The 2022-23 PSA World Championships Presented by the Walter Family gets underway tomorrow from Chicago, USA with 128 players looking to capture the biggest title in professional squash.
Five former World Champions, seven former World No.1s and 21 different nationalities will feature in the men’s draw as recent British Open winner Ali Farag will look to hold off strong challenges from new World No.1 Diego Elias, ‘The Beast’ Mohamed ElShorbagy and the returning young gun Mostafa Asal to defend his title. Ali Farag – the hunt for three in a row
Nour El Sherbini will return to the summit of the PSA rankings mid-way through the tournament on 8 May but will look to cement that place by picking up a seventh World Championship title and move her to just one behind all-time holder Nicol David. Nour El Sherbini – World Championship expert
El Sherbini will have strong opposition as compatriots Nouran Gohar and Hania El Hammamy will surely mount serious challenged to capture their first World titles. Gohar will be desperate to regain her place at the top of the rankings and having lost in the last two World Championship finals to El Sherbini, she will be out for revenge. El Hammamy hasn’t been in the best form of late but you can never discount the chances of the fiery Egyptian as she is more than capable of putting together a perfect week to become World Champion for the first time.
There are 11 home players in both draws who will all be looking to draw on the Chicago support to do well in the biggest event on the PSA calendar. World No.5 Amanda Sobhy leads the way for the women as he will be looking to turn her recent good form into a week worthy of remembering. Shahjahan Khan is the top-ranked American in the men’s draw and will be hopeful of scoring an upset in round one to progress. Amanda Sobhy – Gunning for Glory
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