ATCO World Series
Squash Finals 2012
04-08 Jan, Queen's Club, London
David and Shabana take
WSSF titles at Queen's
Nicol David (Mas) bt Madeline
11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (41m)
Amr Shabana (Egy) bt
Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
6/11, 12/10, 11/7, 7/11, 11/8 (91m)
David takes the title
SkySports continued their live
coverage at Queens Club in London, for the final day of the
event that saw the reigning world No1 contain a spirited
challenge from Madeline Perry, ranked two places below her.
who knocked out England’s home hope Jenny Duncalf in
yesterday’s semi final, played a confident game from the
start and took an early lead in the first game. David wasn’t
going to let her opponent build up too much of an advantage
however, and was always within touching distance.
The scores stayed tight right the way up to 9-all, with
Perry stepping forward to volley early and easily matching
the higher seed for width and precision. It was only at this
stage that David upped the pace, working Perry out of
position and finishing off two rallies to take the first
This became the pattern for the rest of the match too.
Neither player was ever more than three points away from one
another, as the finalists seemed to cancel each other out
with their efforts. Similarly, at 9-all in the second game,
Nicol again found an extra half-yard of pace and her lethal
attacking shots saw off the second game in her favour, also
Just as in the previous games, the score-line showed exactly
how closely fought this contest was, with every bit of
ground gained by one player, the other would immediately
pull level. The standard of line and length squash on
display was at it’s highest all week and easily the most
closely matched contest of the week. Again the scores were
tied at 8-8 and again, Perry seemed to lack the quality
finishing in the most important periods of the match. David
on the other hand, held game-ball’s in the first two games
and finished each off on the first time of asking.
Match-ball was a similar story, with Perry managing to
reduce the deficit by one point before David claimed the
title as her own.
The Malaysian played five matches this week and dropped just
one game, coming at the hand of Laura Massaro in the semi
finals. No player deserved a game more than Perry today for
a sterling effort against the world No1 but on this occasion
it wasn’t to be.
David said after winning the title: “Winning the World
Series Finals title is a great start to 2012 and having the
top 8 players here and contending for it makes it very
special. It’s never easy but I’ve felt good all week and
very pleased to be playing well. Hopefully there’s more to
“Knowing that tonight was going to be a longer game felt
weird after playing best of three all week. It felt like a
longer game today, which is strange as yesterday I played
three game too, but I don’t tend to approach matches
differently depending on that. I played well during the
crucial points tonight and I’m delighted to have won.”
Shabana wins in UK at last
ATCO PSA World Series Squash Finals - covered live by Sky
Sports - came to a glorious conclusion today at The Queen's
Club in London when Egyptian maestro Amr Shabana rolled back
the years to win the $110,000 PSA World Tour title, and his
first ever squash trophy on British soil.
The sensational 91-match, in which the 32-year-old four-time
world champion was taken the full distance by higher-ranked
Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, was a fitting climax to the
flagship PSA Tour event which featured the eight most
successful players from the nine PSA World Series
championships in 2011.
World No3 Gaultier, celebrating his fourth final in four
appearances in the championship, came out with all guns
blazing and quickly opened up a 5-0 lead before going on to
take the game.
Shabana, the former world No1 now ranked eight in the world,
seemed revitalised in the second and - helped by a sudden
spurt of unforced errors from his opponent - battled to
game-ball at 10-5. But the stylish left-hander was unable to
close out the game as the younger Frenchman gradually
reduced the deficit before drawing level.
The game was characterised by two incredible marathon
rallies - the veteran Egyptian matching the 29-year-old
Gaultier shot after shot. The courageous Shabana refused to
bow down, however, and finally claimed his sixth game ball
to draw level.
From 4-6 down in the third, Shabana won five points in a row
as Gaultier became embroiled in arguments with the referee.
The former champion took another point but it was the
Egyptian who maintained the upper hand to take the game and
move 2/1 up.
Despite the pundits' view that longer matches would favour
the younger player, Shabana capitalised on his momentum to
lead 7-6 in the fourth. But the Aix-en-Provence ace
refocused to take the next five points in a row to force a
The packed Queen's Club crowd certainly got their money's
worth - and no more so than at two-all in the decider when
Shabana twice dived full length in the rally to keep the
ball in play, and Gaultier inexplicably responded by putting
the ball into the tin to give the Egyptian the point!
The next two points went to Gaultier, but thereafter it was
Shabana who maintained the lead - and after one match-ball
was saved, it was an irretrievable backhand drop shot from
the back of the court that gave Shabana his historic 6-11,
12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 victory.
The crowd gave the two players a standing ovation while
Shabana lay flat on his back outside the court. When Sky MC
Natalie Pinkham began to interview the new champion after he
sat up, he urged her to keep on talking while he got his
When asked to sum up his feelings about his win at this
stage of his career, Shabana admitted that he had considered
quitting the game a year ago: "I can't player better. I was
nearly out last year - thinking about if it's time to watch
the players play rather than competing with them.
"If it wasn't for my friends and family - one of whom was
Greg, who kept telling me to push - I think I would have
retired. I tried my best."
How special was it to win his first title in the UK, asked
Ms Pinkham: "I'm not going to miss that question, so I thank
god I won't be asked it again now that I have won," said the
Cairo-based star, who now boasts 28 PSA World Tour titles.
Gaultier also joined in the post-match interview: "I am
disappointed to lose - but I am really happy for him as he
was struggling last year. I learned a lot from him - he's
great for the game," said the Frenchman.
"Hopefully I will win the next one!"
AS IT HAPPENED...
In the first two games, Madeline had the upper hand,
but made a few errors at crucial times.
In the 3rd, Madeline
never let go, dug in, hitting extremely hard and accurately,
saving one match ball. But again today, Nicol too
An excellent start for the Frenchman, in control most of the
game, even if Shabs' old legs are starting to find their
mark by the end of the game.... The second game was all
about Shabana up to 10/5, Greg catching up 10/10 only to bow
In the third, Greg can only blame himself to get annoyed
with the ref, losing concentration and tinning most of the
balls after his last chat with the ref...
The fourth well,
very close up to 7/7, Greg managing his temper better, and
Shabana maybe just a bit tired on the last points...
And that 5th, well, Shabana was just too... Shabana really.
Fast, accurate, clever. Greg had just too many chats with
the ref, lost precious points, and allowed Shabs to get
confident when he needed to.
This mark the first EVER victory from Shabana on English
Soil. 'Bout time too.... Hail Shabana and Mabrook...
Nicol David bt Laura Massaro
8/11, 11/4, 11/3 (33m)
Madeline Perry bt Jenny Duncalf
11/13, 11/8 11/5 (42m)
Perry progress to the final
On an occasion where SkySports were broadcasting the event
live, this is the kind of spectacle that most squash players
are unfamiliar with these days. That said, the WSA’s world
top four players were focussed and well up for the televised
semi finals day.
Laura Massaro recorded a number of scalps throughout
2011, attributing to her sharp climb up the WSA rankings. A
similar result seemed on the cards today as her opponent
Nicol David was made to work for her points in the first
game. The world No1 hadn’t been made to work too hard in the
group stages of the event this week and was yet to drop a
But Massaro cut an imposing figure on court from the first
point, maintaining a careful and patient approach but not
shying away from attacking opportunities. To an extent the
Englishwoman was encouraged by some uncharacteristic errors
from David, as she hit the tin on a few occasions from a
comfortable volley position. Massaro held three game balls
against the Malaysian and finished off the first game, 11/8.
David renewed her focus in the second game. Her attacking
shots early on had been prone to hitting the tin. But after
the break, her length was tighter and her drop shots rarely
retrievable. Under the added pressure, Massaro was unable to
respond with the same consistency and succumbed quickly as
David drew level with an 11/4 win.
Momentum was really with David following the quick second
game and she shot out of the blocks again to a 4-1 lead.
Massaro was able to show only glimpses of her first game
form as David upped her game to such an extent that the
English No2 was extremely limited with her attacking
options. David marched on to hold seven match balls and
consummated her progression to tomorrows final with an 8/11,
11/4, 11/3 win in 33mins.
Continuing the battle at the top of the WSA rankings, world
No2 Jenny Duncalf then played No3 Madeline Perry.
Some very close early exchanges saw neither player take an
advantage, until Duncalf, using front court boasts to good
effect, extended the biggest gap of the game so far at 6-4.
The lead didn’t last long though, and the game continued to
be neck and neck until the tiebreak at 10-all. Neither
player deserved to lose such a tightly contested first game,
but Duncalf edged another game ball and was able to finish
off the game, 13/11.
Perry fought back in the second, taking a 5-1 lead early on
as Duncalf struggled to exert the same pressure she had in
the first game. The Northern Irish international’s lead
grew, and on the whole proved too consistent for Duncalf,
who did manage a small fight back towards the end of the
game but the deficit was too great and Perry took the game,
The third game was a similar story. Duncalf’s retrieval
efforts were starting to slow, with Perry appearing to have
worn down her opponent and as a result, the error count
began to rise. Perry’s length had been accurate all match
and that didn’t look like wavering and her tactics were spot
on for containing the Englishwoman’s attacking efforts, as
she edged towards her place in tomorrow’s final. Perry held
firm as she booked her place in the final, overcoming
Duncalf 11/13, 11/8, 11/5 in 42mins.
“I don’t think James was on top
of his game, possibly thinking about tomorrow’s semi-finals.
“It gives me some redemption and I’m happy to get the win.”
“It wasn’t easy, I’ve had to give
a big push as this game is always unpredictable.
“Mohamed beat me last time so it was good beat him this time round.
“I’m just happy to be in the semi-final of such a prestigious
“Tomorrow’s game against Karim will be a tough battle. We know each
other well so I am looking forward to it and will be doing my best
to stay focussed.”
6th Jan 2012,
11/6, 6/11, 11/9 (41m)
Darwish bt Mohamed El Shorbagy
11/9, 11/9 (40m)
Peter Barker bt LJ Anjema
11/8, 9/11, 11/9 (51m)
Greg Gaultier v
11/7, 11/4 (20m)
(players in violet in the semis)
James Willstrop’s 17 match unbeaten run came to an
end with a shock defeat to Malaysia’s Azlan Iskandar
6/11, 11/6, 9/11. Willstrop however still progresses to
tomorrow’s semi-finals as winner of Group 1 and will be
looking to put the defeat behind him as soon as possible.
A tense all-Egyptian match-up between Karim Darwish and
Mohamed El Shorbagy, saw Darwish also progress into the
semi-final finishing behind Willstop in second place.
crucial game between Gregory Gaultier of France and
Egypt’s Amr Shabana, saw Gaultier win the match and
take first place in Group 2. Tomorrow’s semi-final will now
see Gaultier play Karim Darwish, whilst Shabana will face
World No. 1 James Willstrop.
 Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt  Camille Serme (Fra)
9-11, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)
 Nicol David (Mas) bt  Madeline Perry (Irl)
11-6, 12-10 (25m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng) bt  Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11-3, 11-4 (18m)
Serme and Donna Urquhart were first on court, with Serme
needing a win to stand a chance of progressing from from
Group A. Neither player completely dominated the first game,
but Serme pulled ahead of her opponent at 7-all to gain the
upper hand. A late Urquhart surge saw the Australian pull
level, but Serme held her nerve and closed the game out
Urquhart showed a more consistent performance in the second
game, cutting out the errors, chasing relentlessly and she
deservedly took a close 11/8 win. As the game progressed,
Urquhart’s confidence grew and with it her anticipation of
Serme’s attacking shots also improved.
This attribute frustrated Serme, but retrieved well and
there was nothing separating the pair throughout. At 8-all
it could have gone either way, but Urquhart came through to
take the match, and consigning Serme to third place in the
group, just missing out on the qualification spot.
needed a win against her opponent Low Wee Wern to see
her through to the semi finals, having had a day off
yesterday due to Rachael Grinham’s withdrawal. The England
No2 made short work of things in the first game, with her
opponent amassing just three points.
More of the same confident squash followed, with Wee Wern
struggling to establish herself at all on court. Massaro
length was tight and she pushed forward on the tee well and
ran out the game 11/4.
For the third match in a row, Nicol David started
quickly against Madeline Perry, jumping to a 6-2
lead. From here, she rode out a confident game 11/6. The
second game was a much closer affair. Despite Nicol again
winning six points on the bounce, Perry found her range and
was much more dangerous hitting into the corners.
The game saw plenty of down-the-wall squash, with neither play wanting to
give each other a hint of an opportunity. David held two
match balls at 10-8, but was unable to apply the finishing
touch and Perry forced the tiebreak at 10-all.
A succession of three let balls in a row followed, all from
backhand drives showed just how tight the game had become,
and only a stroke in favour of David broke the deadlock.
From there she needed only one more opportunity to finish of
the match 12/10.
"Comme je le disais hier, les jours passent et ne se
Malheureusement, les choses ne se sont pas déroulés comme je
Je suis déçue de ma prestation contre Donna et du coup déçue
de ne pas atteindre les demi-finales...
J'étais stressée, pas vraiment en confiance, ce qui m'a
amené à faire beaucoup de mauvais choix tactiques, et donc
qui a permit à Donna de bien jouer.
De plus, je me suis trop vite énervée, ce qui n'a pas
vraiment arrangé les choses... Bref, il y a des jours où la
tête ne suit pas...ce fut mon cas aujourd'hui.
Tant pis, il y aura d'autres masters...
Maintenant je me concentre sur Cleveland (qui se déroulera
fin janvier) où il y aura plus d'enjeux et où je devrais
mieux gérer tout ça.
Thanks to Jordan for the use of his
5th Jan 2012,
bt Azlan Iskandar
11/4, 8/11, 11/4 (36m)
James Willstrop bt Mohamed El Shorbagy 11/7, 11/6
Amr Shabana bt LJ Anjema
11/5, 11/4 (24m)
Greg Gaultier bt Peter Barker
14/12, 11/6 (44m)
swift straight games victory over Dutchman Laurens Jan
Anjema has guaranteed Egypt's Amr Shabana a
place in the semi-finals of the flagship PSA World Tour
event at The Queen's Club for the sixth year in a row.
After making his debut in the championship in 2004, Shabana
reached the last four for the first time two years later -
and in 2008 finished as runner-up. The 32-year-old - the
veteran of the Queen's field - made the final for the second
time last year.
His second win in a row at Queen's ensures his place in
Saturday's semi-finals - but first he will face Group 2
rival Gregory Gaultier tomorrow to decide the Group
Frenchman Gaultier notched up his second pool win after
beating Londoner Peter Barker 14-12, 11-6 in 44 minutes.
Gaultier, whose remaining pool match with Shabana will be a
repeat of the 2008 final, boasts a remarkable World Series
Finals record, having reached the climax in all three
previous appearances, with title successes in 2008 and 2009.
it was in Group 1 that James Willstrop kept home
hopes alive with an impressive win over 20-year-old World
Series Finals debutant Mohamed El Shorbagy.
The experienced Yorkshireman, who became England's second
successive world number one at the beginning of this month,
contained the exuberant and often brilliant play of the
young Egyptian in 31 minutes, winning 11-7, 11-6.
The 28-year-old from Leeds was marking his 17th successive
Tour match win in a run which included successive World
Series event title triumphs in Hong Kong, Kuwait and India.
El Shorbagy and fellow countryman Karim Darwish will
compete for the other semi-final slot from Group 1 in
Friday's final pool round. In tonight's opening match,
Darwish earned his first win of the event when he beat
Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskandar 11-4, 8-11, 11-5.
Camille Serme bt Madeline Perry
11/6, 5/11, 11/7
Nicol David bt Donna Urquhart
11/4, 11/4 (15m)
Jenny Duncalf bt Low Wee Wern
11/7, 11/8 (27m)
Rachael Grinham v Laura Massaro
Nicol and Duncalf on course
Grinham was forced to retire from the competition early
this morning, due to injury. The Australian took a fall in
the final points of her match against Low Wee Wern yesterday
and spent the night trying to recuperate ahead of her
fixture with Laura Massaro this afternoon. Grinham took the
decision not to risk pushing her injury however, and Group B
will now be comprised of just three players.
First onto court was Madeline Perry against Camille Serme.
The cool conditions on court seemed to better suit Serme in
the opening exchanges and she confidently attacked with
dropshots and picked off Perry’s loose shots from the T. At
3-9 down, Perry began to show signs of improvement, finding
a tighter length and moving her opponent around but the
French international was too far ahead and Serme closed out
the game 11-6.
Perry settled in well after the break and shot ahead to a
6-0 lead utilising a faster pace and much improved width.
With her improved range, she closed out the second game 11-5
with Serme unable to mount any consistent challenge.
Serme handed her opponent a
further lead early in the first game, with a number of
errors, but kept her nerve to stay close to her Irish
opponent and took the lead at 7-6 with a renewed attacking
style and saw out the match 11/7.
Nicol David continued her progression through the
group stages with a controlled and precise 2-0 win over
Australian Donna Urquhart.
Malaysian played a tight and patient game from the start and
was quite happy to wait for her chances to attack, and for
errors from her opponent. Urquhart was limited to only the
occasional scoring chance throughout the match, and under
pressure hit a number of balls out of court. David is
through to the next round now after consecutive 2-0 wins,
with Madeline Perry still to play tomorrow.
Due to Grinham’s withdrawal, Jenny Duncalf versus
Low Wee Wern played the final WSA match of the day. The
first game was a close affair, with Duncalf always slightly
ahead of her Malaysian opponent.
After establishing a small lead early on, she did enough to
stay ahead of Wee Wern throughout the game and closed out a
11/7 win. The Englishwoman took an early lead in the second,
winning five points in a row and putting herself in a good
position to see out the game.
Wee Wern’s strong retrieval kept the match from being a
whitewash, and she came close to a comeback in the second
game after some good recovery squash forced some errors from
the England No1. Duncalf weathered the storm though and came
through her second win of the group stage with an 11/7, 11/8
"Un peu dur d'attaquer l'année 2012 en jouant Nicol David comme 1er
match, mais je suis plutôt contente de mon niveau de jeu.
J'ai eu de bonnes séquences où je menais l'échange et faisait bien
bouger Nicol. Malheureusement au bout d'un moment, pendant ce même
échange, elle ramenait tellement que je faisais une erreur tactique
et du coup les rôles s'inversaient...
Cette semaine n'est que du bonus alors pas de prise de tête...
Demain sera un autre jour, un autre match donc on verra ce que ça
4th Jan 2012, Day One:
Madeline Perry bt Donna Urquhart
11/7, 11/6 (18m)
Nicol David bt Camille Serme
11/6, 11/6 (17m)
Jenny Duncalf bt Laura Massaro 5/11, 11/6, 11/6
Rachael Grinham bt Low Wee Wern 9/11, 11/8, 11/9 (36m)
ranked women on form
at day one of World Series Finals
Madeline Perry and Donna Urquhart were first onto
court this afternoon. World no3 Madeline Perry started well,
climbing to an 8/4 lead against her Australian opponent
before closing out the first game 11-7.
In a similar run of form to the first game, she led the
second 8/2 with Urquhart unable to respond with a successive
run of points. The Irish international closed out the match
in 18minutes, 11/7, 11/6.
Also in Group A, World Champion Nicol David showed
the kind of form that makes her the favourite to win the WSA
event, as she dispatched Camille Serme in 17minutes.
The Malaysian never allowed Serme into the match and a
comfortable scoreline of 11/6, 11/6 is evidence of David’s
desire to progress through to the final stages of the event,
to be broadcast live on SkySports this weekend.
first Group B match was contested by an all-English pairing.
Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro clashed a number of
times in 2011 with the higher seed Duncalf winning only once
in four, though she did claim the last battle in the World
Open quarter-finals. Massaro started the sharper of the pair
winning four points on the bounce to extend an 8/4 lead and
closing out the game 11/5.
The World No2 responded well though, capitalising on some
lose front-court play from Massaro to claim the second game
11/6 and force the first three-game match of the tournament.
Duncalf continued her punishing form into the third game,
despite a stern effort from her opponent, and pulled ahead
at 6-all to claim five points in a row and the first win in
Experienced Rachel Grinham then faced Low Wee Wern in
the final WSA match of the day. Wern came from behind to
surprise Grinham in the first game, coming from 5/9 down to
win 11/9. A refocused Grinham came back to court and leapt
to a 6-point lead before closing out the second game 11/8.
She then fought her way through a close third game and
despite taking a nasty looking fall into the front of the
court, finished the match 11/9.
 Mohd El Shorbagy (Egy) bt
 Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11-7, 11-5 (22m)
 James Willstrop (Eng) bt  Karim Darwish (Egy)
11-6, 11-5 (25m)
 Grégory Gaultier (Fra) bt  Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
11-5, 13-11 (40m)
 Amr Shabana (Egy) bt  Peter Barker (ENG)
7-11, 11-8, 11-7 (45m)
England's James Willstrop celebrated his new world
number one ranking in perfect style tonight in London by
beating Egyptian Karim Darwish in the first pool
In his first match since topping the Dunlop PSA World
Rankings for the first time at the beginning of this month,
Yorkshireman Willstrop gave a convincing display to overcome
Darwish, the world No5 from Cairo, 11-6, 11-5 in 25 minutes.
In the other match in Group 1, Egyptian Mohamed El
Shorbagy despatched fellow World Series Finals newcomer
Azlan Iskandar, the world No10 from Malaysia,
11-7, 11-5 in just 22 minutes.
El Shorbagy was a late addition to the field after the
withdrawal of fellow countryman Ramy Ashour, the 2007
champion. The 20-year-old world No6 from Alexandria is a
student at the University of the West of England - and had
to sit an exam this afternoon in Bristol before racing back
to London to play his opening match!
was further Egyptian success later in the evening when
four-time world champion Amr Shabana fought back from
game down to beat Londoner Peter Barker, the world
No7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7 in 45 minutes.
Shabana, at 32 the oldest player in the field, is making his
eighth successive appearance in the World Series Finals.
Despite reaching the final both in 2008 and 2011, the
mercurial former world No1 from Cairo is looking for his
first title - and success at Queen's would mark his first
ever title triumph in England.
In the other Group 2 match, Gregory Gaultier
demonstrated some excellent pressure squash early on in the
first game and had Dutch opponent Laurens Jan Anjema
struggling right from the start.
The Frenchman's powerful lengths were forcing loose balls
from the Dutchman, and Gaultier looked under no pressure to
give up his comfortable spot on the tee. The second game was
closer however, and Anjema was able to force Gaultier to a
tie-break after a marked improvement in his length and
The world No3 from Aix-en-Provence - a finalist in all three
previous appearances in the event and twice a winner of the
title - always looked the more dangerous on the attack
though, and closed out the match 11-5, 13-11 after 40
“It’s phenomenal to be world no.1 and the way I played at the end of
2011 to earn the ranking – I couldn’t have hoped for more.
“I had a good rest over the Christmas break and felt relaxed coming
on to court. Me and Karim have had so many matches in the past, it’s
just great to beat a top player 2-0.
“To get this first threat out of the way and do so well is a great
"I am very happy to win today...I cant believe how well I played...
I didn't expected it at all considering I had the exam this morning
It's very cold there but it does suits my game a lot... The venue is
amazing, the best I have been...
I am enjoying my stay here and I hope I can carry on the good form"
Tournament Info & Schedule
best head for Queen's
The top eight points earners from the World Series events of
2011 are invited to the World Series Finals, to be held for
the third successive year at London's prestigious Queen's
1 James Willstrop (Eng) 525
2 Nick Matthew (Eng)
425 w/d 2 Jan LJ Anjema (Ned)
Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
3. Ramy Ashour (Egy)
400 w/d 28-Dec
4. Grégory Gaultier (Fra) 335
5. Karim Darwish (Egy) 270
6. Amr Shabana (Egy) 265
7. Peter Barker (Eng)
8. Azlan Iskandar (Mas) 170
2010 PSA World Series Events:
US Open |
Qatar | [World
Open] | Hong Kong |
WSA Women's Qualifiers:
1. Nicol David (Mas)
2. Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 330
3. Madeline Perry (Irl)
4. Rachael Grinham (Aus) 200
5. Laura Massaro (Eng) 190
6. Kasey Brown (Aus)
7= Camille Serme (Fra) 145
7= Low Wee Wern (Mas) 145
9= Donna Urquhart (Aus) 135
2010 WISPA World Series Events:
Cayman | Malaysian |
US Open |
| Hong Kong
2011 World Series Finals
2012 ATCO World Series Finals
returns to Queen's
The ATCO World
Series Squash Finals will
return to The
Queen's Club in London for
the third time next year, from 4-8 January.
The flagship PSA event,
which celebrates its 18th staging since 1993, will feature
the top eight players from the 2011
Dunlop PSA World Series Standings following
their achievements in this year's nine PSA
World Series events
(two of which have yet to be completed).
But new for 2012 will be the simultaneous staging of the WISPA
World Series Finals -
featuring the top eight women in the now-completed 2011
WISPA World Series programme, led by Malaysia's record
six-time world champion Nicol
The women's event, launched in 1998, has not been staged
since 2004 - and never before in England. It will be run
alongside the men's championship for the first time.
Nick Matthew, the men's world number one and world
champion from England who currently leads this year's PSA
World Series Standings, said: "The ATCO World Series Finals
are a culmination of a year's hard work and graft on tour
and you truly have to earn the right to be amongst the eight
players in the finals.
"Queen's has proved to be an amazing venue for the last
couple of years and it would be a great honour to become
Tour champion in this iconic British venue."
Nicol David added:
"This is such an important event for women's squash as the
top eight women are going to be joining with the top eight
men in the ATCO World Series Finals. We have been playing
hard all year around the world and it will be great to come
together with the men to fight for this title, especially
somewhere as well known as the Queen's Club and where our
association is now based.
"I'm very glad to be part of this event for the first time
and looking forward to a spectacular event in London."