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Windy City blows in with biggest ever prize fund for PSA World Series

Windy City blows in with biggest ever prize fund for PSA World Series

Total purse of $500,000 split between men and women in Chicago next month By SEAN REUTHE   The 2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company will become the most lucrative PSA World Series tournament ever next month when $500k of prize money will be split equally across both [...]

January 16, 2018 Alan Thatcher News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy seeks first Canary Wharf title in March

Mohamed ElShorbagy seeks first Canary Wharf title in March

Prize money increase attracts galaxy of stars By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy is in line to make his first appearance at the prestigious Canary Wharf Classic for five years after the entry list for the PSA M100 tournament was released today (January 12). This year’s instalment of the Canary [...]

January 13, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy top seed as Canary Wharf prize fund hits $100,000

Mohamed ElShorbagy top seed as Canary Wharf prize fund hits $100,000

Six-times champion Nick Matthew makes farewell appearance at the East Wintergarden By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The Canary Wharf Squash Classic will enjoy a boost in status as the popular London tournament celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2018 with a significant rise in prize money. A dazzling array of the world’s leading players, led [...]

January 4, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily crowned world champions

Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily crowned world champions

‘I have won everything in the sport now, but my brother’s time will come’ By SEAN REUTHE in Manchester    Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily are the 2017 AJ Bell PSA World Champions after an enthralling day of final action at Manchester Central Convention Complex saw both players enter the history books [...]

December 17, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

ElShorbagy brothers meet in World Championships final

ElShorbagy brothers meet in World Championships final

All-Egyptian finals in Manchester By SEAN REUTHE    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 [...]

December 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Marwan’s Manchester dream comes true as he takes out reigning world champion

Marwan’s Manchester dream comes true as he takes out reigning world champion

Egypt 6, France 2 in semi-finals By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   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 [...]

December 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Nick Matthew’s fighting finale in World Championships farewell

Nick Matthew’s fighting finale in World Championships farewell

‘He is one of the greatest’ says ElShorbagy By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   Legendary Englishman Nick Matthew made his last ever appearance at the AJ Bell PSA World Championships as the 37-year-old fell to World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the quarter-finals of the sport’s most prestigious tournament at Manchester Central Convention Complex. Sheffield-born Matthew, [...]

December 15, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

El Welily and King condemn England to worst-ever World Championship record

El Welily and King condemn England to worst-ever World Championship record

Nick Matthew makes a stand for host nation in Manchester By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   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 [...]

December 14, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Tesni Evans topples Laura Massaro in Worlds shock

Tesni Evans topples Laura Massaro in Worlds shock

Milestone wins for Tesni Evans and Paul Coll as Mohamed ElShorbagy beats Ramy Ashour in a squash classic By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   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 [...]

December 13, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

ElShorbagy and Ashour to clash in PSA World Championship blockbuster

ElShorbagy and Ashour to clash in PSA World Championship blockbuster

Egyptian aces renew rivalry in Manchester By SEAN REUTHE   World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy and three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour will meet in a spectacular third round showdown at the 2017 Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championship today (December 12) in a repeat of both the 2012 and 2014 World Championship finals. ElShorbagy and Ashour [...]

December 12, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Nick Matthew meets George Parker in World Championship first round

Nick Matthew meets George Parker in World Championship first round

Richie Fallows faces Declan James in all-English tie By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   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 [...]

December 10, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Wild card Josh Masters meets Ramy Ashour in World Championship

Wild card Josh Masters meets Ramy Ashour in World Championship

Tough test for rising England star By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Rising England squash star Josh Masters, who was runner-up in the Select Gaming Kent Open earlier this year, faces a daunting challenge after being awarded the wild card in the AJ Bell World Championships in Manchester. Masters, the 6ft 4in tall world No.55 [...]

December 7, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Needing the 5,000: Aussies target new supporters

Needing the 5,000: Aussies target new supporters

Squash Victoria reaches out to bring all players, fans and families into the fold By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Here at Squash Mad we are always delighted to share great ideas to help grow the game. Data capture is obviously an important factor in helping the sport to know who is playing squash and [...]

November 22, 2017 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Nour El Sherbini and Mohamed ElShorbagy win Hong Kong titles

Nour El Sherbini and Mohamed ElShorbagy win Hong Kong titles

ElShorbagy praises Farag after brutal final in Hong Kong By SEAN REUTHE   Men’s World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Women’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini kept the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open titles in Egyptian hands after they beat compatriots Ali Farag and Raneem El Welily, respectively, to triumph in the final [...]

November 20, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Tesni Evans and Declan James reach Hong Kong quarters

Tesni Evans and Declan James reach Hong Kong quarters

Evans overcomes Alison Waters as Dessouky injury gives James a walkover By ALAN THATCHER and SEAN REUTHE   England’s Declan James will make his maiden appearance in a PSA World Series quarter-final round after his opponent, Egypt’s Fares Dessouky, retired with an injury in the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open. On [...]

November 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0