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Hong Kong Open: Tournament History

The Everbright Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open begins on November 19 as the biggest stars on the PSA World Tour do battle for the PSA Platinum men’s and women’s titles.

This year will see the tournament commit to equal prize money for the first time in its history with $329,000 split equally between the men’s and women’s draws.

The opening rounds will be staged at the Hong Kong Squash Centre between November 19-22 before moving to the glass court erected at the arena in Hong Kong Park Sports Centre on November 23-25.

1985 saw the inaugural men’s Hong Kong Open take place, with England’s Phil Kenyon defeating Australia’s Steve Bowditch in the final.

Rodney Martin avenged his compatriot’s defeat the following year, before the legendary Jansher Khan went on to win eight of the next 11 tournaments, beating Australian opponents in six of those finals.

A women’s event began in 1993 and saw three-time World Champion Michelle Martin claim the first two titles before the women’s tournament went through a seven-year hiatus, returning to the PSA Tour in 2001.

New Zealand’s Leilani Rorani and Australia’s Rachael Grinham took the next two titles before the tournament took another break from the tour, this time for three years, in part due to the fact that the 2003 and 2005 World Championships were held in Hong Kong.

2006 saw the women’s event rejoin the tour once more, just in time for the emergence of Malaysian superstar Nicol David, who went on to dominate the Hong Kong Open for the next decade, winning an unprecedented ten successive titles and going an incredible 50 matches unbeaten.

18-year-old Nouran Gohar saw an end to that dominance, however, as she knocked David out at the semi-final stage to reach the final and came from 1-0 down against American Amanda Sobhy to win 3-1.

In the last 15 years, the men’s title has been won by eight different people, with David Palmer (2001), Peter Nicol (2002), Thierry Lincou (2003), four-time World Champion Amr Shabana (2006-2009), ‘The Artist’ Ramy Ashour (2010, 2012 & 2016), English duo James Willstrop and Nick Matthew (2011 & 2013, respectively) and reigning World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy (2014, 2015, 2017) all triumphing at the prestigious tournament.

At last year’s tournament, there was double delight for Egypt as ElShorbagy and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini took the honours in Hong Kong as they defeated Ali Farag and Raneem El Welily, respectively.

Previous Winners – Men
2017 – Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2016 – Ramy Ashour (EGY)
2015 – Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2014 – Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
2013 – Nick Matthew (ENG)
2012 – Ramy Ashour (EGY)
2011 – James Willstrop (ENG)
2010 – Ramy Ashour (EGY)
2009 – Amr Shabana (EGY)
2008 – Amr Shabana (EGY)
2007 – Amr Shabana (EGY)
2006 – Amr Shabana (EGY)
2005 – No competition
2004 – Thierry Lincou (FRA)
2003 – No competition
2002 – Peter Nicol (ENG)
2001 – David Palmer (AUS)
2000 – Peter Nicol (SCO)
1999 – Peter Nicol (SCO)
1998 – Jonathon Power (CAN)
1997 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1996 – Rodney Eyles (AUS)
1995 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1994 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1993 – Brett Martin (AUS)
1992 – Rodney Martin (AUS)
1991 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1990 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1989 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1988 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1987 – Jansher Khan (PAK)
1986 – Rodney Martin (AUS)
1985 – Phil Kenyon (ENG)

Previous Winners – Women
2017 – Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
2016 – Nouran Gohar (EGY)
2015 – Nicol David (MAS)
2014 – Nicol David (MAS)
2013 – Nicol David (MAS)
2012 – Nicol David (MAS)
2011 – Nicol David (MAS)
2010 – Nicol David (MAS)
2009 – Nicol David (MAS)
2008 – Nicol David (MAS)
2007 – Nicol David (MAS)
2006 – Nicol David (MAS)
2005 – No competition
2004 – No competition
2003 – No competition
2002 – Rachael Grinham (AUS)
2001 – Leilani Rorani (NZL)
2000 – No competition
1999 – No competition
1998 – No competition
1997 – No competition
1996 – No competition
1995 – No competition
1994 – Michelle Martin (AUS)
1993 – Michelle Martin (AUS)

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