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Tournament of Champions: Classic Encounters

There are just two days until the iconic J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions gets under way in New York’s Grand Central Terminal, with the iconic event – which takes place between January 18 – 25 – offering up crucial points for the PSA World Series Finals Standings.

To get in the mood, check out some of the greatest matches of the tournament’s recent history below.

2017 Men’s Tournament of Champions Semi-Final: Gregory Gaultier v Mohamed ElShorbagy

This was a match that had it all.

The Frenchman strutted around court with style during the first two games as he dominated proceedings before a pivotal decision from the video referee in the third saw him capitulate as ElShorbagy pounced.

An injury break, complaints from ElShorbagy and much more followed as the match drew to an epic conclusion much to the delight of the crowd inside Grand Central Terminal.

2017 Women’s Tournament of Champions Quarter-Finals: Sarah-Jane Perry v Raneem El Welily

England’s Sarah-Jane Perry had halted home favourite Amanda Sobhy to secure an unexpected berth in the last eight of the tournament – but faced an even tougher task to reach her first ever PSA World Series tournament semi-final in the form of 2015 event winner Raneem El Welily.

2017 Men’s Tournament of Champions Round Two: James Willstrop v Nick Matthew

James Willstrop hadn’t beaten compatriot Nick Matthew in 19 consecutive PSA attempts – spanning over a decade – when they clashed in the second round of last year’s Tournament of Champions.

And with Matthew reaching the latter stages of both the U.S. Open and Qatar Classic during the season, could that streak end in New York?

2016 Women’s Tournament of Champions Quarter-Final: Nouran Gohar v Laura Massaro

Then-World No.2 Nouran Gohar had been making waves in the build up to the 2016 Tournament of Champions after defeating the likes of Malaysian icon and eight-time World Champion Nicol David and Frenchwoman Camille Serme in the latter stages of 2015.

The teenager – then 18-years-old – was up against England’s Laura Massaro as she aimed to reach a first ever World Series semi-final, while Massaro was appearing in her first tournament since claiming the World No.1 spot in the January 2016 World Rankings.

2015 Women’s Tournament of Champions Semi-Final: Alison Waters v Nour El Sherbini

After stunning defending champion and then World No.1 David in the last eight, Alison Waters took on the dangerous El Sherbini for a place in the showpiece finale.

A strong start from the young Egyptian saw her take a one-game lead, leaving Waters up against it as she looked to reach the final of the distinguished tournament for the first time.

2013 Men’s Tournament of Champions Final: Ramy Ashour v Gregory Gaultier

Arguably the greatest Tournament of Champions final in recent history, reigning World Champion Ramy Ashour took on Gregory Gaultier in his eighth consecutive PSA World Tour final.

The New York-based Egyptian was in the midst of a sensational 25-match unbeaten run and stunned the watching crowd with some outrageous squash.

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