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2018-19 Season Review: Outstanding Performers - Part Two

The 2018-19 PSA World Tour season drew to a close at the weekend, as Karim Abdel Gawad and Raneem El Welily took the titles at the PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo.

Earlier this week, we took a look at the first group of outstanding performers from the season, including the two World Champions, Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini.

This part of our season reviews sees us take a look at some more players who have showcased their skills over the last 10 months.

Joelle King

World Ranking: 6
2018-19 Honours:
Hong Kong Open
Manchester Open
Played: 34
Won: 23
Lost: 11
Win Percentage: 67.6%

New Zealand’s premier female squash player, Joelle King, had a good 2018-2019 season, cementing her place among the world’s best.

Unfortunately, she suffered some premature exits to start her season off, failing to get past the last 16 of both the China Open and U.S. Open.

In between those, King made it to the quarter finals of the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco, but it was in November where her season really kicked off.

The Kiwi went all the way at the Hong Kong Open, beating the soon-to-be World No.1, Raneem El Welily, in straight games in the final. The victory was her first Platinum title on the PSA World Tour.

King continued her good form for the rest of the season, as she made the quarter finals or better of the final six tournaments she entered this season.

A semi final appearance at the Tournament of Champions was followed by making the quarter finals at the PSA World Championships in Chicago.

King then made the semis of the Black Ball Open in Cairo, ahead of the El Gouna International, where she lost out in the quarter finals to Welily.

The Kiwi took her second title of the year at the Manchester Open, as she beat Welshwoman, and good friend, Tesni Evans in the final. Her final major event of the year saw her reach the quarter finals of the British Open.

Karim Abdel Gawad

World Ranking: 4
2018-19 Honours:
Golootlo Pakistan Open
Black Ball Open
PSA World Tour Finals
Played: 51
Won: 38
Lost: 13
Win Percentage: 74.5%

Karim Abdel Gawad had another great season, only failing to reach the quarter finals of an event twice across the last 10 months.

The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ started his season with a semi finals appearance at the Oracle NetSuite Open, before an early exit from the U.S. Open later that month.

His next three events saw him lose at the hands of the soon-to-be Ali Farag. They came in the semis of the Channel VAS Championships, and then the last eight of both the Qatar Classic and Hong Kong Open.

Gawad then hit a rich vein of form, starting in Pakistan, as he won the Golootlo Open, beating Diego Elias in the final. He then got the better of Farag in the final of the Black Ball Open in December to claim a second title in as many events.

He then reached the semi finals of the Tournament of Champions, before suffering a shock premature exit at the World Championships, being knocked out in the first round by compatriot Youssef Soliman.

The Egyptian made the semis of the Grasshopper Cup, DPD Open and British Open, but was beaten by Mohamed ElShorbagy in all three. He also lost to Ali Farag in the final of the El Gouna International.

Gawad ended the season on a high, though, as he took home the World Tour Finals title, as he beat Mohamed Abouelghar in the final in Cairo.

Amanda Sobhy

World Ranking: 8
2018-19 Honours:
Texas Open
Played: 33
Won: 23
Lost: 10
Win Percentage: 69.7%

US No.1 Amanda Sobhy has had a fantastic season, as she returned from injury and made her way back into the top eight in the World Rankings.

She made her first appearance of the season at the NetSuite Open, but could only manage a second round finish, before going on to make the quarter finals of the US Open a couple of weeks later.

Sobhy then made the quarters of the Carol Weymuller Open, before losing out to then-World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the third round of the Hong Kong Open.

The American suffered more third round exits at the Tournament of Champions and the World Championships, before staying in the States to take home the Texas Open title.

Sobhy followed that up with a solid performance at the El Gouna International, where she knocked out both Nour El Tayeb and Laura Massaro on her way to the last four.

She then reached the semis of the Manchester Open as well, before finishing her campaign with a third round exit at the British Open.

Paul Coll

World Ranking: 6
2018-19 Honours:
Canary Wharf Classic
Played: 51
Won: 36
Lost: 15
Win Percentage: 70.6%

Paul Coll had another fantastic season on the PSA World Tour, as he rose up the World Rankings, whilst making the quarter finals or better of every tournament he entered.

His season started with an appearance in the final of the China Open, but he unfortunately lost out to Mohamed Abouelghar.He then reached the quarter finals in his next three events.

After those last eight showings at St George’s Hill, Qatar and Hong Kong, Coll went on to reach the semi finals of the Black Ball Open to end the calendar year.

He went on to reach the quarters of both the Tournament of Champions and the World Championships, before then reaching the final of the Canada Cup.

He lost out to Diego Elias in the final in Toronto, but just two weeks later, Coll won the Canary Wharf Classic. He beat World No.3 Tarek Momen in the final to claim the biggest title of his career.

The Kiwi went on to reach the quarters of the DPD Open and El Gouna International, before making the semi finals of the British Open, in the final major tournament of the season.

Nouran Gohar

World Ranking: 4
2018-19 Honours:
British Open
Played: 33
Won: 22
Lost: 11
Win Percentage: 66.7%

Nouran Gohar would not have wanted the 2018-2019 season to have ended, as she came into some great form in the latter part of the campaign.

‘The Terminator’ started her season with a quarter final defeat at the China Open, before she prematurely exited the U.S. Open in the last 32, losing to Yathreb Adel.

From there, though, she enjoyed a great run of form, as she made it into the quarter finals of every tournament she entered through to the end of the campaign.

However, the next five defeats she suffered all came at the hands of Raneem El Welily. Two came in the quarter finals of the Tournament of Champions and the PSA World Championships.

She lost to the World No.1 in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open and the Black Ball Open, before missing out on the El Gouna prize in April.

Everything clicked in the final major tournament of the year, as Gohar lost just a single game on her way to claiming the British Open title, defeating El Welily in the quarters.

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