As we reach the end of another season, the PSA’s Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with World No.15 Hania El Hammamy.
She is the only top-25 female player on the PSA World Tour who was born in the 21st Century. Hania El Hammamy is already up to World No.15, and her career is only just beginning.
The young Egyptian has spent the entire season in the top 20, and won the biggest tournaments of her career to date earlier this year, but she wants more.
“I think [I was] playing at my best all season except the last two tournaments,” El Hammamy said.
“But winning my two biggest titles in January and February followed by good performance at the Black Ball Open was special and I feel it’s only the start.”
The 18-year-old won tournaments in consecutive weeks in early February. She started with a victory at the Edinburgh Sports Club Open, where she defeated Olivia Blatchford Clyne in the final.
The Egyptian then followed that up by taking the Bahl and Gaynor Cincinnati Cup trophy home, with the Challenger 30 title being the biggest of her fledgling career.
El Hammamy also reached the last 16 of some of the major tournaments, including in Hong Kong, as well as a quarter final appearance at the Black Ball Open, where she shocked Nour El Tayeb to advance.
“I think I did well overall, I had a good season. [There were] some good upsets that I was able to make. Unfortunately I couldn’t finish as well as I started due to high school exams,” she explained.
Considering the World No.15, who still qualifies for junior tournaments, had school exams towards the end of the season, finishing that high in the rankings is an even better achievement.
“It feels good to finish at a career high world number 15. It’s always an advantage to end the season with a higher ranking than the season before which makes you feel closer to your goal.”
Unlike the majority of PSA World Tour players, El Hammamy had a short off-season, due to the upcoming World Junior Championships in Kuala Lumpur.
The action starts at the end of July, with the young Egyptian looking to add to the U19 title that she won at the British Junior Open title in January.
“I didn’t really have an off season since i’m playing the World Juniors this month in Malaysia,” the 18-year-old explained.
“Training has already started for me. My team and i decided how we are going to work and will be definitely working on my weaknesses and will improve lots of stuff for sure during the summer.”
Once the World Juniors is done with, she will be looking ahead to the start of the new PSA World Tour season and the goal is clear for the 2019-2020 campaign.
“My main goal for next season is breaking into the top ten. I believe that I’m not too far and hopefully will be having a better season than this one,” El Hammamy added.
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal reviews his campaign.