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Ali Farag (left) Nour El Tayeb (right) with their U.S. Open titles

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2017 – Part Two

Following on from part one of our review of the year, we take a look back at the second half of 2017.

Check out part one here.

Ashour returns from injury to win China Open

Egypt’s former World No.1 Ramy Ashour and Women’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini claimed the honours at the 2017 J.P. Morgan China Open, prevailing in two all-Egyptian title-deciders to take the first major honours of the 2017/18 PSA World Tour season.

Ashour – who had struggled with injury towards the end of the 2016/17 season – looked back to his best as he saw off tournament top seed and compatriot Ali Farag to take the title. Whilst, in the women’s event El Sherbini saw off compatriot Nouran Gohar in straight games to seal her first title win of the season.

Matthew Announces Retirement Plans

England’s three-time World Champion and former World No.1 Nick Matthew announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2017/18 season.

ElShorbagy and Perry Lift Oracle NetSuite Open Titles

Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry lifted the Men’s and Women’s Oracle NetSuite Open, respectively, back in October.

ElShorbagy looked like a man back in form as he begun the new campaign in style with victory over then-World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in straight games.

For Perry, she had to overcome Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David in the final, which she managed in a thrilling five-game encounter, which saw her come from 2-0 down to win and claim her biggest title.

Farag and El Tayeb Make History at U.S. Open

Egyptian couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb wrote their names into the history books as they triumphed at the 2017 U.S. Open to become the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.

The duo – who married last year – defied the odds to defeat higher seeded and higher ranking opposition to secure the titles, the first PSA World Series titles of both of their careers.

ElShorbagy Captures Qatar Classic Title

ElShorbagy continued his impressive run of form that has seen him reach the final of every tournament his has played in during the 2017/18 season as he added his third Qatar Classic title of his career to his collection.

The Egyptian came up against compatriot and surprise finalist Tarek Momen in the final and claimed a 3-1 victory.

ElShorbagy and El Sherbini Claim Hong Kong Open Titles

ElShorbagy and El Sherbini triumphed in Hong Kong at the final World Series event of the year.

The Egyptians ensured the Hong Kong Open titles remained in Egyptian hands after they beat compatriots Farag and El Welily, respectively.

El Welily and ElShorbagy Claim World Championship Titles

Egyptian duo Raneem El Welily and Mohamed ElShorbagy claimed the Women’s and Men’s World Championship titles, respectively, as they triumphed in Manchester.

For both it proved to be third time lucky, as the two players had finished runner-up on two previous occasions, however, the duo put on a superb display in the finals to secure the sport’s most prestigious title at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

World No.2 ElShorbagy faced his younger brother Marwan in the final in what was the first time two brothers had contested the final of the iconic tournament in its 41-year history.

A nail biting encounter went all the way down to the wire, until 26-year-old Mohamed fired off seven successive points from 6-4 down in the decider to capture the biggest title in squash.

Meanwhile, El Welily came from a game down against Nour El Sherbini – in a repeat of April’s final – as she claimed the first World Championship title of her career.

The past 12 months have been some of the most memorable in history of the PSA World Tour, and 2018 looks set to be even better as the sport continues to flourish.

We hope you can join us but, in the meantime, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the PSA World Tour team.

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