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French double at PSA Awards

Camille Serme and Gregory Gaultier with their PSA Player Of The Year awards in Dubai

Gregory Gaultier and Camille Serme are PSA Players Of The Year


There was double delight for France at the 2016-17 PSA Awards as Men’s World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and Women’s World No.3 Camille Serme collected the Player of Year Awards during a gala dinner at the Vida Hotel, Dubai.

On the eve of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals, Gaultier, who begins the defence of his title today (June 6) against Ali Farag, was presented with the Men’s trophy following a run of form that has seen him collect six consecutive titles and go 27 matches unbeaten so far in 2017.

Gaultier narrowly edged Karim Abdel Gawad – the World Champion and former World No.1 – to the award which was chosen by the PSA Awards Committee, a group consisting of selected influential former players, members of the media, tournament promoters and PSA Board representatives and a social media vote.

Serme was honoured with the Women’s Award after a breakthrough season saw her become the first Frenchwoman to win the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions – making her the only Women’s player to win two World Series titles this season.

Gaultier also collected the Men’s Shot of the Season and Men’s Match of the Season awards while his opponent this evening, Farag, collected the Male Spirit of Squash Award.

Chosen by his fellow players, the prize goes to the player who best demonstrated sportsmanship throughout the season both on and off court. Compatriot Raneem El Welily collected the Women’s award.

Nick Matthew with his Services To Squash Award

El Welily also picked up the Women’s Shot of the Season Award and was one half of the Women’s Match of the Season combination with England’s Sarah-Jane Perry while another Egyptian, Nouran Gohar, collected the Women’s Young Player of the Year Award for the second year running. Peruvian Diego Elias, the former World Junior Champion, was named Men’s Young Player of the Year.

The final prize of the evening went to England’s Nick Matthew, who was presented with the PSA Services To Squash Award in recognition of his contribution to the sport during the past 12 months.

The year saw the Yorkshireman, among other community initiatives, donate his prize money from the Canary Wharf Classic to aid young squash player Sumner Malik in his battle with cancer.

PSA 2016-17 Awards, Vida Hotel, Dubai.

PSA Men’s Player of the Year
Winner: Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
Runner-up: Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

PSA Women’s Player of the Year
Winner: Camille Serme (FRA)
Runner-up: Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

PSA Men’s Young Player of the Year
Winner: Diego Elias (PER)
Runner-up: Fares Dessouky (EGY)

PSA Women’s Young Player of the Year
Winner: Nouran Gohar (EGY)
Runner-up: Zenia Mi

Spirit Of Squash – Men’s
Winner: Ali Farag (EGY)

Spirit Of Squash – Women’s
Winner: Raneem El Welily (EGY)

Services To Squash
Awarded to: Nick Matthew (ENG)

Shot of the Year – Men
Winner: Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Shot of the Season – Women
Winner: Raneem El Welily (EGY)

Match of the Season – Men
Winner: Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 3-2 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) – 2017 Tournament of Champions, Semi-final

Match of the Year – Women
Winner: Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-2 Raneem El Welily (EGY) – 2017 Tournament of Champions, Quarter-finals  

Pictures courtesy of PSA 


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