World Series Finals 2013
02-06 Jan, the Queen's Club, London
Nicol David 3-0 Laura Massaro
11/3, 11/2, 11/9 (37m)
Amr Shabana 3-1 Nick Matthew 4/11, 11/2, 11/4,
David & Shabana retain
World Series Titles ...
Amr Shabana and Nicol David lifted the 2013 ATCO PSA World
Series Squash trophies after dazzling performances on a
thrilling final day at Queen’s Club.
from Egypt, beat England’s Nick Matthew 3-1 (4/11 11/2 11/4
11/7) in 57 minutes to successfully defend his title. David,
who was also defending champion in the women’s event,
defeated England's Laura Massaro 3-0 (11/3 11/2 11/9) in 37
“It’s an amazing feeling to win here again,” said Shabana,
who dedicated to his win to his wife Nadjla. “I’ve been
playing this tournament for ten years and I love it. When
everything is so well taken care of and you feel like all
you need to do is come and play squash, then it really makes
you want to raise your game.”
He was full of praise for Matthew after their high-octane
final. “Nick is one of the best athletes out there. When you
play him there are very few areas of the court to hit to
where he won’t punish you.”
“I didn’t play badly at all, he was just too good for me but
I think he would have been too good for most people today,”
said Matthew. “I tried to get my game in gear but he just
wouldn’t let me. In the end it was a steam train.”
superstar David remains unbeaten at Queen's Club, which
hosted the women's World Series Finals for the first time
last year. It was the second tournament in a row in which
she and Massaro have met in the final after the World No.1
edged out the Englishwoman at the Cayman World Open last
month, to win a record seventh World Open title.
"I knew that I had to start strong against her because she's
in front of her home crowd and otherwise she'd feed off the
crowd. Instead I ended up feeding off the crowd myself,”
Massaro was disappointed but said she would leave Queen’s
Club in a positive frame of mind. “I’d say this week has
been 80% positive and the key is to take the good from that
and learn from the 20% that wasn’t so good,” she said.
Sat 5th, Semi-finals:
Laura Massaro 2-1 Jenny
6/11, 11/8, 11/9
Nicol David 2-0 Camille
11/5, 11/8 (23m)
Amr Shabana 2-1 James Willstrop
11/7, 8/11, 11/7 (69m)
Nick Matthew 2-1
10/12, 11/9, 11/8
Massaro and Matthew aim for home wins against
champions in WSSF finals ...
Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew will be hoping to take home
advantage when they compete for the ATCO PSA World Series
Finals titles at Queen’s Club on Sunday. Massaro will take
on Malaysian superstar and World No.1 Nicol David, while
Matthew faces experienced Egyptian Amr Shabana.
Both David and Shabana are defending champions.
had to battle for 65 minutes against feisty Frenchman
Gregory Gaultier before eeking out a 2-1 (10/12 11/9 11/9)
“It came down to one or two points and it was a viscous
pace,” said Matthew.
“The crowd was great and Greg had his fair share of support
as well. In the end I think the crowd just wanted it to be
as close as possible. I’m looking forward to playing Amr. He
took me to the cleaners when we played earlier in the week.
Hopefully I can get some revenge.”
proved too strong for England’s James Willstrop in their
semi-final, despite a battling performance from the
Yorkshireman in front of a home crowd.
“It’s very intimidating playing in front of a crowd like
that and I definitely think James rallied the more they
supported him,” said Shabana. “Nick is one of the fittest
guys out there and he covers the court very well. I’ll have
to play well against him.”
Massaro, from Lancashire, earned a place in her first final
at Queen’s Club when she beat countrywoman Jenny Duncalf 2-1
(6/11 11/8 11/9 in 45 minutes) before David sealed her place
in the final with a 11/5 11/8 23-minute win over France’s
felt like it was a really competitive match against Jenny.
There are definitely a few things I can improve on but Jenny
played really well. She's improved a lot and she's obviously
started the year really well,” said Massaro.
Massaro has already notched up one win over David this week,
having beaten her in their round robin pool match on
"To be honest it's a nice little confidence boost but she's
definitely a player who raises her game and she hates to
lose so I'd expect things to be a lot tougher against her in
the final," said the Englishwoman.
said she expected another strong challenge from Massaro,
whom she beat in the Cayman World Open final last month.
“In our pool match, Laura was just playing better on the day
and she’s a tough player but I just know that as the week
develops you feel better and better.
"I’m just looking forward to playing the final against her
and putting it all out there. Hopefully I can save the best
Semis & Finals
Sat 5th Jan,
2-1 Jenny Duncalf
Nicol David 2-0 Camille Serme
Gregory Gaultier 1-2 Nick Matthew
Amr Shabana 2-1 James Willstrop
Sunday 6th Jan
Finals from 16.00
Pool Matches (best of three)
Laura Massaro 2-0
Nicol David 2-0
Raneem El Weleily 1-2 Jenny Duncalf
Nour El Sherbini 0-2 Camille Serme
Thursday 3rd Jan
Annie Au 0-2 Natalie Grinham
Nicol David 0-2 Laura Massaro
Raneem El Weleily 0-2 Nour El Sherbini
Jenny Duncalf 0-2 Camille Serme
Friday 4th Jan
Nicol David 2-0 Natalie Grinham
Laura Massaro 1-2 Annie Au
Raneem El Weleily 2-0 Camille Serme
Nour El Sherbini 1-2 Jenny Duncalf
Wednesday 2nd Jan:
Mohamed El Shorbagy 2-0
0-2 Amr Shabana
James Willstrop 2-0
Gregory Gaultier 2-1
Thursday 3rd Jan:
2-0 Peter Barker
Nick Matthew 2-0 Mohamed El Shorbagy
James Willstrop 0-2 Gregory Gaultier
B: Karim Darwish 0-2 Simon Rosner
Friday 4th Jan:
Nick Matthew 2-0 Peter Barker
Mohamed El Shorbagy 1-2 Amr Shabana
James Willstrop 2-0 Simon Rosner
Gregory Gaultier 0-2 Karim Darwish
Final Pool Matches:
Nicol David 2-0 Natalie Grinham 11/4, 11/8
Annie Au 2-1 Laura Massaro 11/5, 7/11,
Raneem El Weleily 2-0 Camille Serme
Jenny Duncalf 2-1 Nour El Sherbini 18/16, 4/11, 11/9
Semis: Massaro v Duncalf and David v Serme
A: Nick Matthew 2-0 Peter Barker 11/2,
A: Amr Shabana 2-1 Mohamed El Shorbagy
11/7, 8/11, 11/9
B: James Willstrop 2-0 Simon Rosner
B: Karim Darwish 2-0 Gregory Gaultier
Semis : Shabana v Willstrop and Matthew v Gaultier
Brits storm through
on Day Three at Queen's
James Willstrop and Nick Matthew set up the
tantalising possibility of an all-British men’s final at the
ATCO PSA World Series Squash Finals after both reached the
semis on Friday.
cheered on by Team GB Olympians Greg Searle, Victoria
Pendleton and Joanna Rowsell in Friday’s final pool
match against compatriot Peter Barker.
“I want to say thank you to the Olympians for coming. It
means a lot to have them supporting squash,” said Matthew,
after delivering a 11/2 12/10 win, which proved enough to
see him finish second in his group behind Amr Shabana of
“It was getting a bit edgy towards the end of the second. I
got a bit tentative but that’s what happens when it’s all on
the line,” said Matthew, who faces a tough semi-final
against feisty Frenchman Gregory Gaultier on Saturday.
will take on Shabana on Saturday after sealing his spot in
the last four with a vital 11/4 11/8 29-minute win over
Germany’s Simon Rosner in what was a must-win final group
match for him.
“It was a very physical match. Simon’s improved massively.
He’s very strong and an incredible athlete. I had to be
really on it tonight to win it,” said Willstrop.
In the women’s event, Laura Massaro and countrywoman Jenny
Duncalf will play an all-English semi-final on Saturday.
Duncalf earned her semi spot with a hard-fought 18/16 4/11
11/9 win over 17-year-old Egyptian Nour El Sherbini.
“Here’s hoping I’ll be fresh for tomorrow,” said Duncalf
afterwards. “These youngsters don’t seem to feel it too
much! I was just relieved to get that first set in the bag.
That’s always the key with this best-of-three format.”
Massaro’s wins in her first two group matches (including
victory over World No.1 Nicol David on Thursday) were enough
to see her through, despite an 11/5 7/11 11/6 defeat in her
final group match to Hong Kong’s Annie Au.
David, the defending ATCO PSA World Series Final women’s
champion, stormed into the semis with a 2-0 (11/4 11/8) win
over Natalie Grinham (NED).
David will play France’s Camille Serme in the last four.
Serme had already secured her place in the knockout stage
before Friday’s group match defeat to Raneem El Weleily (EGY).
Olympians on hand
Wed 3rd, Day TWO:
Amr Shabana 2-0 Peter Barker
Nick Matthew 2-0 Mohamed El Shorbagy
2-0 James Willstrop 11/6,
Simon Rosner 2-0Karim Darwish
All to play for in Pool A as Rosner keeps hopes
alive in London ...
After all the upsets in the women's matches, there were
'only' two against the head in the evening's men's second
round of pool play at Queen's Club.
In Pool A Amr Shabana made it two out of two and Nick
Matthew bounced back from yesterday's defeat. It's still any
two from three though, with Mohamed El Shorbagy needing to
beat Shabana and hoping for winless Peter Barker to beat
Matthew in tomorrow's final pool matches.
Pool B is clearer cut - Grégory Gaultier's win over
Willstrop puts the Frenchman through to the semis, where
he'll be joined by the winner of Willstrop and Simon Rosner,
who won the day's last match to put Karim Darwish out of contention.
“I played better than yesterday,” said Gaultier. “I
enjoyed playing against James. He doesn’t open the court up
much so you have to work really hard.”
“I think it was a high standard. I played well for long
periods of that match and didn’t come out with anything to
show for it.”
"It's awesome. I didn't expect to be here, but my
last-minute preparation went well. I'm really playing my
best squash here.
To win a match here on this great court is amazing. I'm very
"I had to make sure I didn't get too down after last
night's defeat - and now have to make sure I don't allow
myself to get too upbeat after tonight's win, as I have to
win tomorrow's match to have a chance of qualifying.
"Back in contention after a 2-0 win tonight. Better length &
faster start but Mo generous with his errors!"
A: Natalie Grinham 2-0 Annie Au
A: Laura Massaro 2-0 Nicol David
B: Nour El Sherbini 2-0 Raneem El Weleily 11/8, 11/8
B: Camille Serme 2-0 Jenny Duncalf
Upsets all round on women's Day Two
was an afternoon of upsets in the women's pool matches on
Day Two at Queen's as all four matches went against the
England's Laura Massaro heads pool A with two wins
after beating world champion Nicol David in two close games.
In Pool B it's Camille Serme on two wins after she beat
Jenny Duncalf, while Nour El Sherbini won the all-Egyptian
clash against world number two Raneem El Weleily.
Those two are guaranteed semi-final spots, to be joined by
the winners of tomorrow's David v Grinham and Duncalf v
“I thought I played well, I mean you have to played well
when you’re playing Nicol otherwise you’re off court before
you know it. She’s just won her seventh world title and
she’s playing really well and that means winning today is
even more special. She’s such a great champion that she’ll
come back for sure.”
“I was really focused on what I wanted to do in there today.
She’s beaten me comfortably the last few times we’ve played
but it was just a case of me executing my game plan. I’ve
beaten her before so when I got myself in that position it’s
not a surprise anymore, it’s just you don’t get yourself in
that position against her unless you’re playing really well.”
“When the other person is playing better on the day
there isn’t a lot you can do. I was just trying to get into
the game and play my shots but I was making too many errors.
I just have to go back and to reassess for the next match.
Both games were close. You just have to be sharp straight
away in this format. I just knew that I had to come in and
stay with her but she just played her shots better than me.”
Grinham: “With this format it’s really important to
try and get the first game. After that you can relax and
play your game once you’re ahead.”
“I think I love playing here. I’ve time I’ve come
here I play well and I play my best squash. I just played my
game, I didn’t have any particular tactics. She’s the World
No.2 so I just had to go out there and play my best.”
“I’m happy with my performance. I’m working on new things
with my coach at home and it seems like it worked today. We
had some upsets today so you never know what can happen.
I’ll see how I play tomorrow.”
En Français : "Je suis très contente de commencer
l'année de cette manière: 2 victoires et 2/0 les deux fois,
ça fait plaisir!
J'aime beaucoup ce court, il est super beau et c'est
vraiment agréable de jouer dans cet environnement.
Je prends énormément de plaisir sur le court et j'en profite
pour travailler ce que nous avons vu avec Philippe.
Que du bonheur, pourvu que ça dure... :)"
“It wasn’t great at all but Camille played really
well. She was too good today. Tomorrow’s another day isn’t
Women's Group A
Laura Massaro 2-0 Natalie Grinham
Nicol David 2-0 Annie Au
Jenny Duncalf 2-1 Raneem El Weleily 10/12,
Camille Serme 2-0 Nour El Sherbini
Men's Group A
Mohamed El Shorbagy v Peter Barker 11/6, 11/7 (22m)
Amr Shabana 2-0 Nick Matthew
11/6, 11/6 (28m)
James Willstrop 2-0 Karim Darwish
11/9, 11/5 (29m)
Gregory Gaultier 2-1 Simon Rosner
10/12, 11/4, 11/7 (46m)
Mixed fortunes for home
on opening day
Egypt's Amr Shabana kicked off the defence of his
ATCO PSA World Series Squash Finals title in fine style at
The Queen's Club in London by upsetting England's second
seed Nick Matthew in today's first pool round of the
flagship PSA World Tour championship featuring the world's
top eight players.
Shabana, the four-time world champion from Cairo whose World
Series Finals success last year gave him his maiden title in
the UK, despatched world number two Matthew 11-6, 11-6 in 28
The illustrious Egyptian was "too sharp tonight"
conceded Yorkshireman Matthew later. "I need to improve
against @MoElshorbagy tomorrow or I'm going home early,"
the 32-year-old from Sheffield told his Twitter followers.
But there was better Yorkshire success for top seed James
Willstrop. The former world number one from Leeds got
his campaign off to a perfect start when he eased past
Egypt's Karim Darwish 11-9 11-5 in his opening pool
match on the unique all-glass Z-Court.
"When you're No1 in the world and you have losses I think
you want to prove yourself a bit," said Willstrop after
his match. "This is a big event for me."
But Londoner Peter Barker was unable to exploit his
home advantage, losing out to Egypt's Mohamed El Shorbagy
Simon Rosner, the world No16 who became the first
German to qualify for the event after the late withdrawal of
world champion Ramy Ashour, made an impressive debut by
taking the opening game against third seeded Frenchman
Gregory Gaultier. But twice winner Gaultier, who has
made the final in all his four appearances in the event,
recovered the advantage to close out the match 10-12, 11-4,
The tournament's round robin format means that both Matthew
and Barker can still qualify for Saturday's semi-finals
(which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 3). Matthew
takes on El Shorbagy on Thursday, while Barker must try and
In the women’s competition, World No.1 and defending
champion Nicol David lived up to her
pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites for the
title when she beat Hong Kong’s Annie Au 11/7 11/4 in
confident style. Englishwomen Laura Massaro and
Jenny Duncalf also scored wins, with Duncalf coming from
behind to earn a 10/12 11/8 11/8 win over the higher ranked
Raneem El Weleily of Egypt.
Thursday sees Massaro and David face off in one of the most
anticipated matches of the day, with the winner taking a
giant stride towards the semi-finals. Duncalf is up against
Camille Serme of France, who notched up a win over
Egyptian Nour El
“I wasn’t feeling well over New Year’s Eve so I’m glad I
was able to recover in time to play this week,” said
Duncalf. “I didn’t want to miss out on playing this event
and playing on this court, because it’s amazing. It’s
brilliant to get to play at home because we play everywhere.
To have this event, in this setting, is a great way to start
Steve Line's Gallery
|Back to Queen's for
The annual end-of-season playoffs head for The Queen's Club
in London once more as the top eight points earners in the
PSA and WSA World Series events of 2012 contest the ATCO
World Series Finals.
Three days of pool matches - four women's matches each
afternoon and four men's matches each evening - will decide
the semi-finalists, and those semis and the finals will be
broadcast live on Sky TV in the UK.
New world champion and world number one (as of 1st Jan) Ramy
Ashour is missing through injury, but that still leave a
fantastic men's field, while Nicol David, fresh from
claiming her seventh World Open title in Grand Cayman, heads
the women's lineup.