Nour El Tayeb, Raneem El Welily, Joelle King, Tarek Momen, Simon Rösner
and Marwan ElShorbagy have all booked their places in June’s PSA World
Series Finals after guaranteeing themselves a top eight berth on the PSA
World Series Standings.
Only the top eight players on the PSA World Series Standings will
qualify for June’s PSA World Series and points for the standings are on
offer at all World Series tournaments throughout the 2017/18 season.
Egypt’s World No.3 El Tayeb claimed a second World Series title at the
Windy City Open last week, giving her the maximum 100 points on offer as
she moved up to second on the PSA Women’s World Series Standings with
320 points, 30 points behind current leader Nour El Sherbini, who had
already qualified before the tournament.
World Champion El Welily - who has reached the finals of the U.S. Open,
Hong Kong Open and Saudi PSA Women’s Masters so far this season - sits
third, 60 points behind El Tayeb, but her semi-final finish in Chicago
last week is enough to see her qualify.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s King, who beat El Welily to reach a maiden
World Series final in Chicago, has also qualified and the 29-year-old
will make her first ever appearance at the World Series Finals in June.
France’s Camille Serme, defending champion Laura Massaro, Egypt’s Nouran
Gohar and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry complete the top eight on the
women’s standings, while two-time winner Nicol David currently sits 15
points behind Perry and, with only two World Series tournaments
remaining this season, has a real fight on her hands to qualify.
A semi-final finish for men’s World No.6 Momen in Chicago sees him
overtake Tournament of Champions winner Rösner to join compatriots
Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag in qualifying, ensuring all-Egyptian
top threes on both the men’s and women’s standings.
Rösner drops down to fourth, with 45 points separating him and Windy
City Open runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy in fifth and both of those players
have guaranteed their participation at the World Series Finals
2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, three-time World Champion Nick
Matthew and three-time World Series Finals winner Gregory Gaultier take
up the rest of the spots inside the top eight.
All three players sit on 105 points, while World No.3 Omar Mosaad sits
in ninth, 20 points behind.
The battle for points on the PSA World Series Standings continues next
month at the El Gouna International between April 20-27 and action from
the tournament will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and
Eurosport Player (Europe only), while mainstream broadcasters such as BT
Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro will show live
coverage of the semi-finals and finals.