PSA World Championships: Classic Encounters

128 of the world’s leading players will descend on Chicago this week for the 2022-2023 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family.

The tournament will be played across two venues, with the action split between Union Station and the University Club of Chicago.

Over the years, there have been some amazing matches at the World Championships, which have taken place in Manchester, Qatar, Malaysia, The Netherlands and in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Join us as we take a look back at some classic encounters from over the years.

2021-2022 Men’s World Championship Semi-Finals: Paul Coll v Mohamed ElShorbagy

The first men’s semi-final was an epic, with current World No.1 Paul Coll taking on former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

The pair did battle for more than 100 minutes at the Egyptian National Museum of Civilization in Cairo, but who would come out on top?

2020-2021 Men’s World Championship Semi-Finals: Ali Farag v Tarek Momen

In 2019, Egypt’s Ali Farag and Tarek Momen had done battle on the biggest stage of them, the PSA World Championships final.

In the same city two years later, the Egyptian duo did battle once more, this time for a place in the 2020-2021 final. Would Farag keep his record in Chicago at the top level? Or could defending champion Momen reach a third consecutive World Championship final?

2019-2020 Women’s World Championship Quarter Finals: Camille Serme v Hania El Hammamy

This was just one of many great battles that Hania El Hammamy and Camille Serme would have over a two year period.

Could Serme keep the young prodigy at bay? Or would El Hammamy, the No.14 seed for the World Championships, make her breakthrough on the biggest stage?

2018-2019 Women’s World Championship Semi-Finals: Raneem El Welily v Nour El Tayeb and Camille Serme v Nour El Sherbini

Both of the semi-finals from the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships were five-game epics, lasting around an hour.

The first clash saw Raneem El Welily take on Nour El Tayeb, with the World No.1 aiming to make a second straight final. The ‘Black Widow’, on the other hand, was looking to reach a first World Championship final.

The second semi-final saw Camille Serme take on Nour El Sherbini. The Frenchwoman was aiming to reach her first World Championship final, while the ‘Warrior Princess’ was on course for a third title.

Would it be the top two seeds who made it through, or could either El Tayeb or Serme cause a shock?

2017 Men’s World Championship Final: Mohamed ElShorbagy v Marwan ElShorbagy

The 2017 World Championship final was a battle between the two brothers, who were both at the top of their game. Would it be Mohamed or Marwan that came out on top in Manchester?

2015 Women’s World Championship Final: Laura Massaro v Nour El Sherbini

In a rematch of the 2013 final, Laura Massaro and Nour El Sherbini faced off, with the Egyptian looking for revenge over the former World No.1.

Would El Sherbini become the first Egyptian woman to win the title, or could Massaro claim a second crown?

2014 Men’s World Championship Final: Ramy Ashour v Mohamed ElShorbagy

In a repeat of 2012’s final, Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ramy Ashour demonstrated an outstanding standard of squash throughout an epic five-game encounter that has gone down in the annals of squash history.

2014 Women’s World Championship Final: Nicol David v Raneem El Welily

Nicol David came into the 2014 final looking for a record eighth World Championship title. Raneem El Welily was looking to become the first Egyptian to win the World crown…

2013 Men’s World Championship Final: Nick Matthew v Gregory Gaultier

The 2013 final saw England’s Nick Matthew and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier go to battle in the final in front of a packed crowd at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

With twists and turns aplenty, this gruelling final was a superb spectacle and went all the way to five games.

2009 Men’s World Championship Final: Ramy Ashour v Amr Shabana

Egyptian legend Amr Shabana took on defending champion Ashour in this exciting World Championship final.

The match was played at a relentless pace from start to finish, with ‘The Maestro’ and ‘The Artist’ facing off in an absorbing contest.

PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family

The PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family will take place May 3-11 with play split between Union Station and the University Club of Chicago. Live action from round one will be shown on the tournament website while RD2 onwards will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

Tickets for the event are available to purchase here.

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