The fifth stage on the 2016/17 Road to Dubai takes place in Chicago between February 23 – March 1, with the the Windy City Open presented by Guggenheim Partners & EquiTrust Life Insurance Company being the latest tournament to offer vital points for the PSA Road to Dubai Standings.
Only the top eight players on the PSA Road to Dubai Standings will qualify for a coveted berth at the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals, which takes place in June.
After their title-winning exploits at last month’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, it is World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad and World No.2 Camille Serme who lead the Men’s and Women’s standings, respectively.
The 2017 instalment of the Windy City Open looks set to be the most dramatic edition of the tournament yet – so get in the mood by reliving some of the greatest matches held at the University Club of Chicago in recent years.
2016 Men’s Windy City Open Second Round – Nick Matthew v Borja Golan
Spanish former World No.5 Borja Golan was on red-hot form at the start of his second round encounter with defending champion Nick Matthew, storming into a two-game lead to leave ‘The Wolf’ with plenty to do to keep his title defence alive.
2016 Women’s Windy City Open Quarter-Final – Camille Serme v Amanda Sobhy
France’s Serme went up against United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in this exciting five-game thriller, with an electrifying battle taking place in front of captivated supporters at the University Club of Chicago.
2015 Men’s Windy City Open Final: Nick Matthew v Mohamed Elshorbagy
The 2015 final was a clash between a former World No.1, Matthew, against the current World No.1, Mohamed ElShorbagy.
This fascinating spectacle was the latest instalment of one of the most fierce rivalries on the PSA World Tour to date, with Matthew aiming to make history as he looked to overtake Egyptian legend Amr Shabana to become the oldest ever World Series title winner.
2015 Women’s Windy City Open Final: Raneem El Welily v Nicol David
Egyptian shot-making sensation Raneem El Welily headed into this final encounter against Malaysian superstar Nicol David having been eliminated by the then-World No.1 in four of her last five tournaments, which included a World Championship final defeat where she squandered four match balls.
With David 17-3 up on the head-to-head record between the two, the odds were against El Welily as she looked to capture her biggest ever PSA World Tour title.
2015 Men’s Windy City Open Quarter-Final: Karim Abdel Gawad v Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Current World No.3 Gawad was ranked just inside the world’s top 20 players coming into this fixture against the ‘Colombian Cannonball’, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who had made history just the previous month by becoming the first South American player to reach the semi-final of a World Series event.
An enthralling match played out in front of a packed crowd, with a range of energy-sapping rallies and inch-perfect winners bringing the gathered spectators to their feet in appreciation.
2014 Women’s Windy City Open Final: Laura Massaro v Raneem El Welily
The top two seeds went head-to-head in this five-game battle with England’s Laura Massaro and Egypt’s El Welily being ranked second and third in the world, respectively.
Both players were making their Windy City Open bow as the tournament returned to the PSA World Tour calendar following a two-year hiatus.
2014 Men’s Windy City Open Semi-Final: Gregory Gaultier v Mohamed Elshorbagy
This matchup between 2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier and ElShorbagy showcased both players’ physical attributes in a fascinating battle.
With a maiden Windy City Open final appearance up for grabs for both players, they went hell for leather in a bid to find the breakthrough.