France’s World No.106 Melissa Alves qualified for February’s prestigious PSA World Championships after winning the Val De Marne trophy on home soil in Creteil, France.
The 24-year-old turned in an incredible performance, coming all the way from round one to knock out the likes of number four and five seeds Anna Serme and Tessa ter Sluis, respectively, en route to the final.
In the final she faced England’s number eight seed Grace Gear, however, it was the Frenchwoman who put in a complete performance to claim an 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 victory to take her third PSA title, as well as claim a spot at the PSA World Championships.
She will join Canada’s Samantha Cornett, Pakistan’s Shahjahan Khan, Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim, Egypt’s Menna Hamed, Australia’s Christine Nunn, United States Todd Harrity and Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann in Chicago next year after they all qualified earlier in the season.
Following the announcement of the new PSA structure at the beginning of April, the 2018/19 PSA World Championships – which will become the first tournament in professional squash to offer a prize purse of $1 million – will be held in February with a 64-player draw.