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Throwback Thursday: Story of the 2018 Women's Tournament of Champions

The first PSA Platinum tournament of 2019 gets under way next week when the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions takes place inside New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal from January 16-24.

To get you in the mood for one of the most iconic tournaments on the PSA World Tour, we take a look back at the story of the 2018 women's tournament where history was made.

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Round One
[Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 15-13, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9 (58m)
[10] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Salma Hany (EGY) 3-0: 11-2, 3-1, retired (8m)
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [14] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-1: 12-10, 12-14, 11-3, 11-2 (42m)
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8 (65m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8 (39m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (29m)
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (23m)
[13] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (24m)
Donna Lobban (AUS) bt [11] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 5-1 retired
[9] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 8-11, 11-3, 11-4 (31m)
[15] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 (39m)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (27m)
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [Q] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-3 (21m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [Q] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-1: 9-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-4 (37m)
[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (37m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-4 (18m)

United States own Amanda Sobhy made a winning return to PSA World Tour action following a 10-month absence after a rupturing her achilles.

Sobhy defeated Australia's former World No.1 in four games to reach the second round of the New York tournament last year.

Elsewhere, all the top seeds made it through to the second round, with England’s former World No.1 Laura Massaro surviving a scare against compatriot Fiona Moverley.

Round Two
[5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt [10] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 13-11, 11-7 (40m)
[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [13] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 3-2: 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 15-13, 11-7 (66m)
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 13-11 (41m)
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-3 (52m)
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-2: 11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8 (53m)
[6] Nicol David (MAS) bt [9] Joelle King (NZL) 3-1: 11-9, 2-11, 11-7, 11-9 (53m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [15] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-2: 8-11, 11-3, 15-13, 7-11, 12-10 (67m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [12] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (24m)

There was plenty of drama in the second round of the women’s Tournament of Champions last year as a number of higher seeded players narrowly avoided shock defeats.

England’s Sarah-Jane Perry was forced to come from 2-0 down against America’s Olivia Blatchford Clyne after she played some of her best squash. However, the Englishwoman dug in deep to turn things around to win in five.

France’s Camille Serme was also put under pressure as she had to fightback from 2-1 down against Australia’s Donna Lobban to secure a quarter-final berth.

While, Egypt’s Raneem El Welily prevailed in a five-game epic battle with Welshwoman Tesni Evans.

Quarter-finals
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (33m)
[4] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (39m)
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [6] Nicol David (MAS) 3-1: 2-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 (50m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (43m)

Nour El Tayeb secured a surprise semi-final berth after she defeated compatriot Raneem El Welily in the quarter-finals of last year’s tournament.

World No.7 El Tayeb went a game down to the reigning World Champion but battled back in a high-quality 43-minute affair, which she took in a 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 scoreline.

Meanwhile, top seeds Nour El Sherbini, Camille Serme and Laura Massaro also secured big wins to progress in New York.

Semi-finals
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [4] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1: 4-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 (46m)
[8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [3] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-3 (36m)

Egypt’s El Tayeb continued to impress in New York as she took out defending champion Serme to reach the final of the prestigious tournament.

The Egyptian secured a straight-games victory over the Frenchwoman to progress and set up a final meeting with compatriot El Sherbini after she defeated England’s Laura Massaro in four games.

Final
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [8] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-2: 2-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 (56m)

El Sherbini lifted her second Tournament of Champions title, and her third Platinum title in a row, after twice fighting back from a game down against U.S. Open champion Nour El Tayeb.

El Sherbini was appearing in a fifth successive PSA World Tour final, but suffered a disastrous start as she took just two points in a one-sided opening game.

Both players then took a game apiece, until El Sherbini came into her own in the final two games to triumph by a 2-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 scoreline and lift her 15th PSA World Tour title and her fifth of the season.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling right now, I cannot describe it,” said El Sherbini following her win.

“I’m extremely happy, I couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2018. I’ve been playing well and this is my fifth final in a row. I worked really hard in the summer and have been trying to enjoy playing when I’m out there and that hard work is paying off right now.”

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