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Raneem El Welily celebrates at the DPD Open

Match of the Season: You Decide

Ahead of the annual PSA Awards dinner which will be held on the eve of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, we’re asking you – squash fans – to choose the winners of the Men’s and Women’s Match of the Season!

The 2018/19 campaign has treated us to some of the most memorable and highest quality matches of recent years. A PSA panel have picked out a selection that they think were up there amongst the best – now it’s up to you to crown the winners!

Men’s 2018/19 PSA Match of the Season – Shortlist
The PSA panel have picked five of our favourite matches from the season for the Men’s match of the Season shortlist – plus if there's any you think have been missed then you can select 'other' and type in your favourite!

Relive these encounters and vote for the winner!

Tournament of Champions Final
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (84m)

There was plenty resting on this encounter between the two top Egyptians with ElShorbagy battling to keep his place atop the men's World Rankings, while Farag looked to usurp him.

Things started well for ElShorbagy as he took a 2-0 lead, however, Farag soon battled back in a match that had everything under the chandeliers of the Vanderbilt Hall in New York's Grand Central Terminal as he completed a huge comeback to not only win the coveted title, but also become the new World No.1.

Relive the highlights here:

Qatar Classic Quarter Finals
[8] Diego Elias (PER) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7 (76m)

Peru's Diego Elias produced the performance of his career to defeat then-World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in a thrilling 76-minute, five-game encounter to book his place in the semi-finals of the 2018 Qatar Classic and end the Egyptian’s defence of the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

ElShorbagy is a three-time Qatar Classic winner, but Elias produced an inspired performance to storm out of the gates and take the opening game courtesy of some sublime, patient squash.
Lima-based Elias then managed to fight back after ElShorbagy twice nullified his game-lead on the scoreboard to come through an 11-8, 11-13, 13-11, 10-12, 11-7 winner and reach his first ever PSA Platinum semi-final.

Relive the highlights here:

British Open Semi-Finals
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [4] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-2: 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 (77m)

Egypt's Farag and New Zealand's Paul Coll put on a semi-final clash befitting of one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments, with Coll playing some accurate squash to take the opener.

Farag stayed calm though and some incredible retrieving from the 27-year-old saw him finally get the better of his opponent by an 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7 scoreline.

Relive the highlights here:

Hong Kong Open Round Two
[5] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-2: 6-11, 13-11, 6-11, 16-14, 11-8 (79m)

This match had the crowd on their feet and in raptures as 'Colombian Cannonball' Miguel Rodriguez and Hong Kong home hero Max Lee went head-to-head in this thrilling encounter.

Both players showcased their incredible skill and athleticism as they pushed each other to their limits in this gladiatorial five-game battle.

Relive the highlights here:

Hong Kong Open Quarter Finals
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [5] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) 3-2: 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 18-16 (99m)

Colombia's Rodriguez was involved in another thriller in Hong Kong, this time in the quarter finals against Germany's Simon Rosner.

Rosner took the lead twice, but Rodriguez came back both times to set up one of the most exciting finishes to a match this season with an 18-16 tie-break going in the favour of the tall German.

Relive the highlights here:

Women’s 2018/19 PSA Match of the Season – Shortlist

Now we turn out attention to what has been an epic season of top class women’s squash – featuring some of the most competitive and thrilling matches in the history of the women’s game as the level continues to get higher and higher.

Again the PSA panel have picked five of their favourite matches from the season plus you can vote 'other' if there is any you think have been missed!

DPD Open Final
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 10-12, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 (65m)

Egypt's World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.2 Nour El Sherbini met again in another final this season as they went head-to-head in Eindhoven, the Netherlands for the DPD Open final.

El Welily had been pushed to five games in all of the previous rounds and the final proved to be no different as she had to pull out her best squash and skills to overturn a 2-0 deficit against reigning World Champion El Sherbini.

Relive the highlights here:

Manchester Open Semi-Finals
[6] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (72m)

Egypt's World No.3 Nour El Tayeb was the favourite at the inaugural Manchester Open as she led the draw at the women's only tournament at the National Squash Centre.

It looked as though it was all going to plan for the Egyptian as she took a 2-0 lead, however, Welshwoman Tesni Evans was not going down without a fight and dug deep to fightback and reach her biggest PSA final.

Relive the highlights here:

PSA World Championships Semi-Finals
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) 3-2: 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 (64m)

Going into this encounter El Welily had defeated El Tayeb in their last three meetings, which had all come in the semi-finals, however, it was not to be for the reigning World Champion as El Tayeb attacked to perfection to secure a huge victory with the two athletes playing out a match worthy of the final.

Relive the highlights here:

Black Ball Open Quarter Finals
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [5] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-2: 4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 (64m)

El Sherbini and France's Camille Serme were meeting for the second time in two weeks after facing each other in the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships in Chicago, which saw El Sherbini claim the victory in five-games before going onto win the prestigious title.

Serme, however, came out of the blocks firing in Cairo today and looked determined throughout the entire match to avenge that defeat, however, El Sherbini was resilient to prevail, coming from 2-1 down to win 4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 in 64-minutes.

Relive the highlights here:

Hong Kong Open Quarter Finals
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)

Egypt's El Sherbini needed to win this match in order to keep her hopes alive of staying at the top of the women's World Rankings ahead of compatriot El Welily.

However, England's No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry put in a gutsy performance that saw her topple the Egyptian in an exciting clash in Hong Kong.

Relive the highlights here:

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