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Mohamed ElShorbagy in action against Gregory Gaultier

World Series Finals: Tournament Preview

The ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals begins tomorrow with the tournament set to light up Emirates Golf Club between June 5-9.

Featuring only the top eight players who qualified on the PSA World Series Standings from both the Men’s and Women’s tour, the World Series Finals looks set to showcase the best of what the PSA World Tour has to offer with players battling it out for the prestigious title and share of the lucrative $160,000 prize fund.

The World Series Finals features a unique best of three format throughout the group stages before reverting to the traditional best of five format in the final meaning the players will have to be at their very best from the first point with little room for error.

World No.1 and reigning World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy topped the Men’s World Series Standings after a phenomenal season that saw him recapture his No.1 ranking and win three World Series titles at the Qatar Classic, Hong Kong Open and Windy City Open along with runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open and British Open. ElShorbagy will face Colombia’s World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez on day one.

ElShorbagy’s compatriot Ali Farag finished second on the World Series Standings after he claimed his maiden World Series title at the U.S. Open back in October.

Farag has enjoyed his best season to date on the PSA World Tour and has become a main contender in the latter stages of the big tournaments throughout the year which has seen his World Ranking rise to a career-high of World No.2.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Simon Rösner will face Egypt’s former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad on day one after the 30-year-old also enjoyed his best season.

The German secured a surprise victory at January’s Tournament of Champions as he clinched his first World Series title. Rösner has become a force to reckoned with on the PSA World Tour and will be aiming to finish his season on a high with victory in Dubai.

His opponent on day one, Gawad, has endured a frustrating season to date after the success he had during the 2016/17 season when he topped the Road to Dubai Standings. However, the Egyptian will be looking to put his injury troubles behind him and claim his first World Series Finals title.

Egypt’s World No.4 Tarek Momen has been a consistent figure at the World Series tournament late stages this season but has been unable to turn his form into title wins, something which he will be looking to correct at Dubai’s Emirates Golf Club this week.

Rodriguez, Gregory Gaultier and Nick Matthew complete the men’s line-up.

Colombia’s Rodriguez earned his place in Dubai thanks to his ground-breaking victory in Hull at the British Open. The 32-year-old from Bogota stunned the field to take his first ever World Series title and become the first South American winner of the tournament.

Rodriguez’s win looked as though it had ousted England’s Nick Matthew from the tournament, however due to Marwan ElShorbagy’s late withdrawal due to injury, Matthew was reinstated and will now end his career in Dubai and will be hoping to make it the fairytale ending to a stellar career.

France’s former World No.1 Gaultier, meanwhile, will face Farag on day one as he looks to put an injury-troubled 2017/18 campaign behind him and add a fourth World Series title to his ever-expanding collection.

On the Women’s World Series Standings, it was Egypt’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini who finished top after taking home four World Series titles this season. The 22-year-old has been in scintillating form as she captured the British Open, Hong Kong Open, Tournament of Champions and Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters titles.

In second place was compatriot Raneem El Welily who secured the El Gouna International title along with capturing her maiden PSA World Championship crown in Manchester throughout a successful season.

World No.3 Nour El Tayeb is another Egyptian who will be competing for the title in Dubai after securing both the U.S. Open and Windy City Open titles throughout the course of the season.

El Tayeb has showcased she has all the attributes to compete for squash’s biggest titles this season and will be looking to finish her season on a high point at her first World Series Finals in Dubai.

Completing the Egyptian contingent is Nouran Gohar. The young Egyptian – who has claimed two Macau Open titles this season – will face El Tayeb on day one.

Defending champion Laura Massaro will be aiming to make it a hat-trick of titles in Dubai when she gets her tournament under way against El Welily.

The Englishwoman has been a consistent fixture in semi-finals at the World Series tournaments this season.

Elsewhere, New Zealand’s Joelle King will kickstart her debut in Dubai against last year’s runner-up El Sherbini.

King has got back to her best this season following her career-threatening achilles injury as she has returned to World No.4 and reached her first World Series tournament final at the Windy City Open when she narrowly lost out to Egypt’s El Tayeb.

France’s Camille Serme and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry complete the women’s line-up. Serme – who finished top of the Road to Dubai standings last year – has endured a frustrating season by her standards but will be aiming for a big performance in Dubai to claim her first World Series Finals title.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Perry, meanwhile, faces Serme in round one and will be hoping to add to her Oracle NetSuite Open title which she secured at the start of the season.

The World Series Finals will get under way at 15:00 when Perry takes on Serme before Rösner faces Egypt’s Gawad in the men’s event.

Every fixture will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and final will be broadcast on live mainstream channels across the globe, including BT sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

Tickets for the World Series Finals can be purchased via Platinumlist.

Squash fans can follow the tournament on www.worldseriesfinals.com or on Facebook.

PSA Dubai World Series Finals – Groups

Women – Group A
Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
Joelle King (NZL)
Nouran Gohar (EGY)

Women – Group B
Raneem El Welily (EGY)
Laura Massaro (ENG)
Camille Serme (FRA)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

Men – Group A
Nick Matthew (ENG)
Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
Tarek Momen (EGY)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)

Men – Group B
Ali Farag (EGY)
Simon Rösner (GER)
Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Match Schedule
June 5 2018
15:00 Perry v Serme
15:45 Rösner v Gawad
16:30 El Welily v Massaro
17:15 Farag v Gaultier

20:00 El Sherbini v King
20:45 ElShorbagy v Rodriguez
21:30 El Tayeb v Gohar
22:15 Matthew v Momen

June 6 2018
15:00 Perry v Massaro
15:45 Gawad v Gaultier
16:30 El Welily v Serme
17:15 Farag v Rösner

20:00 El Sherbini v El Tayeb
20:45 ElShorbagy v Momen
21:30 King v Gohar
22:15 Matthew v Rodriguez

June 7 2018
15:00 Massaro v Serme
15:45 Rösner v Gaultier
16:30 Perry v El Welily
17:15 Farag v Gawad

20:00 El Sherbini v Gohar
20:45 ElShorbagy v Matthew
21:30 El Tayeb v King
22:15 Momen v Rodriguez