The world’s leading players from both the Men’s and Women’s Tours descend on Manchester this week as the AJ Bell PSA World Championships get under way from December 8 – 17.
Manchester will be only the second destination ever, and the first since Rotterdam in 2011, to host concurrent Men’s and Women’s World Championships.
Join us as we take a look back at some classic encounters from over the years.
2016 Women’s World Championship Final: Nour El Sherbini v Raneem El Welily
Nour El Sherbini was looking to capture her second successive World Championship crown, with her opponent and compatriot Raneem El Welily searching for her first after coming agonisingly close in previous years.
2016 Men’s World Championship Final: Karim Abdel Gawad v Ramy Ashour
Karim Abdel Gawad came up against three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour in last year’s final.
Ashour took the first game, would Gawad be able to battle back to take his first ever World Championship crown?
2015 Women’s World Championship Final: Nour El Sherbini v Laura Massaro
England’s Laura Massaro found herself 2-0 games up against Egypt’s El Sherbini in a repeat of the 2013 final.
However, the young Egyptian was not going to go down without a fight as she searched for her first World Championship title.
2014 Men’s World Championship Final: Ramy Ashour v Mohamed ElShorbagy
The 2014 World Championship final is an absolute classic.
In a repeat of 2012’s final, Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ramy Ashour demonstrated an outstanding standard of squash throughout an epic five-game encounter that has gone down in the annals of squash history.
2014 Women’s World Championship Final: Nicol David v Raneem El Welily
The 2014 World Championship in Cairo featured then World No.1 and seven-time World Champion Nicol David and El Welily, the latter of which was competing on home soil.
In one of the most dramatic World Championship finals of all time, El Welily looked destined to take the crown after amassing four match balls. Could David make a comeback?
2013 Men’s World Championship Final: Nick Matthew v Gregory Gaultier
The last time the tournament was held in Manchester in 2013 saw England’s Nick Matthew and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier go to battle in the final in front of a packed crowd at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.
With twists and turns aplenty, this gruelling final was a superb spectacle and went all the way to five games.
2013 Women’s World Championship Final: Laura Massaro v Nour El Sherbini
Unseeded teenager El Sherbini had caused one of the biggest shocks in World Championship history just a day previously with a stunning victory over David, while Massaro was appearing in her second successive final after losing out to the Malaysian the year before.
Both players were bidding to become World Champion for the first time in their careers in an engaging and exciting affair.
2009 Men’s World Championship Final: Amr Shabana v Ramy Ashour
Egyptian legend Amr Shabana took on defending champion Ashour in this exciting World Championship final.
The match was played at a relentless pace from start to finish, with ‘The Maestro’ and ‘The Artist’ facing off in an absorbing contest.