World Champion Nour El Sherbini and France’s Camille Serme are seeded to meet in the final of the inaugural Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters after the main draw for the World Series tournament was released today (November 7).
The Saudi Women’s Masters is set to be the first women’s professional squash tournament to take place in Saudi Arabia and will be held between November 26 – December 1 in Riyadh.
It will be the third women’s World Series tournament of the 2017/18 season, following the U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management and the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, and El Sherbini stars in a strong draw that sees her seeded to meet compatriot and World No.5 Nouran Gohar in the last four.
Number two seed Camille Serme is also involved and she is seeded to meet eight-time World Champion Nicol David in the quarter-finals. Serme, who will meet a yet to be confirmed wildcard in round one, has never beaten the Malaysian legend in 16 previous attempts but she will need to break that unwanted streak if she is to play to her seeding, with World No.2 Raneem El Welily seeded to meet the winner in the semi-finals.
In addition to the lucrative $165,000 prize fund up for grabs, the world’s top players will also be battling for points on the PSA World Series Standings.
After her victory over Raneem El Welily in the final of the U.S. Open, Egyptian World No.8 Nour El Tayeb currently heads up the standings and every point will be vital as players bid to earn a top eight berth by the end of the season to qualify for June’s lucrative PSA World Series Finals.
2017 Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters – Main Draw
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Coline Aumard (FRA)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v  Donna Urquhart (AUS)
 Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
Heba El Torky (EGY) v  Alison Waters (ENG)
 Annie Au (HKG) v Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) v  Joelle King (NZL)
 Victoria Lust (ENG) v Nadine Shahin (ENG)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY)
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) v Nele Gilis (BEL)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v  Olivia Blatchford (USA)
 Tesni Evans (WAL) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Joey Chan (HKG) v  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
 Nicol David (MAS) v Mayar Hany (EGY)
Samantha Cornett (CAN) v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
[WC] TBC v  Camille Serme (FRA)