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World champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily top seeds in San Francisco

San Francisco champions in 2017, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Sarah-Jane Perry

Stars set to shine in San Francisco at Oracle NetSuite Open

Some of the greatest squash players across the globe will compete at the 2018 edition of the Oracle NetSuite Open, with reigning World Champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily headlining the men’s and women’s events respectively between September 27 – October 2 when world-class squash return to the stunning glass show court erected alongside the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The Oracle NetSuite Open boasts one of the most unique and eye-catching venues in squash and this year celebrates its seventh year held on Embarcadero Plaza, which is located on the spectacular San Francisco waterfront in front of the famous Ferry Building.

Defending champion ElShorbagy will appear alongside World No.2 Ali Farag in the men’s draw, which boasts eight of the world’s top 10, including British Open champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rosner, and past Oracle NetSuite Open champions Gregory Gaultier and Ramy Ashour, who will join the battle for honours at the PSA World Tour Gold tournament.

In the women’s tournament, El Welily makes her first ever appearance at the event and competes in a draw full to the brim with world-class players, including 2016 winner Laura Massaro, defending champion Sarah-Jane Perry and the player she beat in the final, Nicol David.

Perry’s title-winning displays last October made up for a runner-up finish at the 2015 instalment, where she lost to United States favourite Amanda Sobhy. Sobhy missed last year’s tournament due to an achilles injury but she makes her return this year to join compatriot Olivia Blatchford in the draw of the PSA World Tour Silver women’s event.

The spectacular venue for the Oracle NetSuite Open in Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco

The Oracle NetSuite Open is one of the most highly-anticipated tournaments on the PSA World Tour and offers in excess of $200,000 worth of prize money across both draws.

The prestige of the tournament and the lucrative prize purse has helped draw in stars from across the world, with 17 different nationalities represented across both the men’s and women’s events.

Tickets start from $20 and can be purchased via the tournament website.

First and second round action will be split between the Bay Club Redwood Shores, Squash Zone, Bay Club San Francisco, the Olympic Club and the University Club while the quarter-finals onwards will be held at the Oracle NetSuite SuiteSuccess court erected on Embarcadero Plaza from September 29.

Fixtures shown on the Oracle NetSuite SuiteSuccess court will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only). 

2018 Men’s Oracle NetSuite Open, San Francisco, USA.

Entry List:
1) Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2) Ali Farag (EGY)
3) Tarek Momen (EGY)
4) Simon Rösner (GER)
5) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
6) Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
7) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
8) Ramy Ashour (EGY)
9) Diego Elias (PER)
10) Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11) Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
12) James Willstrop (ENG)
13) Cesar Salazar (MEX)
14) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
15) Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
16) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
17) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
18) Lucas Serme (FRA)
19) Alan Clyne (SCO)
20) Campbell Grayson (NZL)
21) Joel Makin (WAL)
22) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
23) Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
Wildcard) Charlie Johnson (ENG)

2018 Women’s Oracle NetSuite Open – Entry List
1) Raneem El Welily (EGY)
2) Joelle King (NZL)
3) Camille Serme (FRA)
4) Laura Massaro (ENG)
5) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
6) Nicol David (MAS)
7) Alison Waters (ENG)
8) Annie Au (HKG)
9) Olivia Blatchford (USA)
10) Salma Hany (EGY)
11) Donna Lobban (SCO)
12) Amanda Sobhy (USA)
13) Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
14) Fiona Moverley (ENG)
15) Yathreb Adel (EGY)
16) Mille Tomlinson (ENG)
17) Jenny Duncalf (EN)
18) Rachael Grinham (AUS)
19) Nadine Shahin (EGY)
20) Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
21) Coline Aumard (FRA)
22) Hollie Naughton (CAN)
23) Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
Wildcard) TBC

Pictures courtesy of PSA


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