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CONTENTS

MOHAMED ELSHORBAGY & LAURA MASSARO CROWNED PSA

DUBAI WORLD SERIES FINALS CHAMPIONS

06 MOHAMED ELSHORBAGY AND DEFENDING CHAMPION LAURA MASSARO CLAIMED

THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TITLES AT THE SEASON-ENDING PSA DUBAI WORLD SERIES

FINALS FOLLOWING VICTORIES OVER JAMES WILLSTROP AND NOUR EL SHERBINI

RESPECTIVELY INSIDE THE STUNNING DUBAI OPERA

GREGORY GAULTIER WINS BELLEVUE CLASSIC

09 GREGORY GAULTIER CLAIMED HIS SIXTH SUCCESSIVE PSA WORLD TOUR TITLE

WITH VICTORY OVER EGYPT’S ALI FARAG IN THE FINAL OF THE INAUGURAL PACIFIC

MARKET INTERNATIONAL BELLEVUE SQUASH CLASSIC - A WIN WHICH SAW THE

FRENCHMAN RETURN TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD RANKINGS AND BREAK HIS OWN

RECORD AS THE OLDEST EVER WORLD NO.1

GREGORY GAULTIER WINS GRASSHOPPER CUP

11 GREGORY GAUTIER WON THE 39TH PSA WORLD TOUR OF HIS CAREER, AND

HIS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE TOURNAMENT WIN OF 2017, WITH VICTORY OVER ALI

FARAG IN THE FINAL OF THE GRASSHOPPER CUP IN ZURICH TO RECORD HIS 23RD

CONSECUTIVE VICTORY ON THE INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT

NOUR SHERBINI RETAINS WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

12 EGYPT’S FIRST EVER FEMALE SQUASH WORLD CHAMPION NOUR EL SHERBINI

SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HER ORASCOM DEVELOPMENT PSA WOMEN’S WORLD

CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AFTER DEFEATING COMPATRIOT RANEEM EL WELILY TO TAKE

THE HONOURS IN EL GOUNA, EGYPT

GREGORY GAULTIER WINS EL GOUNA INTERNATIONAL

15 GREGORY GAULTIER LIFTED HIS FOURTH SUCCESSIVE PSA WORLD TOUR TITLE

WITH AN EMPHATIC 11-6 11-8 11-7 DEFEAT OF WORLD CHAMPION KARIM ABDEL GAWAD

IN THE FINAL OF THE 2017 EL GOUNA INTERNATIONAL - THE FINAL PSA WORLD

SERIES TOURNAMENT HELD IN THE NEW MARINA ON THE BANKS OF EGYPT’S RED

SEA ALONGSIDE THE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

QUESTION & ANSWER: SARAH-JANE PERRY

16 WORLD NO.7 & BRITISH NO.2 SARAH-JANE PERRY TALKS WITH INTERNATIONAL

SQUASH MAGAZINE

AJ BELL PSA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MANCHESTER 2017

19 MANCHESTER WILL BECOME ONLY THE SECOND CITY EVER AFTER ROTTERDAM

SIX YEARS AGO TO HOST THE PSA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

SIDE-BY-SIDE - WITH THE ICONIC EVENT BOASTING EQUAL PRIZE MONEY FOR THE

FIRST TIME IN HISTORY BETWEEN THE 9TH AND 17TH DECEMBER

THE SCIENCE OF SQUASH

21 NEVER BEFORE HAS SUCH A BOOK BEEN PUBLISHED SPECIFICALLY FOR SQUASH

– THE SCIENCE OF SQUASH, WRITTEN BY STAFFORD MURRAY, IS A MUST READ FOR

ALL WHO HAVE ANY KIND OF INTEREST IN EITHER SCIENCE OR SQUASH

BARCELONA GLOBAL SQUASH

22 BARCELONA GLOBAL SQUASH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2015 BY HEAD COACH

VICTOR MONTSERRAT AND CEO ADRIAN BLAKEMORE AND RUN OUT OF

BARCELONA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SPORTS AND WELLNESS CENTRES IS WIDELY

ACKNOWLEDGED AS ONE OF EUROPE`S MOST PROGRESSIVE SQUASH ACADEMIES

GREGORY GAULTIER & LAURA MASSARO CROWNED ALLAM

BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS

25 GREGORY GAULTIER AND LAURA MASSARO TRIUMPHED ON FINALS DAY AT THE

2017 ALLAM BRITISH OPEN, CLAIMING RESPECTIVE WINS OVER NICK MATTHEW AND

SARAH-JANE PERRY AT THE PSA WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENT HELD IN HULL’S

AIRCO ARENA

ASICS GEL-TASK SQUASH SHOE

27 INTERNATIONAL SQUASH MAGAZINE REVIEWS THE LATEST EDITION OF THE ASICS

GEL-TASK WHICH REMAINS POPULAR WITH SQUASH PLAYERS OF ALL STANDARDS,

OFFERING LIGHTWEIGHT, DURABILITY AND SUPPORT, COMPLEMENTED BY CLASSIC

AND CONTEMPORARY STYLING

WORLD RANKINGS

29 MEN’S & WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS AT A GLANCE

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World Amateur Champion (aged 15)

Youngest British Open & World Champion (aged 17)

Unbeaten in 555 consecutive matches over 5 years

and 8 months – the longest winning streak of any

sportsman

10 time British Open Champion (1982-1993)

6 time World Champion

Played longest squash match in

history (2 hours, 46 minutes)

JAHANGIR


If longevity, consistency and

domination in their sport are the key

ingredients to being recognised as the world’s

greatest sportsman, there is only one name that

stands head and shoulders above all others.

Jahangir Khan is a man whose name is synonymous

with squash. A man universally recognised as the

world’s greatest ever player and an athlete who

transcended his sport to be acknowledged as the world’s

greatest ever sportsman. A man who set the bar so high,

precious few others have come close, never

mind surpass his achievements.

Through courage, determination and personal sacrifice,

Jahangir Khan overcame personal tragedy to dominate

and ultimately transcend the world’s most

physically demanding sport.

Throughout his record breaking career, he used

and was synonymous with only one brand.

INSPIRED BY JAHANGIR KHAN MADE TO WIN


PSA DUBAI WORLD SERIES FINALS

MOHAMEDELSHORBAGY

&LAURAMASSARO

CROWNEDPSADUBAIWORLD

SERIESFINALSCHAMPIONS

Mohamed ElShorbagy and defending champion Laura Massaro claimed

the men’s and women’s titles at the season-ending PSA Dubai World

Series Finals following victories over James Willstrop and Nour El Sherbini

respectively inside the stunning Dubai Opera.

The championships brought together the top eight qualifiers

from the annual men’s and women’s PSA World Series

tournaments, featuring a format of two pools of four players,

with best-of-three-game matches, leading to semi-finals and

best-of-five-game finals.

ElShorbagy ended a difficult season on a high to lift his first

ever PSA World Series Finals crown and his first World Tour title

since November with an impressive 57-minute 12-10 11-9 11-8 win

over surprise finalist James Willstrop.

Willstrop, the former World No.1 reached the showpiece finale

for the first time in his career after a sequence of impressive

victories over reigning World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, Ali Farag

and World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, with his only losses in

the prestigious event coming at the hands of ElShorbagy who

also defeated the 33-year-old Englishman on the opening day of

the group stages.

Whilst remaining unbeaten throughout the five-day

championships, which also included wins over Farag, Gaultier

and Simon Rösner of Germany in the semi-finals, ElShorbagy’s

form remained inconsistent although offered renewed hope for

the new season.

“To win this tournament has been a dream for so long,”

acknowledged the Egyptian after lifting his 25th PSA World

Tour title.

“It’s a very emotional win. I lost some confidence in myself

during the season but I feel like I bounced back this week. I don’t

want to lose. I hate losing. This season I didn’t play with my

spirit, but I’m really proud I got that back this week. It was my

best squash since being World No.1.”

Appearing in her third consecutive final, Massaro’s successful

title defence saw her achieve another career milestone by

becoming only the second woman ever after Malaysian legend

Nicol David to win two World Series Finals titles after she

overcame El Sherbini in straight games.

The pair had met earlier on in the tournament, with El Sherbini

winning the best-of-three games contest to qualify second in

Group B, but in the best-of-five games final, it was Massaro who

emerged the victor after claiming an 11-8 12-10 11-5 victory to

capture her 22nd PSA World Tour crown.

“I’m really happy with my performance overall,” said Massaro.

“It took a lot of focus, discipline, hard work and I had to keep

pushing throughout the whole match. The first two games were

really tight and I managed to get that good lead in the third.

“I’m one of the oldest ones on Tour now and as long as I feel

as though I’m still in contention to win titles then I’m happy. To

be able to win the British Open, to reach the final of the ToC

[Tournament of Champions] and to win here really makes me

think that I’m still in contention and I can still win titles.”

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PSA DUBAI WORLD SERIES FINALS

PSA Dubai World Series Finals

Men’s Final:

[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [6] James Willstrop (ENG)

12-10, 11-9, 11-8

Women’s Final:

[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

11-8, 12-10, 11-5

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GREGORY GAULTIER

WINS BELLEVUE CLASSIC

GREGORYGAULTIER

WINSBELLEVUECLASSIC

TOCAPTURESIXTHSUCCESSIVETITLE

Gregory Gaultier claimed his sixth successive

PSA World Tour title with victory over Egypt’s

Ali Farag in the final of the inaugural Pacific

Market International Bellevue Squash Classic -

a win which saw the Frenchman return to the

top of the World Rankings and break his own

record as the oldest ever World No.1.

The 34-year-old was meeting Farag for a second successive final after the

pair contested the Grasshopper Cup final a fortnight earlier and the young

Egyptian pushed his battle-hardened rival to tie-breaks in the opening

two games, with Gaultier forced to fight back from a game ball

down in the opener and then four game balls down in the second

to take the lead.

Farag continued to hit several sublime winners in the third to

lead 6-3, but Gaultier dug in once more to move back out in

front and close-out the match on his first championship ball

and complete a sequence of 27 undefeated matches on the

PSA World Tour and an even more remarkable 10 matches

without dropping a single game.

Gaultier’s victory, his 40th PSA World Tour title in his 79th

final, also saw him win over $25,000 in prize money - a

record for a PSA tournament featuring a 16-man draw.

The Frenchman’s incredible run of form in 2017 has seen

him add the Bellevue Classic crown to successive title wins

at the Swedish Open, Windy City Open, British Open, El

Gouna International and Grasshopper Cup and assured the

irrepressible Frenchman of reclaiming the World No.1 ranking

from Karim Abdel Gawad.

“I am not going to say that it was easy to keep fresh every

day, I had to find the motivation every day, but I did find

it, and every day I was happy to come and play,” said

Gaultier. “I just forgot about being tired, about the little

aches and pains, and just pushed myself on the day.

Farag, who moved into the world’s top five for the first

time following his recent rich vein of form, added:

“Obviously I am disappointed, but I’m happy with how

I finished the season reaching two finals in a row.

“The minute I stepped off court at the Grasshopper

final, I had a game plan, and I couldn’t wait to try it

on court. I think I was unlucky in the first game, I was

playing well, doing the right things, but I wasn’t sharp

enough and Greg was too confident.”

2017 Pacific Market International Bellevue

Squash Classic

Final:

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [3] Ali Farag (EGY)

12-10, 12-10, 11-8

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NOUR SHERBINI RETAINS WOMEN’S

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN

NOURSHERBINI

RETAINSWOMEN’SWORLDCHAMPIONSHIPCROWN

Egypt’s first ever female squash World Champion Nour El Sherbini

successfully defended her Orascom Development PSA Women’s World

Championship title after defeating compatriot Raneem El Welily to take

the honours in El Gouna, Egypt.

Orascom Development PSA

Women’s World Championship

Final:

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [3]

Raneem El Welily (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 11-9

Held at the New Marina against the

backdrop of Egypt’s Red Sea, El

Sherbini, who defeated Laura Massaro

12 months ago to become the youngest

Women’s World Champion of all time,

was in spell-binding form to dispatch her

nervous fellow Alexandrian El Welily,

who was appearing in her second World

Championship final.

The 21-year-old hit her targets well and

never allowed her compatriot to settle

into her game to close-out a near-faultless

11-8 11-9 11-9 victory and etch her name

into the history books once more.

El Sherbini’s victory brought a six-month

title drought to an end and was her first

major title since she lifted her first World

Championship title in Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia a year ago.

“I’m over the moon, two or three months

ago I wouldn’t have imagined that I would

have won because I haven’t won a [major]

title this season,” said El Sherbini.

“It felt like I wasn’t going to win this

season anymore, but once I knew that

it was going to be in Egypt, I was so

excited and I wanted to come and play

in El Gouna.

“I’m really happy to win in front of my

home crowd and it’s never easy to play

Raneem. I’ve grown up learning a lot from

her and she’s told me a lot of things off

court and on court. She’s the best ‘sister’ I

could ever have beside my squash career

and I am really thankful for everything she

did for me.”

El Sherbini will be looking for a hat-trick

of world championship titles when she

defends her title at the PSA Men’s and

Women’s World Championships to be

staged in Manchester from the 9th and

17th December.

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GREGORY GAULTIER

WINS GRASSHOPPER CUP

GREGORYGAULTIER

WINSGRASSHOPPERCUP

Gregory Gautier won the 39th

PSA World Tour of his career, and

his fifth consecutive tournament

win of 2017, with victory over

Ali Farag in the final of the

Grasshopper Cup in Zurich to

record his 23rd consecutive victory

on the international circuit.

Gaultier’s latest tournament success

ensured that the 34-year-old, who in

April became squash’s oldest ever World

No.1, hadn’t lost a competitive match

since January during which time he

has claimed the Swedish Open, Windy

City Open, British Open and El Gouna

International titles in succession. The

Frenchman’s fifth tournament win

was delivered after narrowly edging

past Farag in straight games, although

the score line didn’t truly reflect the

competitiveness of the 53-minute match.

Farag, who defeated former World No.1

Mohamed El Shorgagy and Nick Matthew

in the quarter-finals and semi-finals

respectively, posed arguably the stiffest

challenge Gaultier has faced during his

recent run - reading the Frenchman’s

game well to mount counter-attacks that

troubled his experienced rival in all four

corners of the court.

After losing the first two games narrowly,

Farag found himself with two game ball

opportunities in the third which arguably

could have changed the dynamic of the

match. However, the young Egyptian was

left to rue what could have been as the

‘French General’ managed to stem the

tide and close-out an impressive 11-8 11-9

14-12 victory.

“I’m really happy to win the title and I felt

like I played well today, but 3-0 doesn’t

reflect the battle because we played

almost an hour,” said Gaultier.

“I knew he was playing well this week as

well and that it would be tough. I had to

tactically play simple and not open he

court up for him and I was ready for it.

“I had to put in a big push in the third

to come back from behind because my

energy was dropping and he was getting

better and better. I was very happy to

finish it in three.

“I’ve had an amazing run since January,

but there’s no secret to the success.

I’ve been working hard my whole life

and have a team supporting me and

working with me every day - and that

work has been paying off. I had a bad run

in 2016 with injuries and that has really

motivated me this season as well.

Farag, undoubtedly a star of the future,

was gracious in defeat: “Gregory was

better than me in the first but at the

end of that game I felt like I was getting

into it and finding a way to play him. I

was playing well but he came back very

strong in the third. It was a flip of a coin

at the end, had I won I that game I think

it would have gone to five, but there are

no regrets. I’ve had a great week here

and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.”

2017 Grasshopper Cup

Final:

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt

[5] Ali Farag (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 14-12

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GREGORY GAULTIER WINS

EL GOUNA INTERNATIONAL

GREGORYGAULTIER

WINSELGOUNAINTERNATIONAL

Gregory Gaultier lifted his fourth

successive PSA World Tour

title with an emphatic 11-6 11-8 11-7

defeat of World Champion Karim

Abdel Gawad in the final of the 2017

El Gouna International - the final

PSA World Series tournament held

in the New Marina on the banks

of Egypt’s Red Sea alongside the

Women’s Championships.

The charismatic Frenchman played at

an unrelenting pace throughout the

51-minute encounter and gave Gawad no

chance to impose his shot-making talents

as he powered to a 51-minute victory

to lift his 38th career PSA World Tour

title and become the first non-Egyptian

winner of the World Series tournament.

Gaultier’s El Gouna triumph represented

his fourth successive PSA World Tour

title after wins at the Swedish Open,

Windy City Open and British Open coming

from an unbeaten run of 19 matches - the

longest of his glittering 17-year career.

“I knew it was going to be an

unbelievable match, we’re both fighting

to get that World No.1 spot,” said Gaultier

who despite the win acknowledged that

he would lose his World No.1 ranking to

the reigning World Champion.

“Being World No.1 is not just about one

tournament, it’s a 12-month thing and

he’s always been a talented player. This

is only one match, I’m grateful to win,

to be that sharp at the moment and

beat Karim.

“I’m just doing the right things, I’m

quite relaxed on court and I’ve just

been focused on what I have to do.

After Christmas, I had a good break and

had some good preparation and I told

myself to start from scratch again at the

Tournament of Champions. That’s what

I did and now things are working great

for me and I’m going to keep playing as

much as I can.”

Gawad, who claimed the has happened

World No.1 ranking by virtue of reaching

the final of the PSA World Series

tournament and so achieving a higher

12 months’ points average over his rival,

admitted that he found it difficult to

focus mentally during the final.

“I think my defeat was based on two

factors, one, Greg was playing incredibly

well, like he’s been since the beginning of

the season, and the second factor is the

mental point of view” said the 25-yearold

Egyptian.

“The fact I heard that I was going to be

World No.1 last night was great news.

I tried to keep focus, but so many people

were sending me their congratulations.

“I’m still learning. This is the first time

this has happened to me, and I think that

I am gaining the experience that will allow

me to not feel so much pressure next

time around. I was hoping to play my best

squash here, but hopefully next time.”

2017 El Gouna International

Squash Open

Final:

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt

[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

11-6, 11-8, 11-7

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Q&A: SARAH-JANE PERRY

No.7 and British No. 2

Sarah-Jane Perry talks

with International Squash

Q&AWorld

Magazine.

SARAH-JANEPERRY

Earliest sporting memory:

Going to mini tennis lessons with my

brother when I was about 4 years old and

junior squash lessons from around 5. The

first live sport I remember going to see

was a Liverpool football match and my

first professional squash experience was

the British Squash Players Association

(BSPA) finals in 2002.

Sports watched:

I love watching tennis, hockey and

football but I will watch almost any sport.

Sports played:

I enjoy playing tennis and hockey but

used to throw discus and shot at national

junior level and play rounders also.

Why a life in sport?

When I finished university I got

a graduate job in technology

implementation but decided to play

squash full time instead; a decision I

have yet to regret for a second! There is

nothing quite like playing the sport you

love as your job.

Toughest part of your sporting life:

I am not naturally an organised person

so keeping on top of all the admin

involved in travel and training etc. can be

a struggle. Sleeping can also be difficult

when changing time zones as well.

Most memorable sporting moment:

Winning the British National title in

2015...or maybe handing my brother

a bagel (11-0) in a game of racketball

recently!

Worst sporting moment:

Finding out I had two stress fractures

in my back; the fear of the unknown in

terms or severity, length of recovery

period and likelihood of recurrence.

Sporting heroes:

Serena Williams. She has been at the

forefront of women’s tennis for such a

long time, always rising above criticism

and using tennis as her voice. She’s a

continual inspirational on and off the

court, particularly in empowering women

about body image and body shaming.

Favourite venue and why:

It felt particularly special playing in front

of the Pyramids of Giza, thinking how

much history lay so close by and the

lengths that were gone to build such

amazing ancient wonders.

Sporting event you would pay the most

to see:

I would pay a lot to have been at the

champions league final in 2005 when

Liverpool completed a heroic comeback

after trailing 3-0 at half time.

And to miss:

Any motorsport

Question asked most often by the

public:

Why isn’t squash in the Olympics?

And the answer:

It’s not in the Olympics and no one in the

sport is quite sure why.... but we have a

great sport that is forever growing and

improving.

Greatest change you would like to see

in the running of your sport:

Keep pushing the prize money up and

growing all levels of the PSA World Tour

so that more players can make a living.

How well is your sport covered in the

media?

Media coverage is improving but it

would be great to see more coverage

in mainstream media channel. There

are so many truly amazing athletes on

the PSA World Tour that deserve more

recognition.

Sporting motto:

“Adversity causes some men to break;

others to break records” (William A.

Ward)

Who would you most like to invite to

dinner and why?

JK Rowling because not only did she

create the legendary world of Harry

Potter, her story is full of inspiration and

overcoming adversities. I think she would

have a lot of amazing stories to share

and her sense of humour would be a

good addition too!

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Q&A: SARAH-JANE PERRY

Country: England

Date of Birth: 15th May 1990

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England

Place of Residence: Coventry, England

Marital Status: Single

Highest PSA World Ranking: 7

PSA World Tour Titles: 8

PSA World Tour Finals: 14

Sarah-Jane Perry is a Dunlop brand ambassador and sponsored player.

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AJ BELL PSA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

MANCHESTER 2017

Manchester will become only the second city ever after Rotterdam

six years ago to host the PSA Men’s and Women’s World Championships

concurrently - with the iconic event boasting equal prize money for the

first time in history between the 9th and 17th December.

The PSA World Championships are

the pinnacle events on the men’s and

women’s respective World Tours and

will see almost 200 players descend on

Manchester as they battle to get their

hands on the iconic title and a record

prize fund.

Qualification and early rounds of the

prestigious event will be held at the

renowned National Squash Centre, while

the quarter-final stage onwards will see

the championships move to Manchester

Central in the heart of the city.

Since its first instalment in 1976,

the PSA World Championships have

featured the world’s greatest players

year after year and staged some of the

most breath-taking matches ever to take

place on a squash court.

First won by the legendary Geoff Hunt

in London, the men’s championship has

seen some of the most famous names

ever associated with the sport etched

into the coveted trophy, with the likes

of Jahangir and Jansher Khan, Amr

Shabana, Jonathon Power and David

Palmer all writing their names into the

record books.

The women’s championship has also

featured a vast array of world-class

talent, with Heather McKay, Susan

Devoy, Sarah-Fitz Gerald and the iconic

eight-time winner Nicol David all making

their presence felt on the showpiece

tournament.

The 2017 instalment of the PSA World

Championships sponsored by AJ Bell,

one of the largest providers of low

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to be the most competitive and dramatic

of all time, with the talented Egyptian

World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad looking

to follow up last year’s title win over

compatriot Ramy Ashour in Cairo to

become only the second man since

Jansher Khan over 20 years ago to

successfully retain the title.

But with 34-year-old Gregory Gaultier

in the form of his life and the likes of

three-time winner Nick Matthew and

former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy

all vying for supremacy during what

promises to be a spellbinding week of

action, the destination of the men’s title

is far from assured.

The women’s title also currently

resides in Egyptian hands after Nour

El Sherbini became a double World

Champion at the age of just 21 after

her triumph over Raneem El Welily in El

Gouna earlier this year.

El Sherbini became the youngest female

World Champion of all time in April

2016 after she produced a stunning

come back from two games down to

vanquish England’s Laura Massaro in

Kuala Lumpur. The Alexandrian will aim

to become the fifth woman to lift the

coveted title, following in the footsteps

of the quartet of David, McKay, Fitz-

Gerald and Devoy.

However, the world’s best female

players will be out in force to halt El

Sherbini, with El Welily, France’s Camille

Serme, World Junior Champion Nouran

Gohar and Massaro all hoping to earn

their place in history in Manchester.

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IF HISTORY IS AN INDICATION,

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KARIM

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GREGORYGAULTIER&LAURAMASSARO

CROWNEDALLAMBRITISHOPENCHAMPIONS

Gregory Gaultier and Laura Massaro triumphed on finals day at the

2017 Allam British Open, claiming respective wins over Nick Matthew

and Sarah-Jane Perry at the PSA World Series tournament held in Hull’s

Airco Arena.

34-year-old Gaultier, whose win ensured

that he would become the oldest player

ever to top the PSA World Rankings,

recovered from a game down to beat

Matthew and capture his third British

Open crown having previously won the

sport’s oldest and most established title

in 2007 and 2014.

“It was a massive day for me,” said

Gaultier after his 67-minute 8-11 11-7 11-3

11-3 victory.

“I had a great week and a great feeling

on court, I was moving well and to be

number one as well again at my age is an

amazing feeling - it’s pure pleasure.”

In the women’s event, Massaro became

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game challenge from her 27-year-old

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Massaro, the 2013 champion, and Perry

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33-year-old Massaro who imposed her

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“It’s just unbelievable,” said Massaro.

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“I’m proud of myself for the week and for

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I managed to tough it out in the end and

keep getting balls back and it paid off. It’s

a little bit different because the first one

was so special.”

Allam British Open 2017

Hull, England

Men’s Final:

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt

[4] Nick Matthew (ENG)

8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3

Women’s Final:

[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt

[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6

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MEN’S PSA WORLD RANKINGS

France

1 11

Born: 1982

Lives: Aix-en-Provence, France

GREGORY

GAULTIER

KARIM

ABDEL

GAWAD

England

6 16

Born: 1983

Lives: Leeds, England

JAMES

WILLSTROP

MARWAN

ELSHORBAGY

World Tour Titles: 38

Highest World Ranking: 1

Egypt

2 12

Born: 1991

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

MOHAMED

ELSHORBAGY

World Tour Titles: 18

Highest World Ranking: 1

Egypt

3 13

Born: 1991

Lives: Alexandria, Egypt

World Tour Titles: 19

Highest World Ranking: 1

Egypt

7 17

Born: 1993

Lives: Alexandria, Egypt

RAMY

ASHOUR

World Tour Titles: 24

Highest World Ranking: 1

England

4 14

Born: 1980

Lives: Sheffield, England

NICK

MATTHEW

World Tour Titles: 5

Highest World Ranking: 6

Egypt

8 18

Born: 1987

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

TAREK

MOMEN

World Tour Titles: 35

Highest World Ranking: 1

Egypt

5 15

Born: 1992

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

ALI

FARAG

World Tour Titles: 38

Highest World Ranking: 1

Egypt

9 19

Born: 1988

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

FARES

DESSOUKY

World Tour Titles: 9

Highest World Ranking: 5

World Tour Titles: 4

Highest World Ranking: 6

Egypt

10 20

Born: 1994

Lives: Alexandria, Egypt

World Tour Titles: 2

Highest World Ranking: 9

SIMON

RÖSNER

PAUL

COLL

DARYL

SELBY

RYAN

CUSKELLY

MOHAMED

ABOUELGHAR

BORJA

GOLAN

MAX

LEE

CAMERON

PILLEY

DIEGO

ELIAS

STEPHEN

COPPINGER

Germany

Born: 1987

Lives: Paderborn, Germany

World Tour Titles: 8

Highest World Ranking: 6

New Zealand

Born: 1992

Lives: Hoofddorp, Netherlands

World Tour Titles: 12

Highest World Ranking: 12

England

Born: 1982

Lives: Shenfield, England

World Tour titles: 12

Highest World Ranking: 9

Australia

Born: 1987

Lives: New York, USA

World Tour Titles: 15

Highest World Ranking: 12

Egypt

Born: 1993

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

World Tour Titles: 6

Highest World Ranking: 15

Spain

Born: 1983

Lives: Santiago, Spain

World Tour Titles: 31

Highest World Ranking: 5

Hong Kong

Born: 1988

Lives: Hong Kong

World Tour Titles: 11

Highest World Ranking: 12

Australia

Born: 1982

Lives: Den Haag, Netherlands

World Tour titles: 13

Highest World Ranking: 11

Peru

Born: 1996

Lives: Lima, Peru

World Tour Titles: 4

Highest World Ranking: 19

South Africa

Born: 1984

Lives: Cape Town, SA

World Tour Titles: 10

Highest World Ranking: 14

For more information, visit: www.psaworldtour.com

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WOMEN’S PSA WORLD RANKINGS

1

NOUR EL

SHERBINI

Egypt

Born: 1996

Lives: Alexandria, Egypt

World Tour Titles: 10

Highest World Ranking: 1

11

NOUR EL

TAYEB

Egypt

Born: 1997

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

World Tour Titles: 3

Highest World Ranking: 5

2

RANEEM

EL WELILY

Egypt

Born: 1989

Lives: Alexandria, Egypt

World Tour Titles: 15

Highest World Ranking: 1

12

JOELLE

KING

New Zealand

Born: 1988

Lives: Cambridge,

New Zealand

World Tour Titles: 10

Highest World Ranking: 4

3

CAMILLE

SERME

France

Born: 1989

Lives: Creteil, Paris

World Tour Titles: 13

Highest World Ranking: 2

13

EMILY

WHITLOCK

England

Born: 1994

Lives: Colwyn Bay, Wales

World Tour Titles: 15

Highest World Ranking: 13

4

LAURA

MASSARO

England

Born: 1983

Lives: Preston, England

World Tour Titles: 21

Highest World Ranking: 1

14

JOSHNA

CHINAPPA

India

Born: 1986

Lives: Chennai, India

World Tour titles: 11

Highest World Ranking: 10

5

NOURAN

GOHAR

Egypt

Born: 1997

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

World Tour Titles: 4

Highest World Ranking: 2

15

VICTORIA

LUST

England

Born: 1989

Lives: Victoria, Canada

World Tour Titles: 9

Highest World Ranking: 14

6

NICOL

DAVID

Malaysia

Born: 1983

Lives: Penang, Malaysia

World Tour Titles: 81

Highest World Ranking: 1

16

TESNI

EVANS

Wales

Born: 1992

Lives: Rhyl, Wales

World Tour titles: 1

Highest World Ranking: 16

7

SARAH-

JANE

PERRY

England

Born: 1991

Lives: Kenilworth, England

World Tour Titles: 8

Highest World Ranking: 7

17

OLIVIA

BLATCHFORD

USA

Born: 1993

Lives: Wilton, USA

World Tour Titles: 5

Highest World Ranking: 17

8

AMANDA

SOBHY

USA

Born: 1993

Lives: New York

World Tour Titles: 14

Highest World Ranking: 6

18

DONNA

URQUHART

Australia

Born: 1987

Lives: Brisbane, Australia

World Tour Titles: 9

Highest World Ranking: 13

9

ALISON

WATERS

England

Born: 1984

Lives: London, England

World Tour Titles: 10

Highest World Ranking: 3

19

JOEY

CHAN

Hong Kong

Born: 1988

Lives: Hong Kong

World Tour Titles: 6

Highest World Ranking: 16

10

ANNIE

AU

Hong Kong

Born: 1989

Lives: Hong Kong

World Tour Titles: 13

Highest World Ranking: 5

20

SALMA HANY

IBRAHIM

England

Born: 1996

Lives: Alexandria, Egypt

World Tour titles: 3

Highest World Ranking: 19

For more information, visit: www.psaworldtour.com

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