The World Tour Finals takes place at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo next week, with the world’s best eight men and eight women from the 2019-2020 season in action.
Eight men and eight women have qualified for the event, thanks to their consistent performances over the course of the season, with winners of Platinum events also being granted entry.
Former World No.1 Raneem El Welily and men’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy had also both qualified for the event but due to El Welily’s retirement and personal reasons for ElShorbagy, the two players will not feature at this year’s event.
Taking part in this year’s event in the men’s category are: Ali Farag (EGY), Tarek Momen (EGY), Paul Coll (NZL), Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY), Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY), Diego Elias (PER), Joel Makin (WAL) and Simon Rösner (GER).
In the women’s event, the competitors are: Nour El Sherbini (EGY), Nour El Tayeb (EGY), Nouran Gohar (EGY), Camille Serme (FRA), Hania El Hammamy (EGY) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG), Amanda Sobhy (USA) and Joelle King (NZL).
The Finals work differently to every other tournament on the PSA World Tour, as the event features a round-robin format for the first four days of play.
The eight men and eight women have been split into groups of four, with the top two from each group going through to the semi finals. All group matches, and the semi finals with be played with a best-of-three, while the finals will use the standard best-of-five format.
How the table could look after the round-robin stages
Points are on offer for all results in group matches, apart from a 2-0 loss. If a player was to lose 2-1, they get one point. If a player was to win their match 2-1, they would receive three points, and if they win in straight games 2-0, they get the full four points.
For instance, let’s look at a hypothetical situation in Group B. Nour El Tayeb has won two games 2-0, earning eight points, but lost her third 2-0, gaining nothing from it. Amanda Sobhy does the exact opposite by winning one match 2-0 to earn four points, but loses the other two games 2-0, gaining nothing.
Camille Serme and Hania El Hammamy play out the only 2-1 in the group, with Serme getting three points, while El Hammamy gets one. They both then win one game 2-0 and lose one game 2-0. Therefore, Serme finishes with seven and El Hammamy finishes with five points.
If two players are tied on points come the end pf the round-robin stage, then the player with the better head-to-head record will take the higher spot in the group.
Should three players be tied on the same number of points, then the player with the highest percentage of points will take the top spot out of the three in that group.
From there, the top two players from each group will go through to the semi finals, with the winner of Group A playing the runner-up of Group B while the winner of B plays the 2nd-placed player from A.
The winners of the semi finals will then go on to meet in the finals on Sunday, with the victors taking home the World Tour Finals trophies, and a possible bonus of 1,600 rankings points.