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Daryl Selby celebrates at the 2020 Canary Wharf Classic

2019/20 ROUND-UP: SHOCKS OF THE SEASON - PT.2

There were plenty of shocks and spills over the course of the 2019/20 PSA World Tour season, with big names dropping out in the early stages of all the major tournament held around the world.

We have delved into some of the biggest shocks and upsets that there have been during the season. 10 through 6 have already been announced, but who makes it into the top five, and who had the biggest shock of the season?

You can check out part one here.

5 – Emily Whitlock v Amanda Sobhy: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions – Second Round

The first spot in the top five is taken by England’s Emily Whitlock, after she got the better of U.S. No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the second round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York.

Sobhy was playing on home soil, hailing from Brooklyn, just an hour or so away, and she took a comfortable two game lead, conceding just six points. However, the Englishwoman, who was World No.27 at the time, was able to fight back.

Whitlock had lost their only previous meeting, which came at the 2019 El Gouna International Squash Open, but she battled back from the brink, and was able to take the victory in five games, shocking the home crowd.

4 – Hania El Hammamy v Nour El Sherbini: CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open – Final

Coming in at No.4 on our list of the biggest shocks of the season is the only match on our top ten that decided a championship, as Hania El Hammamy and Nour El Sherbini faced off in the final of the CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open.

No.9 seed El Hammamy had already faced an improbable task to make the final, in overcoming World No.3 Camille Serme in the third round, before then beating World No.8 Amanda Sobny and World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry en route to the final.

Despite the run she had through to the final, the 19-year-old was the underdog against the four-time World Champion, but she provided a performance for the ages, downing El Sherbini in the fifth game to take her maiden Platinum crown.

3 – Daryl Selby v Joel Makin: St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic – First Round



The opening day of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic pitted two Brits together, in the form of Welsh No.1 Joel Makin and former World No.9 Daryl Selby.

The East Wintergarden in London’s business district saw a wonderful performance from Selby, with the partizan crowd behind the Englishman, who at 37-years-old had hinted at it being his last full season on the PSA World Tour.

He need just two games, with the tournament’s best-of-three format helping out with the victory. Despite it being only two games, the match took more than 50 minutes, as Selby ground out the victory over the now-World No.10, before almost getting the better of World Champion Tarek Momen in the second round.

2 – Farida Mohamed v Joelle King: CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open – Second Round

After getting the better of Scottish No.1 Lisa Aitken in the first round, Egypt’s Farida Mohamed moved through to World No.6 Joelle King in the last 32 of the CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open on home soil.

The pair had never met on the PSA World Tour before, but the Kiwi asserted her class in the first couple of games, and it looked like she would take a resounding victory to reach the third round.

However, buoyed on by the home crowd, Mohamed pull off the impossible, and fought back from two down to win the match 3-2, in arguably the biggest win of her fledgling career to date.

1 – Hania El Hammamy v Camille Serme: PSA Women’s World Championship – Quarter Final

The biggest shock of the 2019/20 PSA World Tour season came in front of the Pyramids of Giza, as Hania El Hammamy got the better of World No.4 Camille Serme to secure a place in the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in her career.

The pair had faced off four times previously, once in each of the last four seasons, with El Hammamy having only taken a single game from the Frenchwoman, losing 3-0 in the other three clashes.

Serme took the first two games with relative ease, but El Hammamy fought her way back into the match, and the home crowd buoyed her on to a wonderful victory, and she would only be beaten in the semis by the eventual champion, Nour El Sherbini.

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