Another incredible season on the PSA World Tour drew to a close last month with Nour El Sherbini and Mostafa Asal capturing the CIB PSA World Tour Finals titles in Cairo.
We'll be looking back at all the major events of the 2021/22 season including highlighting the Outstanding Performers from the season.
This is part two of the Outstanding Performers run down as we look at the remaining four players including the men's US Open champion, Qatar Classic Champion and the women's British Open champion.
World Ranking: #3
US Open, El Gouna International, CIB PSA World Tour Finals
Win Percentage: 77%
Another player entering the new season with bags of confidence was ‘The Raging Bull’ Mostafa Asal. The 20-year-old claimed the biggest title of his career at the end of last season, winning the PSA World Tour Finals.
After losing to Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng in his opening match of the season, Asal showed his class in two events in the USA as he lost out in the semi-finals of the Oracle NetSuite Open in a close match to World No.1 Ali Farag. Then claimed his first Platinum event, winning the US Open in Philadelphia, spending a huge 416 minutes on court beating Paul Coll, Diego Elias & Tarek Momen en route to the title.
Asal then repeated his US Open final win against Momen in the Qatar Qterminals Classic quarter final, but would then lose out to Paul Coll 3-0 in the semi-final. Either side of the new year Asal lost two close semi-final battles with Ali Farag 3-2 at the CIB Squash Open Black Ball 2021 and the Houston Open 2022.
After a suspension, Asal returned with a bang at the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic, spending a massive 316 minutes on court as he beat Joel Makin and Diego Elias on his way to losing out in the final to Fares Dessouky. Asal continued his good form in the UK as he made the semi-finals of the British Open for the second year in a row.
Asal’s last three tournaments of the season came in Egypt as he looked to finish the season on a high. He moved through to the quarter finals without dropping a game and after beating Diego Elias, he lost out in the final four to Ali Farag.
Asal then produced the best finish possible to the season as he picked up both titles in the last two events of the year. He reached the semi-finals of both events in strong style, and defeated World No.1 Ali Farag on both occasions. New Zealand’s Paul Coll was Asal’s opponent in both finals and the 21-year-old impressively defeated the Kiwi both times 3-0 to capture his first El Gouna International title and defend his CIB PSA World Tour Finals title.
Hania El Hammamy
Hania El Hammamy
World Ranking: #3
2021-22 Honours: El Gouna International, Allam British Open
Win Percentage: 76.9%
Reigning CIB PSA World Tour Finals Champion Hania El Hammamy started slowly for her high standards at the start of the 2021/22 season losing in the quarter finals of her opening two events.
She then went on a run of three runner-up finishes, losing out to Nouran Gohar twice and Nour El Sherbini.
El Hammamy claimed two titles during the season, the first coming at the prestigious Allam British Open as she stormed through the draw to square up against World No.1 Nouran Gohar in the final yet again. El Hammamy produced a battling performance to take the title and end a 17 match unbeaten streak that Gohar had on the PSA World Tour.
After losing out to Nour El Tayeb in the quarter finals at the CIB PSA World Championships, El Hammamy returned to winning ways at the El Gouna International in April. The 21-year-old defeated World Champion Nour El Sherbini in the semi-finals to advance to the final. Nouran Gohar was her opponent and ran out to a confident 2-0 lead in the final. El Hammamy battled back in the feisty affair to complete the comeback and take the title.
World Ranking: #4
Qatar Q Terminals Classic, The Sturbridge Capital Motor City Open 2022, Necker Mauritius Open
Win Percentage: 77%
The 2021/22 season started well for the ‘Peruvian Puma’ Diego Elias, he reached the semi-finals of the US Open in Philadelphia and the Canary Wharf Classic losing out to both eventual event winners Mostafa Asal and Paul Coll.
Elias’ highlight of the season was sandwiched between these two events at the Qatar Terminals Classic as the then 25-year-old picked up his first Platinum event title. Elias survived a third-round scare against Gregoire Marche, as he recovered from 2-0 down to move into the quarter finals. He then beat European duo Raphael Kandra and Joel Makin to make his way into his first Platinum event final. Good friend and World No.3 Paul Coll stood between him and the title, but after 83 minutes Elias had his hands on the coveted title.
2022 started well for Elias as he overcame Paul Coll again in the Motor City Open Silver event semi-final and then defeated Egypt’s Fares Dessouky 3-0 in the final.
After a disappointing Windy City Open, a run of three events in the UK would bring mixed results for the Peruvian as he reached the final of the Optasia Championships, losing to Ali Farag. He was then a losing semi-finalist at the second Canary Wharf Classic of the season, before losing in the Allam British Open quarter finals to eventual champion Paul Coll.
Another final appearance was next up for Elias as he lost out again to Ali Farag at the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York. Elias then lost out to Mostafa Asal twice in consecutive tournaments in the quarter finals of the CIB PSA World Championships and the El Gouna International.
A final title of the season came for the World No.5 at the inaugural Necker Mauritius Open as he impressively won the PSA World Tour Gold event without dropping a game, beating World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final.
World Ranking: #4
2021-22 Honours: NetSuite Open
Win Percentage: 69.4%
The USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy came out to a strong start in the opening tournaments of the 2021/22 season, she reached the semi-final of the first Platinum event of the season, the Egyptian Open, losing out to eventual winner Nouran Gohar.
Her only title of the season came in the second World Tour event on the calendar, the Oracle NetSuite Open. Sobhy impressively didn’t drop a game en route to the title, beating Tesni Evans, Sarah-Jane Perry and Salma Hany.
Sobhy’s next three events would also be on home soil as she failed to meet her seeding requirements, losing out twice to USA teammate Olivia Fiechter in the US Open and Cincinnati Gaynor Cup. She then lost out to New Zealand’s Joelle King in the last eight at the Windy City Open and the CIB Black Ball Open.
Excluding the El Gouna International, the season would finish strongly for Sobhy. The 28-year-old reached the semi-finals of the Allam British Open, CIB PSA World Championships and CIB PSA World Tour Finals. With a runner-up appearance at an event close to the heart of Sobhy, the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions.
Due to this strong finish to the season, the USA No.1 would finish the season just one spot off her highest world ranking as World No.4.