Switzerland’s World No.74 Dimitri Steinmann and Australia’s World No.44 Christine Nunn have both qualified for the 2018/19 PSA World Championships in Chicago after winning the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, at the Roberts & Morrow North Coast Open.
Both players were seeded at the top of their respective draws as they completed impressive wins to ensure their place at the coveted PSA World Championships which will take place in Chicago in February and will become the first tournament in professional squash to offer a prize purse of $1 million.
Steinmann defeated number two seed New Zealand’s World No.94 Evan Williams as the two faced each other in their second successive PSA final with Steinmann coming out on top once again as he came from a game down to win 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 in 47 minutes.
Following his win, Steinmann said: “It’s always tough playing Evan, but I have enjoyed my squash here this week. It’s exciting to get the win and I’m looking forward to Chicago in February.”
Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, Nunn showed the form that has seen her claim five PSA titles in her last seven tournaments prior to the North Coast Open as she defeated compatriot and World No.60 Sarah Cardwell in a thrilling five-game final.
Nunn took a 2-0 lead before Cardwell fought back and levelled the scores up, however, Nunn remained composed and was able to complete an 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-7 victory to book her place in Chicago next year.
Following her win, the 27-year-old said: “Obviously I’m really happy to pinch the win today. Sarah was hitting really nice lines and putting me under a lot of pressure – in the end, I was just thinking about volleying as much as I could.
“I’m off to China for the World Team Championships on Friday so I’m feeling good heading into that.
“Thanks to the Saxby family for hosting yet another fantastic event!”
 Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt  Evan Williams (NZL) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (47m)
 Christine Nunn (AUS) bt  Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-2: 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-7 (55m)