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Laura Massaro and Nour El Sherbini in last year's final

Throwback Thursday: Story of the 2017 Women’s PSA Dubai World Series Finals

There is less than a week to go until the 2017/18 ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals take place at the Emirates Golf Club from June 5-9.

The PSA World Series Finals brings together the top eight players on the men’s and women’s World Series Standings as they battle it out for a share of the $160,000 lucrative prize fund.

To get you in the mood for another week of thrilling squash, we take a look back at the story of last year’s women’s tournament….

Results
Round One
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 2-1: 13-11, 3-11, 11-3 (35m)
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 2-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-3 (39m)
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 2-0: 12-10, 12-10 (30m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 2-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 (37m)

Then-World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry claimed her first ever win over Nour El Sherbini with a superb performance that saw her fightback from a game down.

El Sherbini took the opener but Perry refused to be beaten and came out fighting to take the next two games.

Meanwhile, defending champion Laura Massaro also got her tournament off to a winning start as she defeated eight-time World Champion Nicol David 2-0.

Round Two
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 2-1: 11-6, 12-14, 14-12 (50m)
[4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 2-0: 16-14, 11-7 (26m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 2-0: 11-6, 11-9 (21m)
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 2-0: 11-6, 14-12 (35m)

Massaro became the first player in the women’s event to qualify for the semi-finals after she defeated compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry in Group A.

A confident display from the Englishwoman saw her follow up her opening day win as she overturned five game balls in the second to seal the victory by an 11-6, 14-12 scoreline.

El Sherbini sits in second place in Group A after she claimed an eighth successive win over David, meaning that the Malaysian missed out on a place in the semi-finals for the first time in her glittering career.

Round Three
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [8] Alison Waters (ENG) 2-0: 11-7, 14-12 (35m)
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 2-1: 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 (40m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 2-1: 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 (41m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [3] Laura Massaro (ENG) 2-1: 6-11, 12-10, 11-2 (35m)

El Sherbini earned her place in the knockout stages at the expense of England’s Perry after she recovered from a game down to beat last year’s winner Massaro.

Massaro was 1-0 up and match ball up in the second game until a spirited fightback from El Sherbini saw the Egyptian World No.1 turn the match on its head to triumph.

Meanwhile, France’s Camille Serme made her way through as the only female player to hold a 100 per cent record after she beat World Championship runner-up Raneem El Welily to make it three wins out of three in her group.

Semi-final
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [1] Camille Serme (FRA) 2-1: 15-17, 11-3, 12-10 (60m)
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 2-1: 12-14, 12-10, 11-7 (47m)

Massaro and El Sherbini set up a repeat of the 2015 PSA Women’s World Championship final after they achieved respective victories over Nouran Gohar and Camille Serme.

Defending champion Massaro was two match balls down to Gohar but dug into her mental reserves to take the win in three games and reach the final for a third time in succession.

Meanwhile, El Sherbini is through to a second Tour final in a row after she ended World No.3 Serme’s tournament.

Final
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)

England’s Massaro became only the second woman ever after Malaysian legend Nicol David to win two World Series Finals titles after she overcame El Sherbini in straight-games.

Massaro was appearing in the final of the World Series Finals for a third time in a row and had won one and lost one of her final appearances against Egypt’s Raneem El Welily and Malaysia’s David, respectively.

“I’m really happy with my performance overall,” said Massaro.

“It took a lot of focus, discipline, hard work and I had to keep pushing throughout the whole match. The first two games were really tight and I managed to get that good lead in the third.

“I’m one of the oldest ones on Tour now and as long as I feel as though I’m still in contention to win titles then I’m happy.”