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Tinne Gilis (right) and Laura Massaro in action at the 2019 Allam British Open in Hull

2018-19 Season Review: Shocks of the Season - Part Two

The CIB PSA World Tour Finals brought the curtain down on the 2018-19 season earlier this month as Egyptian duo Karim Abdel Gawad and Raneem El Welily took silverware in two epic finals held at Cairo’s Mall of Arabia.

It’s been one of the most captivating seasons in recent memory, and we’ll be reviewing all the major talking points from the past 10 months. We’ve already looked at the campaign’s outstanding performers and the players to watch ahead of next season.

Today, we’re continuing our recap of some of the biggest upsets that the 2018-19 season had to offer. Read part one here.

Hania El Hammamy v Nour El Tayeb: 2019 Black Ball Open – Round Two

18-year-old Hania El Hammamy cemented herself as a genuine top 20 player last season, and her shock victory over World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the second round of March’s Black Ball Open provided a snapshot of the Egyptian’s talents.

The win came just a fortnight after El Tayeb reached the final of the PSA World Championships in Chicago, while she had beaten El Hammamy in all four of their previous meetings on the PSA World Tour.

But El Hammamy played with a confidence that belied her tender years as she edged victories in the opening two games by 12-10 margins.

And El Tayeb was all at sea in the third as El Hammamy attacked with vigour to close out the biggest win of her career in front of her home fans.

Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [4] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 12-10m, 11-4 (32m)

Tarek Momen v Mohamed ElShorbagy: 2019 PSA World Championships – Semi-Finals

Nobody beats Tarek Momen 10 times in a row.

‘The Viper’ has enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 season which saw him transform from a talented, yet inconsistent top five player into a title contender at all of the sport’s major tournaments. 

And his improvement was on full view at the PSA World Championships as he ended a nine-match winless streak against defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy to book a place in the final of the sport’s biggest tournament.

A packed crowd inside Union Station bore witness to a thrilling 97 minute battle and you can watch the highlights of the titanic clash above.

[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-2: 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (97m)

Tinne Gilis v Laura Massaro: 2019 British Open – Second Round

Laura Massaro’s glittering career came to an end as the former World No.1 fell to a surprise defeat against Belgian challenger Tinne Gilis at Hull’s Allam Sport Centre.

Two-time British Open champion Massaro announced shortly before the tournament that it would be her final event, but it was not the farewell the Englishwoman would have wanted.

Gilis had shown real promise in the weeks leading up to the tournament – scalping World No.13 Joshna Chinappa the month before at the El Gouna International – and she played some immaculate squash to get the better of the experienced Englishwoman.

Their were emotional scenes all round as Gilis ran to embrace older sister Nele – who she went on to face in the third round – while Massaro was afforded a standing ovation in recognition of her incredible 19-year career.

Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt [8] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 2-11, 11-5, 11-7 (37m)

Fares Dessouky v Mohamed ElShorbagy: 2019 El Gouna International – Quarter-Finals

Egypt’s Fares Dessouky spent 14 months out of action with a torn ACL between November 2017 – January 2019, but when he returned, it looked like he’d never been away as he put in some sensational performances, including a victory over ElShorbagy in the quarter-finals of the El Gouna International.

The El Gouna International has been a happy hunting ground for Dessouky in the past – with two previous semi-final appearances under his belt there – and the Egyptian was named as the wildcard this time around.

A crucial opening game tie-break against ElShorbagy went the way of Dessouky, while the 24-year-old played some intelligent squash in the second to double his lead.

ElShorbagy struck back in the third, profiting from some errors from his opponent, before a tightly-contested fourth game saw both players battle to a 9-9 stalemate, at which point Dessouky kept his composure to seal his first PSA Platinum semis spot since his injury.

[WC] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt [2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 15-13, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9 (61m)

Jasmine Hutton v Hollie Naughton: 2019 British Open – First Round

England’s Jasmine Hutton showed just why she is on the verge of breaking into the world’s top 50 with a superb opening round victory against the higher ranked Canadian Hollie Naughton at the British Open.

Hutton, then ranked at No.77 in the world, had bowed out in the first qualifying round in both of her previous appearances at the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ but she dominated World No.31 Naughton to claim a 3-0 win in just 26 minutes.

The victory came after back-to-back title wins at the Johannesburg Open and Keith Grainger Memorial Open, and if Hutton can use her recent performances as a springboard, she could be one to watch in the upcoming season.

[WC] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (26m)

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