The top eight men and women on the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard will do battle for the prestigious title and the lucrative $320,000 prize fund from 9th to 14th June at Cairo’s Mall of Arabia .
Players have earned qualification points at all PSA World Tour events throughout the 2018/19 season, while the reigning PSA World Champions and all PSA Platinum event winners qualified automatically.
Players will compete in group stages between 9th and 12th June which are held under a best-of-three games format, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout semi-finals and beyond. The finals revert to the traditional best of five scoring.
PSA World Championship finalists Nour El Sherbini and Nour El Tayeb have been drawn in the same group.Defending champion El Sherbini, who came second on the women’s World Tour Finals Leaderboard, became a three-time World Champion at the age of 23 when she overcame El Tayeb in the final of March’s World Championships held in Chicago’s Union Station.
World No.1 Raneem El Welily topped the women’s World Tour Finals Leaderboard and she features in Group A alongside British Open runner-up Camille Serme, Hong Kong Open winner Joelle King and British Champion an World No.9 Tesni Evans.
Men’s Draw :
Group A of the men’s event is headed up by World No.1 and last year’s runner-up Ali Farag. A sensational season which saw him lift major titles at the World Championships, J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, Qatar Classic and El Gouna International resulted in him finishing first on the World Tour Finals Leaderboard.
He is joined in Group A by Black Ball Open winner Karim Abdel Gawad, New Zealand’s Paul Coll and World No.7 Mohamed Abouelghar.
World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy, who beat Farag to lift a third British Open crown two weeks ago, will line up against World Championship runner-up Tarek Momen, Germany’s Simon Rösner and Peru’s Diego Elias in Group B.
The group stages begin on Sunday June 9 at 19:00 (GMT+2) with El Welily and Evans getting the action under way.
The Group stages will take place over four days, with six matches per night starting at 19.00.
The semi-finals are from 19:00 on Thu 13th and the finals will begin at 19.30 on Fri 14th.