Friday, March 1, 2024

No place for Shabs in World Series Finals

Shabana misses out as Tarek

takes final World Series spot

Report by LEE HORTON

REIGNING champ Amr Shabana won’t make the World Series Finals – if and when they are staged in 2014 – unless another player in the world’s top eight pulls out.

Shabs, who beat Gregory Gaultier in last January’s final at The Queen’s Club in London, finished tied eighth with Egyptian team-mate TarEk Momen in this year’s event, but misses out having played fewer events. That leaves the charismatic Shabana, nicknamed the Maestro, as first reserve needing a drop out for him to be included.

January’s scheduled World Series Finals at the Queen’s Club were shelved after promoter,  Saudi businessman Ziad Al-Turki, elected not to go ahead with sponsorship.

That left PSA organisers facing a race to find a new backer, date and venue for the tournament, which has been screened live by Sky Sports for the past two years. Squash Mad understands that PSA chief executive Alex Gough has intimated privately that he is confident of staging the event, possibly by next March. We contacted PSA press officer Nathan Clarke by email requesting information but received no reply.

To read how Squash Mad reported the cancellation of the World Series Finals, click here.

Final World Series Standings

1Ramy AshourEgypt440.0005
2Gregory GaultierFrance400,0007
3Nick MatthewEngland390,0007
4James WillstropEngland265,0007
5Mohamed ElshorbagyEgypt245,0006
6Karim DarwishEgypt195,0007
7Simon RosnerGermany120,0007
8Tarek MomenEgypt115,0007
8-Amr ShabanaEgypt115,0005
10Peter BarkerEngland110,0006
10-Borja GolanSpain110,0005
12Omar MosaadEgypt95,0006
13Cameron PilleyAustralia90,0006
13-Daryl SelbyEngland90,0004
15Karim Abdel GawadEgypt85,0006
15-Saurav GhosalIndia85,0006
17Stephen CoppingerSouth Africa75,0006
18Nicolas MuellerSwitzerland70,0007
18-Laurens Jan AnjemaNetherlands70,0006
18-Miguel Angel RodriguezColombia70,0006

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