation at this year’s World Championships.

“I was playing against someone who is one of the greatest in the game,” said ElShorbagy, who has won 14 of his 23 matches with Matthew on the PSA World Tour.

"Whatever day it is, you know he is going to step it up and I always step it up against him. He certainly gave a huge fight when he was 2-0 down and I certainly didn’t expect anything less from him.

“It was such a high-quality match as expected and it has always been a great rivalry between us and an interesting one as there is 11 years difference between me and him. To have a rivalry with him is something that I will remember for the rest of my career."

Matthew said: “2013 is a special memory and everyone around me is so comfortable here and it was my minimum this week to get to this venue. This crowd is absolutely fantastic and I know they were willing me on.

"It’s disappointing to go out in the quarters but I’m proud of my performance and if I keep playing like that, then a Commonwealth Games title is a realistic target and I’ll end this tournament with good memories of how I fought back.”

World No.1 Gregory Gaultier will stand between ElShorbagy and a place in a third World Championships final after the 34-year-old Frenchman defeated New Zealand’s World No.8 Paul Coll in straight games - just one day after wife Veronika gave birth to the couple’s second son, Liam.

"The doctor said we could do the birth earlier than the due date, which was December 20," said 2015 World Champion Gaultier.

"I was very close to flying home and coming back but I couldn't get a direct flight. I slept for about three hours last night. I felt huge relief when the baby was born. I was energetic, but a little drained.

"Today I went on court and focused on the match and she was sending me pictures and I was happy and I play well when I'm happy. There's no thinking when I'm happy, I just hit my targets. If I could win this week, having a new born child, it would be the best week of my life, the strawberry on top of the cake."

Defending champion Nour El Sherbini moved to within one win of a third successive Women’s World Championship final after the World No.1 dismantled compatriot and World No.5 Nouran Gohar.

El Sherbini, 22, sent Gohar out at the semi-final stage of the last two World Championships - which she then went on to win, becoming the first Egyptian female to lift the biggest prize on the women’s Tour in the 2016 edition - and she did it a round earlier this year by taking a 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 victory.

“I think it is very hard to play against someone that you are so used to playing against.” said El Sherbini, who has now beaten Gohar six times in a row, including at last month’s Hong Kong Open.

“You know she makes a plan based on the last match. It's hard to play players so close together because it makes it hard to change game plans. I try to mix the pace with her a lot.

“There’s no pressure on me. I'm approaching it like a normal tournament, just like any others and enjoy my squash match by match. If I think about it then it becomes pressure, so I just try not to think about it.”

Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb was the other victor on day five, beating Welsh No.1 Tesni Evans 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 to reach her first ever World Championships semi-final.

“I wasn’t as accurate or as aggressive as I hoped, but to get a 3-0 at the end of the day is a very good thing for me,” said El Tayeb.

“Recently, I’ve been trying to accept the nerves. You have to be nervous, if you weren’t, it’s not normal. I try to accept it and keep my mind on the squash.”

Quarter-finals action continues tomorrow (December 15) from 14:30 GMT, with all of the matches shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 

Third Round Lower Half

King and El Welily Condemn English Women to Worst Ever Performance

There will be no English representatives in the quarter-finals of the Women’s AJ Bell PSA World Championships for the first time ever in the history of the 38-year-old tournament after World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.16 Victoria Lust fell to New Zealand’s Joelle King (right) and Egypt’s Raneem El Welily, respectively, as second round action came to an end at the 2017 edition.

Yesterday saw England No.1 Laura Massaro and England No.3 Alison Waters exit the tournament on the opening day of second round women’s matches and Perry joined them in elimination after going down in four games to World No.9 King inside Manchester’s National Squash Centre.

A slow start from Birmingham-born Perry saw the 2017 British Open runner-up go a game down and, despite battling back to take the second, she was powerless to stop an in-form King from moving into the last eight for the first time since the 2013 instalment, courtesy of an 11-1, 6-11, 14-12, 11-6 victory.

“I think we’re the two tallest female players on the Tour, so it’s always tough trying to get the ball past each other,” said King.

“We’re also good friends off court, so it’s always nice just to come and play some good squash, where whoever plays the best squash on the day wins.

“I normally play quite a high-intensity style of play and I think you could see today that I was quite tense in my movement. One of the things that [Coach] Hadrian [Stiff] has been working on a lot is to make me more relaxed but still stay aggressive.”

French World No.3 Camille Serme will stand between King and a maiden World Championship semi-final appearance after she eased past United States No.1 Olivia Blatchford, winning 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 in 26 minutes.

Meanwhile, El Welily’s 3-1 win over Lust - which leaves men’s World No.6 Nick Matthew as the only English player left standing in the tournament - means that she will take on Malaysia’s eight-time winner Nicol David in the quarter-finals in what will be a repeat of the 2014 World Championship final, where David recovered from four championship balls down to win.

“I don’t think Nicol and I have played each other in a while," said El Welily.

"Nicol is a legend of squash and it will be an exciting match. It’s never going to be easy but I hope it’s a match people will enjoy.”

The men’s tournament saw round three draw to a close as defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad kept his title defence on course, with the Egyptian World No.4 recovering from a game down to defeat Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal 12-14, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7.

Gawad will take on World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy in the next round, with ElShorbagy defeating Frenchman Lucas Serme - the younger brother of Camille - to reach a maiden World Championship quarter-final.

“Today was a tough day and I had to fight until the end," said Gawad, who beat compatriot Ramy Ashour in last year’s final.

"Even when I was 10-6 up in the fourth, I knew he could come back easily with his awesome winners, so I knew I had to push until the end.

“Last year I had no pressure and I played my best squash for the whole month and I won it last year. This year, I came here with a little bit of pressure as I’m defending the title but I just try to play like it is the first match of the tournament.”

Colombia’s former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez became the first South American to reach the quarter-finals at this tournament two years ago and he matched that finish after a surprise five-game victory over World No.7 Tarek Momen.

“It’s been a tough season, probably the worst in my career, but this is definitely my best tournament of the year," Rodriguez said.

“Two years ago I had my best season, so I’m trying just to enjoy my game as I’ve achieved a lot of dreams already and I’m happy to represent my country and represent South America.”

He will face World No.3 Ali Farag, who made it a four-strong Egyptian contingent in the men’s quarter-final - matching the women’s event - after the U.S. Open champion defeated Australia’s Cameron Pilley with a devastating display to take it in three.

Quarter-final action begins tomorrow as play moves over to the all-glass showcourt at Manchester Central Convention Complex and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 14:30 local time (GMT).
 

Third Round Top Half

Evans Sends England No.1 Massaro to a Shock Defeat on Day Three

Welsh World No.14 Tesni Evans claimed the biggest win of her career as she sent England No.1 Laura Massaro crashing out of the 2017 Women’s AJ Bell PSA World Championships on day three of the prestigious tournament taking place in Manchester - becoming the first Welsh player since former men’s World No.5 and current PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough in 2007 to reach the last eight of the World Championships.

The pair had met in the quarter-final stage of last month’s Hong Kong Open, with Massaro - the 2013 World Champion - prevailing in four games.

But, inside Manchester’s National Squash Centre, it was Evans who got the better of the World No.4 this time around, and she will face U.S. Open champion Nour El Tayeb in the last eight, while Massaro has failed to reach the quarter-finals of this tournament for the first time in seven years.

“I kept on wondering throughout the match if today would be my day – and it was,” Evans said.

“My heart is racing fast. I felt like I had quite a lot of control in the first two games and then towards the end of the third game I was edgy to the max.

“I was just hoping she would give me a tin and that’s probably not the best way to play Laura because she didn’t give me anything. I was really working hard to get the point at the end but she kept coming back and back at me and I’m just delighted to get the win.”

Evans and El Tayeb will be joined in the quarter-finals by defending champion Nour El Sherbini (left)and World No.5 Nouran Gohar, who beat Japan’s Satomi Watanabe and England’s Alison Waters, respectively, to set up a third consecutive World Championships meeting between each other.

“I was moving well and towards the end of the game I found my range,” said El Sherbini.

“I’m pleased with the performance because she’s a very talented player and has beaten a lot of good players."

The men’s tournament saw World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy avenge his 2012 and 2014 World Championship final defeats to three-time winner Ramy Ashour, beating his fellow Egyptan 14-12, 11-7, 11-4.

It was the latest chapter in the pair’s enthralling rivalry - with Ashour winning seven of their previous nine meetings coming into the match - but ElShorbagy, who has won five of his last six PSA World Tour events, pulled away after a pulsating first game to claim a 17th successive victory on the Tour.

“The level we played at in the first game, I haven’t played that level in a very long time,” said ElShorbagy.

“The quality of the game was unbelievable and to be able to get the win today, I’m just really happy. It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the tournament.

“I feel really blessed to be part of a squash match that the whole world was waiting for, as not many athletes when they retire can say something like that.”

ElShorbagy will face yet another long-term rival in England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew, who reached an 11th successive World Championship quarter-final after beating Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi - despite the match suffering a 90-minute delay towards the end of the fixture after a lunge from Matthew saw the 37-year-old dislodge a floorboard on the court.

Matthew was two games up and 8-6 ahead in the third when the incident happened and, when it was fixed, he made no mistake in closing out the match, taking it 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 to set up a 23rd PSA World Tour meeting between himself and ElShorbagy.

"It’s not easy to stay warm [during the delay], it’s an awkward length of time and it’s difficult mentally as well," said Matthew, who is playing his last World Championships after announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season.

"You’re feeling the burn in the legs because they’ve got cold and there were a couple of mis-hits and a few nerves because it was a really crucial point of the match. It wasn’t easy, but it’s the same for both players and you have to adapt."

World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and World No.8 Paul Coll will meet for a second tournament in a row in the other confirmed men’s quarter-final courtesy of respective wins over English duo Declan James and Daryl Selby.

Round three action from the men’s tournament and fixtures from round two of the women’s tournament continues tomorrow, with all matches broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 

Second Round

ElShorbagy and Ashour to Meet in Blockbuster Third Round Battle

World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy and three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour (right) will meet in a spectacular third round showdown at the 2017 Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championship tomorrow (December 12) in a repeat of both the 2012 and 2014 World Championship finals.

ElShorbagy and Ashour have had an enthralling rivalry on the PSA World Tour ever since their first meeting back in 2009 and they will meet for the 10th time after they claimed respective wins over Welshman Joel Makin and 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad at Manchester’s National Squash Centre.

Ashour has won seven of their meetings - including wins in both of their World Championship final clashes - but, with ElShorbagy in red-hot form having won five of his last six PSA World Tour events, the eyes of the squash world will be on their climactic meeting tomorrow.

“It was a tough match as he [Makin] fought hard,” said ElShorbagy after his 15-13, 11-5, 12-10 victory.

“It’s a long tournament and you’re not going to feel at your best every single day, but its more important that for those difficult days you find a way to win and that’s what I did.

“Matches like this sharpen you up and it was important for me to get a hard match before I play a big match against Ramy. We [him and Ramy] are both athletes and we both want to win.”

Meanwhile, Ashour triumphed 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 to dispose of former World No.3 Mosaad in straight games.

“It’s not good to play people who are your friends on tour and that you are close to,” said Ashour.

“As Egyptians we are close and we train together so there is a matter of respect and decency on court because we are together all the time. I thought he played well and I thought I played well so it was a good match."

Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew was also victorious on day two courtesy of a 3-1 win over Hong Kong’s Max Lee and his reward is a third round meeting with World No.37 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, who will become the first Qatari ever to appear in the third round of the World Championships after his win over Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet.

Matthew will be joined by compatriots Daryl Selby and Declan James, with Selby beating New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson and James coming back from two games down and match ball down to beat Mexico’s Cesar Salazar, reaching the third round of this tournament for the first time in his career.

He will face World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, while defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad, World No.3 Ali Farag, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Marwan ElShorbagy, Lucas Serme and Saurav Ghosal all claimed victories.

2013 World Champion Laura Massaro prevailed on the opening day of main draw action in the women’s event after a 3-0 win over Nele Gilis saw her progress to round two, where she will take on Welshwoman Tesni Evans in a repeat of last month’s Hong Kong Open quarter-final.

“It just felt really good to get my World Championships underway,” said Massaro.

“With all the build-up and with it being in Manchester, I’ve been asked a lot of questions about the event, not only for the last few weeks but the last few months, so it was great to get it going.

“I’ve got to be careful it doesn’t feel too homely, like I’m just rocking up for a practice match, so it was nice to have some home support and I’m sure it’ll be the same again tomorrow.”

Defending champion Nour El Sherbini was also in action and she dispatched Australia’s Donna Urquhart in straight games as she kickstarted her attempts to lift a third World Championship title.

“We just played in Hong Kong second round,” said El Sherbini following the match.

“I’m just trying to focus on my game and my squash more and not put any pressure on myself and try to enjoy the game. I’m going to do my best and whatever happens it’s not the end of the world.”



April’s World Championship runner-up Raneem El Welily defeated Rowan Elaraby, while the likes of World No.3 Camille Serme, World No.5 Nouran Gohar and eight-time World Champion Nicol David also won.




 

First Round

English Quintet Advance to Second Round of PSA World Championships in Manchester

Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew led four of his fellow Englishmen through to the second round of the 2017 Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championship as the sport’s most prestigious tournament got under way today (December 10) in Manchester’s National Squash Centre.

Matthew, the 37-year-old from Sheffield, overcame a fierce challenge from compatriot George Parker as he fought back from 2-1 down to avoid a shock exit at his last ever World Championships.

2017/18 will be Matthew’s final season on the PSA World Tour after he announced his decision to retire at the end of the season and the man known as ‘The Wolf’ lives to fight another day at the tournament after coming back to take an 11-2, 8-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-6 victory in 60 minutes.

“I’m relieved, you don’t want to take away from your opponent’s performance but mentally I wasn’t at the races at all,” said Matthew, who will face Hong Kong’s Max Lee in round two.

“After the first game I just sort of switched off and I thought it was going to be easier than what it was. I should know better than that and hopefully it will get me into the tournament now.

“I had to dig in and I guess that’s why I’ve been successful in the past, as you are able to win those sorts of matches. I felt like I was hitting the ball pretty well, I was moving pretty well, it’s all there but mentally I need to apply myself a lot better and remember how hard I have to work tomorrow.”

Matthew will be joined in the next round by compatriots Daryl Selby, Declan James, Chris Simpson and Ben Coleman, while his long-term rival and former World No.1 James Willstrop (left) bowed out on day one after retiring from his match with former training partner Saurav Ghosal due to illness.

“It’s really sad that James, who is such a great player and has achieved so much, has fallen sick in his home World Championship and he’s not well,” said Ghosal.

“Considering the way the season has gone, I think it would have been a really good match for the spectators to watch and for both of us to play. Both of us know each other really well and it’s a travesty that that has happened today."

World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy kickstarted his attempts to win a first ever World Championship title after the Bristol-based Egyptian saw off compatriot Mazen Hesham.

ElShorbagy, a runner-up at this tournament in 2012 and 2014, has reached six consecutive PSA World Tour finals and his superb spell showed no signs of slowing down against Hesham as he claimed an 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 victory in 36 minutes to set up a second round meeting with Joel Makin.

“I’m really happy, it was such a tough first round for both of us,” ElShorbagy said.

"He definitely doesn’t deserve to be out in the first round. He’s such a great player and I had to prepare so well for it. Normally at the start of a tournament you’re not sharp, but I couldn’t do that today.

"We played some good squash, it was very high quality and I’m happy to be through in three.”

There were also wins for World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad and World No.3 Ali Farag, who beat Todd Harrity, Nicolas Mueller and Adrian Waller, respectively. Three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour was also in action as he dispatched tournament wildcard Joshua Masters.

"Last year I won the tournament and I wasn’t really expecting to win,” said Gawad.

“I just wanted a good result and I won the tournament. This year, I came here with a lot of pressure trying to defend my title. I’m just trying to forget about the pressure a little bit and focus match by match and take baby steps and hopefully I can reach the final and defend my title."

Qatar’s World No.37 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi was also in impressive form to see off World No.9 Simon Rösner

Meanwhile, the qualifying stages of the Women’s World Championship came to an end today, with Yathreb Adel claiming the day’s biggest win over top qualifying seed Hania El Hammamy in five games to set up a main draw clash with Alison Waters.

40-year-old Rachael Grinham was also victorious to move through to her 22nd World Championship main draw, where she will meet Hong Kong’s Annie Au. Belgium’s Nele Gilis and Canada’s Hollie Naughton were also winners courtesy of triumphs against Nada Abbas and Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Gilis will play 2013 World Champion Laura Massaro, while New Zealand’s World No.9 Joelle King awaits Naughton.
 

Qualifying

Fallows & Parker Advance to Main Draw

England’s Fallows and Parker Advance to Main Draw of Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championships as Qualifying Concludes

English duo Richie Fallows and George Parker will appear in the main draw of the Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championships for the first time after they defeated Evan Williams and Rex Hedrick, respectively, to qualify for the main draw of the sport’s biggest tournament as qualifying came to an end at Manchester’s National Squash Centre.

Fallows, the World No.50 from London, overcame New Zealand’s World No.92 Williams by an 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 12-10 scoreline to ensure that he will take on fellow Englishman Declan James in round one of the main draw.

Parker will also be involved in an all-English first round fixture - against three-time World Champion Nick Matthew, who is making his last ever appearance at the iconic tournament - after an 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 victory saw him upset Australia’s number three qualifying seed Hedrick.

Elsewhere, Frenchman Baptiste Masotti earned his place in the main draw of this tournament for the first time after he followed up an impressive first qualifying round win over top qualifying seed Mazen Gamal with a 3-0 victory over England’s Adam Murrills.

His reward is a meeting with Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi in the main draw, while he will be joined by compatriot Auguste Dussourd, whose 3-1 win over Lyell Fuller will see him pitted against Scotland’s Alan Clyne in round one.

Egypt’s World No.58 Youssef Soliman disposed of Denmark’s Kristian Frost to set up a first round clash with fellow Egyptian Mohamed Reda, with Karim El Hammamy also progressing to ensure that there will be 15 Egyptians involved in the men’s main draw.

Meanwhile, qualification for the women’s tournament - which features equal prize money for the first time and will be held alongside the men’s tournament for only the second time in history - began today (December 9) with all five English players falling at the first hurdle.

Japanese World No.67 Satomi Watanabe caused the day’s biggest shock after she felled Canada’s World No.24 Samantha Cornett and she will meet compatriot Misaki Kobayashi for a place in the main draw.

French World No.30 Coline Aumard also fell at the first hurdle after a surprise defeat to Scotland’s World No.60 Lisa Aitken.

There were also wins for the likes of Hania El Hammamy, Mayar Hany and Nele Gilis, all of whom will take on Egyptian opposition in the final round of qualifying.

The AJ Bell PSA World Championships is the biggest tournament in squash and will see the men’s and women’s tournaments played side by side for the first time since 2011, while equal prize money will be on offer for the first time in history.

 

Previews

Elias Withdraws

Peruvian World No.12 Diego Elias has pulled out of the upcoming AJ Bell PSA World Championships in Manchester due to a hamstring tear.

The 21-year-old from Lima has been in fine form so far this season, claiming semi-final spots at the Oracle NetSuite Open and Channel VAS Championships in recent months, but he will miss out on a third appearance at the sport’s biggest tournament.

His withdrawal has resulted in a reshuffle to the men’s draw, with Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan now facing a qualifier, while England’s World No.47 Nathan Lake – who came within a whisker of beating eventual champion Karim Abdel Gawad in round one of last year’s tournament – comes into the main draw and he will take on compatriot Chris Simpson.

2017 AJ Bell PSA World Championship – Revised Men's First Round Draw
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Ivan Yuen (MAS)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [Qualifier]
Declan James (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Tom Richards (ENG) v [15] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[13] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Campbell Grayson (NZL) v [Qualifier]
Greg Lobban (SCO) v Raphael Kandra (GER)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [8] Paul Coll (NZL)
[5] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Max Lee (HKG) v [Qualifier]
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [11] Simon Rösner (GER)
[10] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [WC] Joshua Masters (ENG)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Joel Makin (WAL) v [Qualifier]
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
Mohamed Reda (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [14] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[12] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Olli Tuominen (FIN)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v Leo Au (HKG)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [7] Tarek Momen (EGY)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
Nathan Lake (ENG) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
Lucas Serme (FRA) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [16] Borja Golan (ESP)
[9] James Willstrop (ENG) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v [Qualifier]
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [Qualifier]
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)


The 2017 Men’s and Women’s AJ Bell PSA World Championships will get underway at the National Squash Centre, Manchester between December 8-13 before the tournament moves to Manchester Central between December 14-17 for the quarter-final stages onwards.
 

Gaultier And El Sherbini Top Seedings

Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, the 2015 title winner, and two-time champion Nour El Sherbini of Egypt have been named as the respective number one seeds for the 2017 AJ Bell PSA World Championships, which take place in Manchester, England from December 8-17.

The pinnacle event in the squash calendar, the World Championships bring together almost 200 of the world's top players, representing upwards of 30 nations, to contest the sought after title which, for the first time in history, will see the men and women compete for an equal prize purse - with the winners set to take home a record total in excess of $45,000 each.

El Sherbini, who in 2015 became the youngest World Championship winner ever at the age of 20, will be hoping to complete a hat trick of triumphs and sits atop the draw ahead of compatriot Raneem El Welily, whom she defeated in the 2016 title decider.

France's Camille Serme, England's Laura Massaro - the 2013 winner - Nouran Gohar, eight-time winner Nicol David of Malaysia, Sarah-Jane Perry of England and recent U.S Open winner Nour El Tayeb complete the top eight seedings in the women's draw - while American Amanda Sobhy misses the event after failing to recover from a torn achilles tendon earlier this year.

2011 finalist Jenny Duncalf is the tournament wildcard while her partner - and 2007 title winner - Rachael Grinham will become the oldest woman ever to compete in the event at the age of 40.

In the men's draw, World No.1 Gaultier occupies the number one seeding ahead of defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad - the Egyptian who claimed the title in surprise on home soil in Cairo last year, beating compatriot and three-time winner Ramy Ashour in the finale.

Two-time runner-up Mohamed ElShorbagy - who lost both the 2012 and 2014 titles to Ashour - takes the number three seeding ahead of recent U.S. Open champion Ali Farag.

England's Nick Matthew, who at 37 will be competing in his final World Championships, takes the number five seeding and will be hoping for a repeat of the success he had in 2013 when he claimed his third World title inside Manchester Central, defeating Gaultier in the decider.

Gaultier and Matthew are the only non-Egyptian players inside the top eight seedings in the men's draw as Gawad, ElShorbagy and Farag are joined by Marwan ElShorbagy - younger brother of Mohamed - Tarek Momen - the recent Qatar Classic runner-up - and Fares Dessouky.
 

World Championships A Hot Ticket In Manchester

Huge demand for tickets for the AJ Bell PSA World Championships has already seen several days of the event sell out in what promises to be a spectacular showcase for squash in Manchester.

Three days are already sell-outs with the action scheduled to take place from 8th – 13 December at the National Squash Centre in Sport City, before moving to Manchester Central for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals from 14th – 17th December.

Tickets for the final on 17th December at Manchester Central and earlier rounds on Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th December at the National Squash Centre have completely sold out and few tickets remain for the semifinals on Saturday 16th December.

With quarter-final matches on Thursday 14th potentially featuring men’s World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, women’s defending champion Nour El Sherbini and home favourites Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew, in what will be his last World Championships following his retirement announcement, remaining tickets are bound to sell fast.

The second day of quarter-finals action on Friday 15th will also be a feast of riches for squash fans with potential match ups between defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad and Marwan ElShorbagy and eight-time champion Nicol David and World No.2 Raneem El Welily.

AJ Bell PSA World Championships Event Director Paul Walters commented:

“We are delighted with the demand for tickets for what promises to be a fantastic ten days of live sport in Manchester. British squash fans are clearly excited with the prospect of seeing the world’s best in action up close and people who may have never watched squash live before will get to witness the speed and exhilaration of the sport at first hand.”

Manchester has previously hosted the World Championships in 2008 and 2013.

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “This strong response to our hosting of the Squash World Championships comes as no surprise and I’m sure that the chance to watch world-class squash will inspire more Mancunians to try out the sport for themselves, at our state-of-the-art National Squash Centre.”

With only two weeks to go, until matches kick off the advice is get your tickets now before it’s too late!

Tickets are priced from just £10 and are available to purchase by visiting:
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ajbellworldchamps
 

 

History

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History Of The World Championships

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

Whilst the Women’s 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 McKay’s 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 Men’s and Women’s 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 Men’s World Championship title after he beat Pakistan’s 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 Men’s 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 Khan’s are the most decorated players to have graced the Men’s World Championship with Jansher having eight to his name, whilst Jahangir captured the title six times – 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 women’s event over the next decade, with Michelle Martin’s 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.

England’s 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 Grinham’s 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 England’s 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 sport’s biggest prize when she battled back from two games down to become the youngest ever Women’s World Champion at the age of 20 – eclipsing the record set by Devoy 31 years earlier.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are priced from just £10 and are available to purchase by visiting: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ajbellworldchamps
 

 

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The 2017 Men’s and Women’s AJ Bell PSA World Championships will get underway at the National Squash Centre, Manchester between December 8-13 before the tournament moves to Manchester Central between December 14-17 for the quarter-final stages onwards.
 

 

 

 


 

 

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