Women’s world squash champ Nour El Sherbini to headline top field in Dubai

Published May 11th, 2016 - 02:08 GMT
Nour El Sherbini
Nour El Sherbini

An outstanding lineup of the best women’s squash players in the world will arrive in Dubai in just a few weeks to contest the lucrative season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals, which will be held May 24-28 in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai.

Heading the lineup is the sensational Nour El Sherbini who will arrive in Dubai as the newly-crowned world champion after a stunning victory over the then world No. 1 and top seed Laura Massaro at the Naza PSA Women’s world Championship in Malaysia last month. At just 20 years of age, El Sherbini’s win sees her become the youngest ever and the first Egyptian female to become world champion.

Coming just a month after she became the first female Egyptian to win the prestigious Allam British Open, El Sherbini was once again in scintillating form in Malaysia, defeating home hero and eight-time World Champion Nicol David in the last eight before beating British Open finalist Nouran Gohar to set up a final clash with defending champion Massaro.

After falling two games behind, it looked as if El Sherbini would have to settle for a second runner-up finish but she came storming back to take the next three games and become the new world champion, overtaking Susan Devoy as the youngest ever world champion.

El Sherbini’s win also pushed her to the number one position on the rankings, and on current form she is hot favorite to take out the PSA World Series Finals in Dubai.

El Sherbini is used to making history though, in 2009 she became the youngest ever world junior champion when she claimed the title at just 13 years old. She broke into the world’s top 50 at just 14 years of age, and won her first tour title in June 2009. In 2012 she captured the squash world’s attention when she made it to the final of the British Open before losing to Nicol David in the final. In 2013 she lifted her third World Junior Championship, becoming the first player ever to do so.

El Sherbini will now look to the Dubai PSA World Series Finals as a tournament in which she can further stamp her credentials as world’s best female player. But with a field which includes one of the legends of world squash Nicol David, as well as Massaro, and former world number one and the woman who ended David’s nine-year streak as World No.1, Raneem El Welily, El Sherbini will have to be at her best to take out the title.

With an equal prize purse of $160,000 on offer in both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments the five day event will bring together the cream of squash talent, including five PSA World Championship winners and seven World No.1s, in two groups of four — with players playing a round-robin best-of-three series for place in the knockout semifinals.

In the women’s pools announced last week, Group A will see Massaro up against Nicol David, former world junior champion and 2016 British Open runner-up Nouran Gohar and Amanda Sobhy – also a former world junior champion who will be the first US born player ever to compete in the World Series Finals.

Group B will see El Sherbini challenge compatriots Raneem El Welily, and former world junior champion Omneya Abdel Kawy, with Frenchwoman Camille Serme completing the line-up. Serme came to the world’s attention when in 2015 she became the first Frenchwoman to take out the British Open, defeating home favorite Massaro.

In the men’s competition, current Men’s World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy will face Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Mathieu Castagnet of France and England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew in Group A, while world Champion Gregory Gaultier of France will face Australia’s dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist Cameron Pilley, Germany’s Simon Rösner, and 2015 World Championships runner- up, Egypt’s Omar Mosaad in Group B.

Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, His Excellency Saeed Hareb said: “The caliber of the players heading to Dubai for the PSA Dubai World Series Finals is nothing short of spectacular, and it promises to be the most fiercely contested Finals yet. With so many players capable of taking home the title, the competition is certain to be thrilling and the purpose built venue in Burj Park will add to the atmosphere of this world class event.”

Tickets to see the top eight men and women in the world compete for one of the most important titles on the world tour, the PSA Dubai World Series Finals on 24-28 May are on sale now through Ticketmaster:
https://www.ticketmasteruae.ae/etkinlik-grup/699890/ALL/en. Tickets start at 25dhs per session for general entry.

Further information on the PSA World Series and the PSA World Tour is available online here: www.psaworldtour.com.

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