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Nour El Tayeb (left) after her quarter-final victory over Nour El Sherbini (right) during the 2018 Windy City Open

Six Players Qualify for PSA World Series Finals

Nour El Tayeb, Raneem El Welily, Joelle King, Tarek Momen, Simon Rösner and Marwan ElShorbagy have all booked their places in June’s PSA World Series Finals after guaranteeing themselves a top eight berth on the PSA World Series Standings.

Only the top eight players on the PSA World Series Standings will qualify for June’s PSA World Series and points for the standings are on offer at all World Series tournaments throughout the 2017/18 season.

Egypt’s World No.3 El Tayeb claimed a second World Series title at the Windy City Open last week, giving her the maximum 100 points on offer as she moved up to second on the PSA Women’s World Series Standings with 320 points, 30 points behind current leader Nour El Sherbini, who had already qualified before the tournament.

World Champion El Welily – who has reached the finals of the U.S. Open, Hong Kong Open and Saudi PSA Women’s Masters so far this season – sits third, 60 points behind El Tayeb, but her semi-final finish in Chicago last week is enough to see her qualify.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s King, who beat El Welily to reach a maiden World Series final in Chicago, has also qualified and the 29-year-old will make her first ever appearance at the World Series Finals in June.

France’s Camille Serme, defending champion Laura Massaro, Egypt’s Nouran Gohar and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry complete the top eight on the women’s standings, while two-time winner Nicol David currently sits 15 points behind Perry and, with only two World Series tournaments remaining this season, has a real fight on her hands to qualify.

A semi-final finish for men’s World No.6 Momen in Chicago sees him overtake Tournament of Champions winner Rösner to join compatriots Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag in qualifying, ensuring all-Egyptian top threes on both the men’s and women’s standings.

Rösner drops down to fourth, with 45 points separating him and Windy City Open runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy in fifth and both of those players have guaranteed their participation at the World Series Finals

2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, three-time World Champion Nick Matthew and three-time World Series Finals winner Gregory Gaultier take up the rest of the spots inside the top eight.

All three players sit on 105 points, while World No.3 Omar Mosaad sits in ninth, 20 points behind.

The battle for points on the PSA World Series Standings continues next month at the El Gouna International between April 20-27 and action from the tournament will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while mainstream broadcasters such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro will show live coverage of the semi-finals and finals.

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