PSA World Series Finals
3-1 Mohamed Elshorbagy
15/17, 11/7, 11/4, 11/5 (63m)
Ramy regains World Series title
Ashour won his second World Series Finals title with an
assured victory in the final against fellow Egyptian
Shorbagy, who had soundly beaten Ashour in their opening
best-of-three pool match, got the better of a high-quality
first game in which there was rarely more than a point
between them, Ashour led 10-8 but Shorbagy would not be
denied and took the lead 17-15 after 27 minutes of play.
Shorbagy led 5-2 in the second, but from then on his efforts
in the last two days seemed to catch up with him, while
Ashour stayed at the same high level and dominated the next
two and a half games.
“It was a brutal match and both of us were really hungry
to win that opening game and it’s credit to him that it went
his way,” said Ashour.
“He deserved to win that game and I had to come back with a
different plan from the second game and thankfully it
“I’m really, really proud to win such a prestigious event,”
added Ashour. “Everyone would love to win this event and I
really pushed myself and focused from the first point of the
week until the last point of the week which gives me a lot
of confidence mentally.
18-Mar, Semi-Finals :
Ramy Ashour 3-0 Gregory
13/11, 11/8, 11/7 (47m)
Mohamed Elshorbagy 3-2 Nick Matthew
9/11, 11/7, 11/6,
4/11, 11/3 (94m)
Ashour and Shorbagy set up
all-Egyptian final in Richmond
Egypt’s Ramy Ashour, who started the tournament
looking very tentative as he lost his first match in double
quick time, continued his improvement in for with a
tremendous victory over France’s Gregory Gaultier in the
first semi-final in Richmond.
The Frenchman started strongly, leading 6-1 and then 10-6 in
the first game, but Ashour started to find his best form,
and his best shots, as he stormed back to take the game
Gaultier was never out of it, but was now struggling to
contain Ashour’s exuberant play, and the Egyptian took the
next two games 11/8, 11/7 to claim his place in the final.
“I think when I can beat Greg in three straight games in
the form he has been in recently then I can say that I’m
almost back at my full potential,” said Ashour.
And it will be an All Egyptian final, as young
Mohamed Elshorbagy won a tough seesaw battle against the World Champion
and World number one Nick Matthew to reach his first WSSF
Matthew looked extremely good in the first game, and in the
fourth, but Shorbagy was brilliant in the second, and third!
The score in the decider doesn't reflect the intensity of
the match, but although Matthew won't be
happy to not have been able to restrain his young opponent,
perhaps it it came down to who wanted it the most on the day.
“I’m really happy to win today,” said Elshorbagy. “That’s
the second time in a row I have beaten him 3-2 and today it
was a very tough battle. I was really pleased with how I
started in the fifth game and I think I broke him down
Day Five Photos
Day Four Photos
Day Three Photos
Mon 17th, Day THREE
Nick Matthew 2-0 Borja Golan 11/8, 11/9 (36m)
Simon Rosner 2-0 Gregory Gaultier 13/11, 12/10 (30m)
1st Gaultier, 2nd Matthew, 3rd Rosner, 4th Golan
Mohamed Elshorbagy 2-0 James Willstrop
11/9, 11/7 (32m)
Ramy Ashour 2-0 Tarek Momen 11/6, 11/6 (20m)
1st Shorbagy, 2nd Ashour, 3rd Willstrop, 4th Momen
Day Three - Semi-finalists decided
The final round of group matches started with all eight
players still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
First up was world number one Nick Matthew against Borja
Golan with the Spaniard needing a win to stay in
contention. Golan made a good start, leading the first 8-5
but Matthew stepped up to take the lead 11-8, The second was
close all the way but again it was Matthew who finished the
stronger, taking the last two points from 9-all to finish
With Matthew on two wins and a 4-2 game difference it meant
that Golan and Simon Rosner were out, and not even a
surprise win for Rosner over Gregory Gaultier -
getting the better of two close games 13-11, 12-10 - could
deny the Englishman and Frenchman their place in the semis,
Gaultier topping the group on the basis of having beaten
No chance of a 'dead rubber' in Group B, where the winner of
each match will advance to the semi-finals.
In the first of those matches Mohamed Elshorbagy
trailed James Willstrop at the midway point of both
games, but the young Egyptian, who could so easily have
clinched his semi-final place last night, wasn’t to be
denied this time as he powered through to win 11/9, 11/7.
“I don’t think anyone can imagine how tough it was to
take that loss last night especially as I had match balls,”
said Elshorbagy. “I had played so well against Ramy in the
first match and I was playing well against Tarek so, it was
so tough to know that if I went wrong today I would have
gone out of the competition."
In the final match of the day Ramy Ashour, who
started the event with a comprehensive loss to Shorbagy,
continued his improved form to beat Tarek Momen 11/6,
11/5 in a quickfire match on the cooling Westwood Club
“The court conditions were cold tonight and it was very
rewarding because when you hit a good shot it just goes
right and I love playing on a cold court,” said Ashour.
In the semis it will be Ashour v Gaultier and
Shorbagy v Matthew.
Sun 16th, Day TWO:
Simon Rosner (W1) 2-1 Borja Golan (W0)
10/12, 11/6, 11/6 (60m)
Gregory Gaultier (W2) 2-0 Nick Matthew (W1)
11/7, 11/4 (35m)
Ramy Ashour (W1) 2-1
James Willstrop (W1)
7/11, 11/7, 12/10 (50m)
Tarek Momen (W1) 2-1
5/11, 17/15, 12/10
All still to play for in both groups
after Day Two in Richmond:
Day two of the World Series Finals in Richmond, with the
possibility of semi-final places being sealed, or for some a
last chance to stay in contention.
First up was Group A, with Simon Rosner and Borja Golan
both looking for their first win. In the longest match of
the event so far, Golan edged a close first game but Rosner
fought basck strongly to win 10/12, 116, 11/6.
Yesterday’s winners, Gregory Gaultier and Nick Matthew
were next, and after a hard-fought opening it was
Gaultier who seized the initiative at the end of a tough
first game and kept it going as he dominated the second to
move to the top of the group.
“It was a very tough first game," said Gaultier. "He was
always in front of me and I had to find a solution to that
which I did and I’m very happy to win.”
In the final round it’s Gaultier v Rosner and Matthew v
Golan with the possibility of a simple 3-2-1-0 wins, three
players ending up on two wins, Gaultier on three with all
the others on one, or .... let’s wait and see!
Ramy Ashour made sure that Group B remained tight as
he came from a game down to beat James Willstrop in
an entertaining 7/11, 11/7, 12/10 that could easily have
gone either way, the Egyptian playing much better and with
more confidence than yesterday, Willstrop doing nothing
wrong but falling just short with a couple of errors at the
Elshorbagy continued his sparkling form from yesterday
with an impressive 11/4 first game against Tarek Momen,
but Momen fought back from a 10/5 at the end of second,
saving eight match balls to level it 17/15. Momen saved one
more match ball at the end of a third game that went point
for point, eventually taking the win 12/10.
“I’ve never come back from that sort of deficit before
and it’s just unbelievable really,” said Momen.
Shorbagy next meets Willstrop with Ashour facing Momen, and
with all four players on one win the scenario is simple -
winners go through to the semis!
Day Two Photos
Day One Photos
Sat 15th, Day ONE:
Group A :
Gregory Gaultier 2-0 Borja Golan
11/4, 11/9 (42m)
Nick Matthew 2-0 Simon Rosner
11/7, 11/2 (30m)
Group B :
Mohamed Elshorbagy 2-0 Ramy Ashour
11/5, 11/5 (17m)
James Willstrop 2-0 Tarek Momen
11/8, 11/8 (40m)
Shorbagy shines on day one in Richmond
Day One of the World Series Finals in Richmond saw all eight
players in action in the first of three pool matches.
First up was Group A, where Gregory Gaultier and
Nick Matthew both won 2-0 to seize the early advantage.
Gaultier beat WSSF first-timer Borja Golan 11/4 11/9 and the
Frenchman was clearly delighted to get a measure of revenge
for his contentious defeat by the Spaniard in Qatar at the
end of last year.
Matthew faced Simon Rosner, in to replace
the injured Karim Darwish, and the world champion won with
increasing authority 11/5, 11/5.
Gaultier and Matthew meet tomorrow in a repeat of their
World Champs final, the winner almost certainly bagging
himself a place in the semi-finals, while Rosner and Golan
will know that the loser of their clash is probably out of
In Group B it was Mohamed Elshorbagy and James
Willstrop who set the early pace.
Shorbagy was in sparkling form, beating a slightly
out-of-sorts fellow-Egyptian Ramy Ashour 11/5, 11/5, while
Willstrop got the better of an entertaining match against
Tarek Momen - another first-timer in the event - coming from
1-6 down in the second to win 11/8, 11/8.
Tomorrow Willstrop - the only non-Egyptian in the group -
meets Ashour while Shorbagy plays Momen.
Series Finals set for US debut
The PSA has announced that the 2013 World Series Finals
will take place in Richmond, Virginia, USA from
March 15 – 19, 2014.
With the iconic
Tournament of Champions returning to New York in January
and Chicago’s Windy City Open joining the World
Series line-up in February, the World Series Finals will add
a further North American feel to the 2014 calendar.
The top eight players in the World will be hosted at the
luxurious Mobil 5 Star and AAA 5 Diamond rated Jefferson
Hotel before going head-to-head at Richmond’s
Westwood Club for the right to be crowned World Series
“Following on from the successful 2013 NAO, Pro Squash
Promotions are thrilled the PSA WSF's will be held here
in Richmond from March 15-19,” said Gus Cook and Dave
Maraghy, 2013 World Series Finals organisers.
“It is great to see the past 9 months of preparation and
continued support culminating in the opportunity to host
this most prestigious event featuring only the very best of
squash legend Jonathan Power, founder of 2013 World
Series Finals title sponsor Power Courts, said;
“I'm very excited to be in the position to sponsor and
give back to the sport that has given me so much.
“Since my retirement I've looked to grow the game in many
ways. Power Courts is a natural extension of that. One of
quality that I'm very proud of."
of the pinnacle events in the squash calendar, the World
Series Finals have been staged at London’s
Queens Club for the past
four years but the PSA have decided to take the
event ‘on the road’ to help increase global awareness of the
PSA World Series and PSA World Tour.
Sponsored by Power Courts, the 2013 World Series
Finals will be the first ever held on American soil with
Richmond extending their already long-standing association
with world class squash, having staged the
North American Open for the past
World Series Finals have enjoyed a superb few years at
London’s Queens Club but we felt that a change in schedule
for this event was necessary.
“The Finals have taken place in the UK since the mid-1990s
but with PSA World Tour events taking place in all corners
of the globe, we want to maximise on the international reach
“Richmond has a well-established reputation on the World
Series circuit as one of the best-run events, having grown
from Challenger level into one of the biggest events on the
circuit in recent years.
“Taking the pinnacle event in the World Series there is just
reward for the unwavering dedication to squash that has been
so evident in that area and is an example to all other
tournaments of what can be achieved.”
PSA Chief Executive
Tarek Ready for first appearance
Rosner replaces Darwish
Rosner in to replace
German national champion
Simon Rosner has replaced Karim Darwish in the
upcoming Power Courts World Series Finals after the Egyptian
was forced to withdraw from the event due to an ankle
Rosner will now compete in the event for the second time,
after making his debut during the 2012 World Series Finals,
and he’s looking forward to testing himself against the
world’s best players in the shorter, best-of-three format
when the event gets underway at the Westwood Club in
Richmond, Virginia on Saturday March 15.
Rosner goes into the World Series Finals in a rich vein of
form having beaten top ten players Borja Golan and Karim
Darwish in recent events as well as taking World No.2
Gregory Gaultier close on two occasions, something he’ll
hope to build on in Richmond.
really looking forward to playing in the World Series
"I played in it last year and it was an amazing
experience to play against the world’s top players every day
and I think the shorter match format suits my game a lot as
“You don’t get as tired as in
a best of 5 match so you have more energy for each game and
that allows you to play at your best.”
“My recent results have given
me a confidence boost of course because I have managed to
beat some of the top 10 players,” he said.
“I know I'm not too far off
those top ranked players and can actually beat them on a
good day, or at least make them work very hard for their
win! Hopefully I can continue that at the World Series
Momen aims to come out firing
Egyptian Tarek Momen says he is relishing the
opportunity of taking part in the Power Courts World Series
Finals in what will be his first ever appearance in the
annual showcase event.
The Cairo native, who reached a career high World No.10
ranking in 2013, will travel to Richmond, Virginia aiming to
come out firing on Saturday March 15 and ensure he makes the
Momen will be up against compatriots Ramy Ashour and Mohamed
Elshorbagy, the World No.3 and No.4, respectively, along
with England’s World No.5 James Willstrop in the group
stages, when the matches are played in a best of three games
very excited to play my first World Series Finals - it was a
goal that I set in my mind at the beginning of 2013.
“I wanted to play all World Series events and do well to
make the cut and I'm so glad I did eventually.
“The World Series Finals has its own unique atmosphere and
I'm guessing it has to do with the players feeling more
relaxed and more willing to entertain the audience.
“They're not playing for ranking points which relieves them
from an immense amount of pressure and helps them bring out
the best they've got so I’m really looking forward to it.
“To be selected among such a distinguished group of players
is a great honour for me and it's like a childhood dream
come true,” he said.
“I hope I can bring out my A-game to rise up to the
occasion, and I'm looking forward to seeing how well I can
play against these top players in a best of three format.
“I'm sure it'll be more challenging for me as I'm quite the
slow starter so I'll need to come out firing from the very
first point and we'll see how it goes.”