Stars battle for place in play-offs
By ELLIE MAWSON
Egypt’s World No.2 Nour El Sherbini has booked her place at the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals after her victory over World No.1 Raneem El Welily in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
The PSA World Tour Finals will be held in June 2019 and will host both a men’s and women’s tournament. The reigning world champions and all seven PSA World Tour Platinum winners will qualify for the prestigious event. The other qualifying spots will go to the next highest-ranked players on the PSA World Tour Finals leaderboard.
Former World No.1 El Sherbini captured her first Platinum title of the season as she retained her crown in New York at the Tournament of Champions (right), courtesy of a straight-games victory over the woman who took her World No.1 ranking, compatriot El Welily.
El Welily remains top of the women’s leaderboard with 8,925 points after reaching her fifth consecutive final this season and sits ahead of El Sherbini, who has now moved up to second place.
New Zealand’s Joelle King sits in third, while England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (4th), France’s Camille Serme (5th), Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb (6th), Nouran Gohar (7th) and England’s Alison Waters all reside in the top eight.
The men’s leaderboard sees Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag remain in first place with 13,120 points after claiming his first Tournament of Champions title last week, while compatriot Mohamed ElShorbagy is in second place.
Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad sits in fourth position but has already secured his place at the PSA World Tour Finals after winning the CIB Black Ball Squash Open last month, while Tarek Momen (3rd), Germany’s Simon Rösner (5th), New Zealand’s Paul Coll (6th), Peru’s Diego Elias (7th) and Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar (8th) all occupy the rest of the top eight.
The world’s top players will head to Chicago for the 2018-19 PSA World Championships next, which will take place between February 23-02 March in the Grand Hall at Union Station.
PSA World Tour Finals leaderboard.
Report by ELLIE MAWSON (PSA Media team). Edited by ALAN THATCHER.
Pictures courtesy of PSA