Draws Released for PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family
The draws for the 2020-21 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family have been announced, with top seeds Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini finding out who stands between them and the coveted trophies at Chicago’s University Club of Chicago between July 14-22.
128 of the world’s leading male and female squash players will do battle in Chicago, where $1,000,000 of total player compensation – split equally between the men’s and women’s events – will be on the line for the second time in the sport’s history.
Farag and El Sherbini took the honours in Chicago during the 2018-19 season when Union Station hosted the PSA World Championships. To kick things off Farag, the men’s World No.1, will come up against local player Faraz Khan, who qualified for the World Championships following his win at the US Wildcard play off event earlier this month.
Reigning World Champion Tarek Momen is drawn on the same side as Farag and gets under way against England’s Tom Richards. 2017 runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy and Peru’s two-time World Junior Champion Diego Elias are also involved on the top half of the draw.
2017 World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy is seeded at No.2 and will get under way against Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip. His path to the final is littered with strong opposition, such as Wales’ Joel Makin, compatriot Fares Dessouky and New Zealand’s Paul Coll, all of whom he beat en route to the El Gouna International title last month.
The highest ranked USA player in the men’s draw is World No.45 Todd Harrity and he takes on Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann in round one.
Whilst Farag, ElShorbagy Momen, Karim Abdel Gawad and Gregory Gaultier make up the list of current or former World Champions in the men’s event, El Sherbini stands alone as the only player in the women’s draw to get her hands on the sport’s biggest prize.
The Egyptian already has four World Championships under her belt at the age of 25 and she will take on USA’s Haley Mendez in round one as she begins her efforts to add to that tally.
England’s Sarah-Jane Perry and compatriot Hania El Hammamy are seeded on El Sherbini’s half of the draw, while World No.2 Nouran Gohar features on the other side and she could face the likes of New Zealand’s Joelle King and France’s Camille Serme.
The women’s draw boasts seven USA players, with World No.5 Amanda Sobhy leading the field. The 27-year-old from Boston plays England’s Jasmine Hutton in round one and features alongside national teammates Olivia Clyne and Olivia Fiechter, younger sister Sabrina, Mendez, and Darien-based sisters Marina and Lucie Stefanoni, the latter of whom qualifies after reaching the US Wildcard play off final.