Hamstring injury forces Egyptian ace to pull out of World Series Finals
By SEAN REUTHE
Egypt’s World No.3 Marwan ElShorbagy has withdrawn from next week’s ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals due to a hamstring injury – meaning three-time World Champion Nick Matthew will make the final appearances of his career at the season-ending tournament held at Emirates Golf Club between June 5-9.
Defeat to German qualifier Raphael Kandra at the Allam British Open earlier this month saw Matthew finish ninth on the PSA World Series Standings, which meant he missed out on a top eight place which would have seen him qualify for Dubai.
That match against Kandra looked set to be the 37-year-old’s last ever match on the PSA World Tour as he entered retirement but the withdrawal of ElShorbagy (right) has handed the Englishman one last chance to bow out in a blaze of glory.
Matthew replaces the Egyptian in Group A of the men’s tournament, which also contains Marwan’s older brother, World No.1 Mohamed and British Open champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez, while World No.4 Tarek Momen moves into Group A.
Momen switches places with three-time winner Gregory Gaultier, who moves into Group B to sit alongside World No.2 Ali Farag, Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner and former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad.
The World Series Finals features a round robin, best-of-three games group stage format and Matthew will get his tournament under way against Momen at 22:15 local time (GMT+4) on the first day of the tournament.
The group stages take place between June 5-7, while the semi-finals are due to take place from 20:00 on June 8, with the finals beginning at 20:00 on June 9.
Every fixture will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and finals will be broadcast live on 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.
2017-18 ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals – Revised Group Draw:
Men’s Group A
Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
Tarek Momen (EGY)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Nick Matthew (ENG)
Men’s Group B
Ali Farag (EGY)
Simon Rösner (GER)
Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
Women’s Group A
Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
Joelle King (NZL)
Nouran Gohar (EGY
Women’s Group B
Raneem El Welily (EGY)
Laura Massaro (ENG)
Camille Serme (FRA)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
Article by SEAN REUTHE (PSA PR and Media Director). Edited by ALAN THATCHER
Picture and graphics courtesy of PSA