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Laura Massaro takes on Raneem El Welily at last year's final

Throwback Thursday: Story of 2016 Women’s Dubai World Series Finals

There is less than one week to go until the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals – where the world’s greatest players will battle it out at Dubai Opera for the prestigious title and a share of the $160,000 prize fund between June 6 – 10.

Featuring only the top eight players who qualified on the PSA Road to Dubai Standings, from both the Men’s and Women’s Tour, the World Series Finals showcases the best of what the PSA World Tour has to offer across five days of world-class action.

To get you in the mood for what promises to be a thrilling week of action, we’re looking back at last year’s fascinating Women’s Dubai World Series Finals.

Day One Results
Group A
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 2-0: 11-7, 13-11 (33m)
[3] Nicol David (MAS) bt [8] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 2-0: 11-6, 13-11 (26m)

Group B
[7] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 2-0: 11-9, 13-11 (23m)
[4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 2-0: 12-10, 17-15 (29m)

On the first day it was an all Egyptian clash between former and current World No.1 as Raneem El Welily and Nour El Sherbini took to the court.

It was an explosive battle between the two with El Welily taking the spoils after a tight contest.

Only two points separated the two in the first as El Welily took a tight tie-break 12-10 and then managed to secure the win with another intense tie-break in the second game.

England’s Laura Massaro was also in fine form as she saw off Egypt’s Nouran Gohar in just over 30 minutes to get her World Series Finals campaign off to a winning start.

Massaro’s steely determination prevailed as she used her experience to counter Gohar’s relentless hard-hitting style to come through in two games.

Day Two Results

Group A
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [3] Nicol David (MAS) 2-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (49m)
[8] Amanda Sobhy (USA)bt [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 2-1: 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)

Group B
[4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [7] Camille Serme (FRA) 2-1: 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 (41m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 2-0: 11-4, 11-8 (15m)

One of the longest running rivalries on the Women’s Tour was re-ignited when Laura Massaro and Nicol David met in the second round of the World Series Finals.

The duo produced a performance that lived up to their historic battles in the past with a climactic 49-minute battle.

Massaro took the first game before an unrelenting David evened up the scores. The third saw both players increase the intensity further, with Massaro ultimately sealing the victory.

Meanwhile, Nour El Sherbini kept her title hopes alive with a second day win over Omneya Abdel Kawy.

The World No.1 produced a dominant display to comfortably see off her compatriot in just 15 minutes.

Day Three Results

Group A
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [8] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 2-0: 13-11, 11-9 (31m)
[3] Nicol David (MAS) bt [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 2-0: 11-7, 11-9 (30m)

Group B
[4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 2-0: 15-13, 11-9 (20m)
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Camille Serme (FRA) 2-0: 11-4, 11-6 (20m)

In the final round-robin contest, Massaro continued to show her dominance as she defeated USA’s Amanda Sobhy 2-0.

Both players went into the contest with everything to play, for with Sobhy needing a win to stake a claim for a semi-final spot and Massaro needing at least one game to secure her place.

Massaro was in control for the main part, but a huge fightback from Sobhy saw her reel off a succession of points to level the game at 10-10. The tie-break went back and forth before Massaro eventually closed out the first game and went onto win the game and seal her place in the semi-finals.

Egyptian El Welily also produced an impressive performance as she completed a clean sweep of victories in Group B to book her place in the semi-finals.

El Welily kept up her hot run of form with victory over Omneya Abdel Kawy on day three as she came through in two games.

Semi-final Results
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 2-0: 12-10, 11-6 (31m)
[4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [3] Nicol David (MAS) 2-1: 11-5, 8-11, 11-8 (36m)

In the women’s semi-final, it was the number one and two seeds, Massaro and El Sherbini, that faced off against each other for a place in the final with Massaro recording an impressive 2-0 win over the Egyptian.

The duo matched each other point for point throughout a series of intense rallies before England’s Massaro clinched her place in the title decider.

In the other semi-final it was El Welily who continued her impressive run of form with victory over two-time World Series Finals champion David to join Massaro in the final.

The Egyptian set the pace in the opening game, before David responded in style to come back and claim the second but it was El Welily who stood firm to claim victory and a place in final.

Final Result
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [4] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 11-5 (62m)

Massaro and El Welily faced each other in a dramatic five-game thriller in the final of the PSA World Series Finals with England’s Massaro claiming the title.

The duo went the distance over five games, with the momentum swinging back and forth between the pair with Massaro coming from behind twice to seal the season-ending title.

“I never feel that you really have a plan when you play Raneem,” said Massaro.

“I feel like it’s whether she’s on fire or not, and I’m just running around to keep the ball in play.

“But I’m so pleased with my form all week. It was really tough coming off the back of a loss at the World Championship and it was a big effort to keep training after that. I’m just so pleased that it’s paid off – you through so much pain and hard work as a squash player. Moments like this make it all worth it.”

The PSA Dubai World Series Finals takes place from June 6-10, 2017 with the tournament match schedule to be announced on Monday June 5. All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

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