PSA Dubai World Series Finals News
Emirates Golf Club to Host 2017/18 PSA Dubai World Series
The world’s best squash players are set to appear at Emirates Golf Club
between June 5-9 after the Professional Squash Association (PSA) today
announced that the 2017/18 edition of the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series
Finals will be staged on a specially-constructed all-glass showcourt on
the premises of the historic 36-hole golf course.
The agreement, which was reached in association with event management
company JK58, means that Emirates Golf Club will become the latest
stunning venue in Dubai to showcase the PSA World Series Finals, with
the 2015/16 edition held in the shadow of the world’s tallest building -
the Burj Khalifa - while the 2016/17 instalment saw squash become the
first sporting event ever to take place at Dubai Opera.
“During the past three years Dubai has proven to be the perfect
destination for the PSA World Series Finals and I am excited to be
taking the event back to the Emirate again this June,” said PSA Chairman
and A. A. Turki Group of Companies (ATCO) Chairman Ziad Al-Turki.
“Every major sport in the world has a presence in Dubai and I’m
delighted that squash continues to be a part of that. We have built a
strong association with Dubai and Dubai Sports Council since first
bringing the World Series Finals there in 2016 and this year we are
excited to be working with Emirates Golf Club to put on another
world-class sporting occasion.
“The World Series Finals is a showcase event for squash, something that
fits perfectly with Dubai and Emirates Golf Club and I look forward to
welcoming some of the world’s finest athletes back to Dubai again on
Dubai Golf Chief Executive Christopher May said: “We are delighted to be
the venue for this prestigious event. Over our 30 year history we have
welcomed a host of sporting legends and icons to Emirates Golf Club, we
are all looking forward to what will be a fantastic tournament and
witnessing another world-class sporting occasion at the Club”.
In order to qualify for the PSA World Series Finals, players must finish
in the top eight on the PSA World Series Standings, with points on offer
at all eight World Series tournaments throughout the 2017/18 season and
nine players - five men and four women - have already qualified after
stellar performances in the first five events.
The top three qualification spots for both men and women are currently
taken up by Egyptians. World No.1 and defending champion Mohamed
ElShorbagy has been in blistering form this year, appearing in four
World Series finals while winning three of them, and the 27-year-old
currently tops the standings.
Fellow Egyptians Ali Farag ,Tarek Momen and Marwan Elshorbagy fill
second, third and fifth, respectively, with Germany’s Simon Rosner
sitting in fourth after winning January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of
2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, three-time World Champion Nick
Matthew and three-time World Series Finals winner Gregory Gaultier
currently take up the rest of the spots inside the top eight.
The women’s line-up is led by World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, with Nour El
Tayeb in second and World Champion Raneem El Welily in third. New
Zealand’s Joelle King sits in fourth after a runner-up finish in the
Windy City Open in February and her first appearance at the World Series
Finals in June will come shortly after her gold medal success at this
month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.
France’s Camille Serme, defending champion Laura Massaro, Egypt’s Nouran
Gohar and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry complete the top eight on the
women’s standings, while two-time winner Nicol David currently sits 15
points behind Perry and, after falling to India's Joshna Chinappa in the
second round of the El Gouna International yesterday (April 22), has a
real fight on her hands to qualify.
The battle for the final qualification places continues this week at the
El Gouna International which concludes on April 27, with the final
event, the Allam British Open, held from 15-20 May.
With an equal prize purse of $160,000 on offer in both the men's and
women's tournaments in Dubai, the five day event will bring together the
cream of squash talent - with players playing round-robin best-of-three
matches as they battle for a place in the knockout semi-finals.
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