PSA top eight decided for Queen’s

The all-star men’s field for the ATCO PSA World Series Squash Finals is complete after Englishman Peter Barker and Egypt’s Mohamed El Shorbagy became the last two players to qualify for the elite event being held at The Queen’s Club in London from 2-6 January 2013.

Only the best eight performers from the 2012 PSA World Series events qualify to play in the Tour’s flagship event in London. This year’s men’s field will feature three Englishmen – including the world’s top two players James Willstrop and Nick Matthew – plus four Egyptians and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier.

Ramy Ashour, the 25-year-old from Cairo who prevailed in last week’s all-Egyptian final of the Qatar PSA World Championship in Doha, the final World Series event of the year, heads the field after winning his fourth World Series event of 2012.

Runner-up El Shorbagy joins Ashour and compatriots Karim Darwish and Amr Shabana in the Egyptian quartet at Queen’s. Former world number one Shabana, the title-holder, will be making his ninth successive appearance in the event since 2004.

The eight men, and eight women who qualify for the WSA World Series Finals, w
ill compete on a special, state-of-the-art Z-Court through the week – before an action-packed weekend featuring the men’s and women’s semi-finals and final. Sky Sports will be televising the semi-finals and finals live.

Final 2012 Dunlop PSA World Series Standings:

Position (Prev) Total
1 1 Ramy Ashour (EGY) 530
2 2 James Willstrop (ENG) 415
3 3 Nick Matthew (ENG) 400
4 4 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 245
5 7 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 180
6= 5 Karim Darwish (EGY) 165
6= 5 Amr Shabana (EGY) 165
8 7 Peter Barker (ENG) 130
9= 9 Simon Rosner (GER) 95
9= 9 Adrian Grant (ENG) 95
9= 11 Daryl Selby (ENG) 95
9= 11 Cameron Pilley (AUS) 95
13 15 Borja Golan (ESP) 90
14 13 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 85
15 15 Saurav Ghosal (IND) 80
16= 14 Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 75
16= 17 Alister Walker (BOT) 75
16= 17 Tarek Momen (EGY) 75
19= 17 Tom Richards (ENG) 65
19= 17 Olli Tuominen (FIN) 65
19= 21 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 65
19= 21 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 65

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