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Quarters

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World Championships 2019/20
Men's Draw
Nov 08-15
Doha, Qatar
, $335k

SECOND ROUND
9
NOV
THIRD ROUND
 
10-11 NOV
QUARTERS
12-13 NOV
SEMIS
14 NOV
FINAL
15 NOV
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-9, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Tarek Momen
11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 (76m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
Tarek Momen
v
Diego Elias


 


 
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
12-10, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[13] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (24m)
Edmon Lopez (ESP)
Fares Dessouky
10-12, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (56m)
Diego Elias
[6] Diego Elias (PER)
6-11, 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4 (59m)
Greg Lobban (SCO)
[5] Simon Rösner (GER)
11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (70m)
Declan James (ENG)
Simon Rösner
11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (47m)
 Joel Makin
Simon Rösner
v
James Willstrop
[11] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12 (74m)
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
James Willstrop (ENG)
11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (24m)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
James Willstrop
11-8, 4-11, 11-9,
12-10 (71m)
Karim Abdel Gawad
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (44m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX)

[4] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)
Borja Golan (ESP)

Paul Coll
v
Omar Mosaad


 


 
[12] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-5, 11-2, 11-6 (25m)
[WC] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT)
[14] Zahed Salem (EGY)
11-7, 6-11, 11-2, 11-7 (58m)
Mostafa Asal (EGY)
Zahed Salem
v
Miguel Rodriguez
[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (29m)
Alan Clyne (SCO)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 12-10 (68m)
Leo Au (HKG)

Mohamed Abouelghar

v
Marwan Elshorbagy


 
[9] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (40m)
Nicolas Müller (SUI)
[10] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (36m)
Lucas Serme (FRA)
Saurav Ghosal
v
Mohamed Elshorbagy
Adrian Waller (ENG)
13-11, 11-9, 11-9 (48m)
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)

rOUND ONE 8 Nov

[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 12-10, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4 (52m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 3-0: 17-15, 11-8, 11-8 (42m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Shawn DeLierre (CAN) 3-0): 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (29m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [15] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 (50m)
[13] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)
Edmon Lopez (ESP) bt Kristian Frost (DEN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (42m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 (56m)
[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 14-12 (45m)
[5] Simon Rösner (GER) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-1: 12-10, 4-11, 11-2, 11-2 (54m)
Declan James (ENG) bt Vikram Malhotra (IND) 3-2: 8-11, 1-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (51m)
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 3-0 rtd (12m)
[11] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 15-13 (49m)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bt [16] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9 (107m)
James Willstrop (ENG) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (44m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-0: 14-12, 11-6, 11-6 (38m)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [L] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 13-11 (28m)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [WC] Hamad Al-Amri (QAT) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (21m)
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (31m)
[WC] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) bt Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) 3-1: 8-11, 12-10, 4-11, 2-0 rtd (60m)
[12] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-8 (54m)
[14] Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-1: 11-7, 3-11, 11-3, 11-6 (33m)
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-5 (42m)
Alan Clyne (SCO) bt [L] Rysoei Kobayashi (JPN) 3-1: 12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (52m)
[8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 (73m)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (25m)
Leo Au (HKG) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 16-14, 11-7, 11-3 (36m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt [L] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (33m)
[9] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (22m)
[10] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 18-16 (56m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt [L] Benjamin Aubert (FRA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (64m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-0: 15-133, 11-7, 11-1 (44m)
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Victor Crouin (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (33m)

 

REPORTS

Round 3 Top Half

England’s Willstrop Stuns Gawad in Doha to Reach Quarters

36-year-old former World No.1 James Willstrop rolled back the years as he put in a spellbinding performance against the in-form World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad to book his place in the quarter-finals of the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship currently taking place in Doha, Qatar.

Willstrop, a World Championship runner-up in 2010, has taken a short break from the sport in recent weeks to star in a production of ‘Hangmen’ in his native Yorkshire - and his fixture with 2016 World Champion Gawad yielded the kind of drama that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a theatre.

He played with precision and freedom in a supremely accurate display that saw him win two of the first three games on offer against an opponent who captured a PSA Platinum title in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza just two weeks ago with victory over World No.1 Ali Farag in the CIB Egyptian Squash Open title decider.

The crowd were on tenterhooks in the fourth as Willstrop and Gawad went toe-to-toe in a gripping contest, with the former squandering two match balls as Gawad came back to force a tie-break. But the Englishman wasn’t to be denied as his next match ball was met with a tinned drop from Gawad, sending Willstrop through to an 11th World Championship quarter-final.

“I am absolutely thrilled," World No.18 Willstrop said afterwards.

"It is hard to say because I am on a rush of adrenaline, particularly in these conditions where it is shootout squash. The intensity is cranked up and you haven’t got any time to settle. The mental intensity of the squash that has been played is heavy, so the adrenaline is high, I didn’t know whether I was capable of doing it.

"I know what I am doing in training, and I know I can play alright and I know I can hit the ball alright, but it is whether physically I can cope with these players in a match situation. To be here [the quarter finals], and with a rest day, that is quite positive. It is a fabulous prospect, and hopefully I can get recovered well and do it justice on Wednesday.”

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist will play World No.6 Simon Rösner for a place in the semi-finals of the biggest tournament on the men’s tour. The German put in arguably his best performance of the season to take out World No.12 Joel Makin by an 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 margin.

The pair have had contrasting fortunes in the opening months of the season, with Rösner dropping out of the top five after two quarter-final appearances in four tournaments, while Makin was coming off the back of a first ever PSA Platinum semi-final at the CIB Egyptian Squash Open last week. But the formbook went out of the window in Qatar as Rösner played some sublime squash to book his spot in the last eight.

“Having not had the best few weeks lately, it's very good to get a win against someone who is in form like Joel at the moment, beating Tarek last week [at the CIB Egyptian Squash Open]," Rösner

"It’s a big confidence boost for me and I need to take this kind of form into the next rounds and I'm looking forward to it.”

The home crowd came within a whisker of witnessing a home winner in the final match of the evening as Qatari No.1 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi relinquished a 2-1 lead against No.2 seed Tarek Momen to narrowly miss out on a quarter-final spot.

Al Tamimi has been one of the surprise packages of the tournament so far, beating French duo Gregoire Marche and Mathieu Castagnet on home soil to set up the meeting with 2018-19 World Championship runner-up Momen.

Roared on by the home support, Al Tamimi played some breathtaking squash at times to overturn a one-game deficit, before going 6-3 up in the fourth to put himself within touching distance of a massive upset. But he was unable to capitalise as Momen refocused to draw level, before the Egyptian held his opponent off in the decider to book his spot in the last eight.

“I am quite happy, because it was a very tough match," Momen said.

"Halfway through the fourth game, I knew things were critical because I was 6-3 down. I had no solutions at the time so I had to just really grind it out. I am really happy with the way I fought to come back and win, and I have to recover now, stop thinking about what happened and move forward and prepare for my match against Diego [Elias]."

Peru have a player in the quarter-finals of this tournament for the first time as World No.7 Elias came back from a game down to beat Egypt’s Fares Dessouky to set up a quarter-final clash with Momen.

Elias and Dessouky have had some fractious matches in the past – not least a highly-charged affair during the quarter-finals of the 2017 El Gouna International – but there were less fireworks this time around as both players kept their composure in a clean contest. Elias fell a game behind but the 22-year-old outplayed Dessouky and displayed superior racket skills in the final three games to book his place in the next round.

“I started a bit nervously, it's my first time in the last 16 of a World Championship,” Elias said.

“But then I started to play better, more consistent squash, and I think I did really well at the end to close it out.

“Every time it's better, we are pretty close in the rankings, we've been playing all of our lives now. It's always a tough match, so it's hard to be pretty good friends off court, but we're trying to be as good as we can.

“One of my goals was to make it to my first quarter-finals of the World Championship. I'm feeling great and I feel like I'm playing good squash, so I think I can go all the way.”

The third round continues on Tuesday November 12 from 15:00 (GMT+3) onwards and action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.

For more information on the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship, visit the official PSA World Tour website or follow the tournament on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Round 2 Lower Half

ElShorbagy Brothers Claim
Last 16 Spots

Bristol-based Egyptian brothers Mohamed (right) and Marwan ElShorbagy remain on course for a quarter-final clash at the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship after both players claimed their round three spots earlier today at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

World No.2 Mohamed and World No.10 Marwan became the first brothers in history to contest the men’s World Championship final when they met in the title decider of the Manchester event in December 2017, and both players moved one step closer to a rematch after respective wins over England’s Adrian Waller and Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller.

ElShorbagy was caused plenty of problems by World No.17 Waller, who played at a fast tempo and dominated large parts of the fixture. However, unforced errors ultimately proved to be his downfall as he failed to capitalise on leads in all three games as ElShorbagy won 13-11, 11-9, 11-9.

“I have never seen Adrian play with such a fast pace before," said 28-year-old ElShorbagy, who plays India’s Saurav Ghosal in the next round.

"After the first game, he played with such a high pace and he has never done that against me before. I told myself after the first game that he would not be able to do it all match. You can tell yourself there is no pressure, but the only solution is to try and deal with it. After all these years on tour, I cannot fail because of pressure because it is not acceptable.

“It is only the second round and there is still along way to go for this event. The World Champion is not always the best player in the world. There is usually a surprise in this tournament. I will give it my best shot and see how it goes this week.”

26-year-old Marwan faced a stern test against World No.27 Mueller and initially went a game down after the lower ranked player built on an 8-0 lead to take control. But ElShorbagy had won their four previous matches and he drew on that experience to impose himself on the match from the second game onwards to complete an 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 victory.

“Nicky started the first game really well and he came out firing. It was a big test coming back from that first game because I had to find a way to get myself into the match,” Marwan said.

“I had to do something, because he could have just played like that for a good three games and I would have lost the match. I am glad that I fired myself up and I found a rhythm. I found my game and I think I started to control the match from about halfway through the second game, and I played really well after that."

His opponent for a place in the last eight will be No.7 seed Mohamed Abouelghar, who snuck past Hong Kong’s World No.30 Leo Au by the slimmest of margins, with two controversial stroke decisions right at the death seeing him edge an exciting 68-minute battle by an 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 12-10 margin.

The match was an intriguing tactical affair, with Abouelghar dominating the first two games against a disinterested looking Au who struggled to get to grips wth the Egyptian’s shot-making talents. But Au looked like a different man as he returned to court after the game break, taking advantage of the cold conditions on court as he lobbed the ball to the back of the court time and time again, and he duly drew level.

The fifth went to a tie-break, when Au received a stroke against him after the referee adjudged him to have taken Abouelghar’s line after a drop, and the decision was upheld after an Au video review. That lost review proved crucial as Abouelghar was awarded with another stroke at match ball in a similar situation, meaning Au was unable to query the decision as Abouelghar advanced into the next round.

“I couldn't be happier, I know we get tough calls, both me and the opponent, it's part of the game,” Abouelghar said afterwards.

“I’m not really sure about the decision, but I thought I had a good pickup earlier that was called not good, so it is just part of the game. I had an injury two months ago and I had to stop playing for a month. I'm happy I'm back, my goal is just to enjoy myself, take one match at a time and hope things go well.”

Also through to the next round is New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll, who cruised past former World No.5 Borja Golan in straight games after an immaculate performance saw him win 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.

“It has been a good tournament so far but I have got eyes on much further down the line," Coll said.

"I am just taking it match-by-match and not getting caught up in it. I am really happy today but I am also looking ahead to my next match.”

He will play 2015 runner-up Omar Mosaad, who defeated Syed Azlan Amjad in a comfortable 3-0 victory as the Qatari player made his return from injury after being struck with the ball in his opening round match with Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu.

Colombia’s No.8 Miguel Rodriguez and Egypt’s Zahed Salem were the other winners on day three as they beat Scotland’s Alan Clyne and World Junior Champion Mostafa Asal, respectively.

Round three gets under way tomorrow on Monday November 11 with four matches in store starting from 15:00 (GMT+3). Action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the
official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.

For more information on the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship, visit the official PSA World Tour website or follow the tournament on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Round 2 Top Half

Qatar’s Al Tamimi Causes Another Upset to Reach Round Three

Qatar’s World No.47 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi made it back-to-back upsets over French opposition as he followed up his opening day defeat of World No.14 Gregoire Marche with a surprise 3-0 win over World No.28 Mathieu Castagnet on home soil to reach the last 16 of the PSA Men’s World Championship for the first time.

Al Tamimi’s impressive win over Marche in round one saw him reach the second round of the most prestigious men’s squash tournament in the world, and he has now gone one better after dispatching Castagnet by a 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 scoreline at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.

“It feels really good, especially here at home," Al Tamimi said afterwards.

"It was really hard today to back it up after yesterday. I played really well yesterday to beat French No.1 Gregoire Marche, and to back it up, to beat Castagnet who is a former World No.6, I was really happy to win in three.

“I was not expecting that performance today… after every rally the fans were cheering and jumping from their chairs. I was trying to focus on court and I was not looking outside. Afterwards, I saw all my friends and family who I didn’t even realise were there. People from the Aspire Academy and from the [Qatar Squash] federation, they have all been here from the first day and I am looking forward to seeing them here as well on Monday.”

A quarter-final spot will be up for grabs when the 24-year-old takes on No.2 seed Tarek Momen in the next round after the World No.3 overcame fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham in straight games.

Momen, the 2018-19 World Championship runner-up, found himself three game balls down in the second game of his match with Hesham after some impressive shot-making from the World No.19 saw him rattle off a number of points and unsettle his opponent.

But Momen kept his concentration to take five successive points, and he made no mistake in the third as he closed out an 11-9, 12-10, 11-5 victory in 35 minutes to seal his last 16 berth.

“It was very close, with the first two games going down to the wire and you never know what could have happened if the score was reversed," Momen said.

"I am very happy with the way I carried out my plan today. It is the best you can do against Mazen because sometimes he comes up with some unbelievable stuff that no matter what you plan for, you might as well cancel it immediately. I just hung in there, and it was crucial to get that 2-0 lead, because otherwise, things could have gone a different way.”

The only match of the day to go all the way to five games featured Peru’s Diego Elias and Scotland’s Greg Lobban, with the former squeezing through courtesy of a 6-11, 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4 victory to become the first Peruvian to reach the last 16.

Lobban put in a huge physical effort as he attacked well, while Elias looked off the pace at times. But he settled any nerves in the decider to earn a third round spot against Egypt’s Fares Dessouky, who beat Spain’s Edmon Lopez.

“It was a really tough match," Elias said.

"Every time we play, we go to five games so I had that in my mind. I started playing better as the match was going but in the first game, it was hard for me I then started to move faster and play better and I am happy I got the win."

The longest match of the day saw Welshman Joel Makin hold off Egyptian challenger Mohamed ElSherbini to book his spot in the last 16 after 74 minutes of action, where he will play Germany’s World No.6 Simon Rösner.

World No.12 Makin has had a strong start to the season after reaching the final of the Open de France, while he reached a first PSA Platinum semi-final at the Egyptian Open last week, but he was never comfortable on court against his opponent today as ElSherbini played some fabulous squash. Makin pulled through in the end though as the 25-year-old completed an 11-3, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12 triumph.

“I want to beat the higher ranked players and get as far into the draw as I can," Makin said afterwards.

"I feel good physically and we’ve got plenty of rest days, so I don’t see any reason why I can’t get through plenty of matches. I can beat plenty of the guys on my half of the draw, so I’m feeling good even though that wasn’t the best performance today.”

Rösner’s match with England’s Declan James totalled 70 minutes, with the tall German winning 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9.

Round two action continues tomorrow, with play beginning at 12:00 (GMT+3). Matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.

For more information on the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship, visit the official PSA World Tour website or follow the tournament on Twitter and Facebook.
 

Round 1

Qatar’s Al Tamimi and Amjad Make History on Opening Day

There will be two Qatari players in the second round of the PSA Men’s World Championship for the first time in history after local players Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Syed Azlan Amjad both claimed wins on the opening day of the 2019-20 edition at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

World No.47 Al Tamimi became the first player from the country to reach the last 32 of the biggest men’s tournament in squash as he upset French World No.14 Gregoire Marche to send the home support wild.

Al Tamimi has threatened a big upset numerous times in the past – not least when he took three-time World Champion Nick Matthew to five games back at the 2016 edition of the Qatas Classic – and he finally got his first major win on home soil as he defeated Marche 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9 to reach the last 32.

“It felt really good, I saw the happiness in my dad's eyes and all of my family and friends are here, so I'm glad I made everyone proud," Al Tamimi said afterwards.

"I don't want to stop here, I'm really looking forward to the next round. I lost a bit of concentration and my length in the third game. I was thinking that I had to have a good length at the start of the fourth game because the winners would come after. Even though he was coming back at me, I tried to always keep the lead over him.

“My goal now is to really focus on the next round and make sure I play well again, if I do then I have a chance to win.”

Al Tamimi will play another Frenchman, Mathieu Castagnet, in the next round where he will be joined by compatriot Amjad after the World No.159 advanced from his round one fixture with Spain’s Iker Pajares Bernabeu in bizarre circumstances.

Pajares was 2-1 up in games and 2-0 behind in the fourth game when he went to hit the ball back to himself off the front wall but inadvertently struck Amjad, who then had to go off court due to sustaining an injury.

Amjad was unable to return to court to finish the match and was taken to hospital but, as it was an opponent-inflicted injury, the match was awarded to the Qatar player, and he will take on 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad in the next round.

Meanwhile, 2017 World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy got his tournament under way with a 3-0 victory over 20-year-old Frenchman Victor Crouin as he returned to action after sitting out the CIB Egyptian Squash Open last week.

The 28-year-old has reached three finals so far this season at the China Open, Oracle NetSuite Open and U.S. Open – winning the first two – and he kickstarted his attempts to win a second World Championship title with a 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory over Crouin.

Crouin impressed at the Egyptian Open as he reached the third round to earn himself a spot on the glass court in front of the famous Great Pyramid of Giza. He performed well and was able to move ElShorbagy around the court, but the Egyptian’s superior experience saw him come through at the latter stages of each game.

“I had Shanghai, San Fran and the U.S. Open, so there were three tournaments in a row,” said ElShorbagy, who reached World Championship finals in Qatar in 2012 and 2014.


“I felt towards the end of the U.S. Open I was feeling a bit flat mentally and physically, and it was nice to get a break, refresh again, think about my game more and see what I needed to improve after those three events. I'm coming here feeling strong again, I've done some good work and let's see what happens."

The 28-year-old top seed will take on England No.1 Adrian Waller in the last 32, while No.2 seed Tarek Momen navigated a banana-skin fixture against Germany’s Raphael Kandra.

Kandra has proven himself capable of claiming big scalps in the past – as evidenced by his shock run to the semi-finals of the Allam British Open last year – and he caused plenty of problems for Momen, with the pair sharing the spoils in the first two games. But 2018-19 World Championship runner-up Momen steadied the ship and prevailed in games three and four to book his second round spot against fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham.

“I’ve always wanted to win this title, I keep coming back to fight for it," Momen said.

"I have another chance this time, and I’m pretty determined to go all the way until I fulfil that dream. I’m playing Mazen next, that’s another tricky one and we haven’t played each other in a while. I know how tricky he can be, he has a pretty awesome arsenal of shots, and I definitely look forward to having a good match against him tomorrow.”

2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad got his title assault under way with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Frenchman Auguste Dussourd, winning 11-4, 11-8, 13-11.

Gawad comes into the event off the back of a stunning title win in front of the Pyramids at the Egyptian Open, and he is returning to the scene of his first PSA Platinum title this week in Doha, which he won just two weeks after his World Championship triumph over Ramy Ashour.

“Winning a major tournament gives you extra confidence, especially when you're playing well, and I played really well back home in Cairo," said Gawad, who will play Mexico’s Cesar Salazar.

"Now a week after we are playing a World Championship here in Qatar and that gives me more confidence. I'm focusing on my performance, how I'm playing and how I can can enjoy my squash and play better on court. Hopefully I can do something special here.”

Elsewhere, England’s Daryl Selby suffered an upset against Egypt’s World No.43 Youssef Ibrahim, despite the latter rolling his ankle with the scores poised at 9-9 in the fifth. After a lengthy delay of almost half an hour, Ibrahim hobbled back on to court and won the next two points to claim a shock victory, and he will play former World No.1 James Willstrop next.

England’s Declan James was the only player to come back from two games down on the opening day of action as the World No.22 avoided an upset against World No.58 Vikram Malhotra, and he will line up against No.5 seed Simon Rösner in the last 32.

Round two of the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship begins on Saturday November 9, with play getting under way at 12:00 (GMT+3). Play will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.
 

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As one World Championship comes to an end, a new one begins. This time it's the PSA Men's World Championship 2019-2020 held in Doha, Qatar that will grace your screens. Action starts tomorrow on Eurosport Player!

And we will have a new men's World Champion!

Top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on stiff opposition as compatriots Tarek Momen and Kairm Abdel Gawad along with New Zealand's Paul Coll and Peru's Diego Elias fight for the title.

Here's the line up for November 8:

12:00 - [5] Simon Rösner (GER) v Ben Coleman (ENG)
13:00 - Ivan Yuen (MAS) v [6] Diego Elias (PER)
14:00 - [L] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) v [3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
15:00 - [4] Paul Coll (NZL) v [WC] Hamad Al-Amri (QAT)
16:00 - Victor Crouin (FRA) v [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
17:00 - Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [15] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
18:00 - [2] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Raphael Kandra (GER)
19:00 - Youssef Soliman (EGY) v [8] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
All times are local (UTC +3)
 

2019-20 PSA Men's World Championship
Tickets Now On Sale


Tickets are on sale now for the PSA Men’s World Championship 2019-2020, with the best squash players in the world set to appear at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha between November 8-15.

This will be the 41st edition of the Men’s World Championship, and the fifth time that the tournament will be held in Qatar, after the 1998, 2004, 2012 and 2014 events were also held in Doha.

The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex will be the host venue, with this event replacing the annual PSA Platinum Qatar Classic tournament.

The last three winners of the Men’s World Championship will all feature in Qatar, with reigning World Champion and World No.1, Ali Farag leading the way, alongside 2017 World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy - who was a runner-up in Doha in 2012 and 2014 - and 2016 champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

Farag will face Germany’s Raphael Kandra in one of the toughest first round matches on day one, while former World No.1 ElShorbagy will face compatriot Karim El Hammamy.

Gawad, another former World No.1, will be up against Frenchman Auguste Dussourd in the first round.

The likes of Tarek Momen, Paul Coll, Simon Rösner, Mohamed Abouelghar, Diego Elias, Miguel Rodriguez and Marwan ElShorbagy will all be aiming to win a first World Championship title next month in a multi-national draw.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Qatar Squash Federation website. Squash fans can also follow the tournament on Twitter and Facebook
 

Farag Tops 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship Draw in Qatar

Doha, Qatar will host the 2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship between November 8-15, 2019 with the world’s greatest players - led by World No.1 and defending champion Ali Farag - in attendance as they battle for the most prestigious title on the men’s tour.

The Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex will feature 64 of the world’s leading male players as they compete for a share of the $335,000 prize fund, with 24 nations represented across the draw. In addition to capturing the trophy and the lion’s share of the prize money, the winner will also qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

Three former World Champions feature in the entry list, including top seed, reigning champion and 2018 Qatar Classic champion Farag, 2017 champion Mohamed ElShorbagy and 2016 winner Karim Abdel Gawad.

They, along with 2018-19 runner-up Tarek Momen, take the first four seeded positions as Egypt continue to dominate on the world stage, but they will be joined by the likes of New Zealand’s Paul Coll, Germany’s Simon Rösner, Peru’s Diego Elias and Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez, all of whom will be aiming to become the first non-Egyptian winner since Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in 2015.

That year's runner-up Omar Mosaad, 2010 runner-up James Willstrop and the talented Mohamed Abouelghar, who reached the final of the 2018-19 CIB PSA World Tour Finals on his last PSA appearance, will also take to the court in Doha.

56 of the world’s top 58 players have entered the draw, with the final eight spots comprising four winners of World Championship qualifying events, two World Squash Federation invitees and two wildcards picked by the Qatar Squash Federation.

Three Qatari men will appear in front of their home crowd, including the country’s No.1 player, Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, and wildcards Syed Azlan Amjad and Hamad Al-Amri.

All matches will be held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, with play split between the glass court and the ‘traditional’ plaster side courts. Fixtures from the glass court will be streamed live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.

For more information on the PSA Men’s World Championship, follow the tournament on Twitter and Facebook or visit the PSA World Tour website.

2019-20 PSA Men’s World Championship - Entry List
1) Ali Farag (EGY)
2) Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
3) Tarek Momen (EGY)
4) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
5) Paul Coll (NZL)
6) Simon Rösner (GER)
7) Diego Elias (PER)
8) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
9) Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
10) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
11) Saurav Ghosal (IND)
12) Joel Makin (WAL)
13) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
14) Fares Dessouky (EGY)
15) Zahed Salem (EGY)
16) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
17) Daryl Selby (ENG)
18) James Willstrop (ENG)
19) Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
20) Declan James (ENG)
21) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
22) Cesar Salazar (MEX)
23) Tom Richards (ENG)
24) Adrian Waller (ENG)
25) Mostafa Asal (EGY)
26) Leo Au (HKG)
27) Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
28) Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
29) Greg Lobban (SCO)
30) Raphael Kandra (GER)
31) Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
32) Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
33) Max Lee (HKG)
34) Borja Golan (ESP)
35) Campbell Grayson (NZL)
36) Lucas Serme (FRA)
37) Youssef Soliman (EGY)
38) Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP)
39) George Parker (ENG)
40) Arturo Salazar (MEX)
41) Chris Simpson (ENG)
42) Alan Clyne (SCO)
43) Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
44) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
45) Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
46) Ivan Yuen (MAS)
47) Todd Harrity (USA)
48) Ramit Tandon (IND)
49) Richie Fallows (ENG)
50) Mohamed El Sherbini (EGY)
51) Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
52) Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
53) Tayyab Aslam (PAK)
54) Ben Coleman (ENG)
55) Nathan Lake (ENG)
56) Edmon Lopez (ESP)
57) Aqeel Rehman (AUT)
58) Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN)
59) Benjamin Aubert (FRA)
60) Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
61) Shawn Delierre (CAN)
62) Kristian Frost (DEN)
Wildcard) Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT)
Wildcard) Hamad Al-Amri (QAT)

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History Of The World Championships

The inaugural Men’s World Championship began in 1976 in London – with the whole tournament being played at the old Wembley Stadium, home of the English football team.

Whilst the Women’s Tour also first began that year in 1976, when the iconic Heather McKay lifted the first of her two titles, beating Marion Jackman on home soil in Brisbane, Australia.

Fellow Australians Rhonda Thorne and Sarah Cardwell followed in McKay’s footsteps before the legendary Susan Devoy became the first non-Australian player to get her hands on the coveted trophy in 1985, at which point the tournament was a biennial event.

Since then, the Men’s and Women’s tournaments have been staged in all four corners of the globe, with the competition being held in countries such as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany to name a few.

Australian legend Geoff Hunt took the first Men’s World Championship title after he beat Pakistan’s Mohibullah Khan in the final and he held onto it for a further three years after defeating Qamar Zaman on all three occasions, once in Canada and twice in his native country.

The next 16 years saw the Men’s World Championship dominated by players from Pakistan and, more specifically Jahangir and Jansher Khan, who between them won all but two World Championship titles between 1981 and 1996.

The two Khan’s are the most decorated players to have graced the Men’s World Championship with Jansher having eight to his name, whilst Jahangir captured the title six times – and the pair are considered to be two of the greatest players ever to play the sport.

A host of the biggest names in squash have also lifted the illustrious title, with Amr Shabana (4), Ramy Ashour (3), Nick Matthew (3) and David Palmer (2) all having their name engraved on the famous trophy.

Martine Le Moignan was the first Englishwoman to capture the title, before Devoy took the next two titles in 1990 and 1992, with the tournament switching to an annual format from that point onwards.
Australia dominated the women’s event over the next decade, with Michelle Martin’s triumph in 1993 bringing about a period that saw the title shared between her (three wins), Sarah Fitz-Gerald (5) and Carol Owens (1) in nine of the 10 tournaments held between 1993-2002.

England’s Cassie Campion was the only player to put a dent in the Australian dominance of the 90s, with her 1999 triumph over Martin seeing her become the first female English World Champion in 10 years.

Over the next few years, the legendary Malaysian Nicol David made her mark on the tournament, claiming her maiden World Championship title in Hong Kong in 2005 courtesy of a win over Australian Rachael Grinham, before retaining her title the following year with a win over Grinham’s younger sister, Natalie.

The Grinham sisters met in the final in 2007, with Rachael being the victor, but David responded with an incredible five wins on the bounce in an unprecedented spell of dominance.

That run eventually came to an end in the 2013 edition, which saw England’s Laura Massaro claim her first World title in Penang, beating then 18-year-old Nour El Sherbini in the showpiece finale.

But El Sherbini soon got her hands on the sport’s biggest prize when she battled back from two games down to become the youngest ever Women’s World Champion at the age of 20 – eclipsing the record set by Devoy 31 years earlier.

Tickets are priced from just $30 and are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.

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World Championships 2019
Men's Draw
Nov 08-15
Doha, Qatar
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$5k

Second ROUND
11 DEC
Third ROUND
12
-13 DEC
QUARTERS
1
5 DEC
SEMIS
16 DEC
FINAL
17 DEC
         
 
   
 
     
 
   
 
       
 
   
 
     
 
   
 
ROUND ONE
 

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