The lineup for the women’s CIB PSA World Tour Finals has been finalised, with Sarah-Jane Perry, Rowan Elaraby and Georgina Kennedy sealing their places in the top eight of the CIB Road to Egypt Standings following last week’s El Gouna International.
The CIB PSA World Tour Finals will take place between June 21-26 in Cairo, Egypt and the event includes both a men’s and women’s tournament featuring eight players each, bringing together all Platinum title winners as well as the reigning PSA World Champions. Any remaining places are allocated to the highest ranked players on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings, with points on offer at all PSA World Tour events during the season.
The El Gouna International was the final women’s PSA World Tour event of the season and World No.1 Nouran Gohar finished top of the pile on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings with a lengthy lead over World Champion Nour El Sherbini.
Hania El Hammamy made it an all-Egyptian top three after she downed Gohar to win the El Gouna International, adding it to her triumph at the Allam British Open in April. USA’s Amanda Sobhy and New Zealand’s Joelle King finished fourth and fifth, respectively and had already amassed enough points to qualify before the PSA World Tour Platinum event in El Gouna.
Perry and Elaraby held onto their places in the top eight, whilst Kennedy leapfrogged Hany to take the final qualifying space courtesy of a round two finish in El Gouna. Elaraby and Kennedy will make their debuts at the season-ending event, while Hany and Olivia Fiechter just missed out.
Two places are still up for grabs on the men’s CIB Road to Egypt Standings after Mohamed ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen claimed enough points in El Gouna to make their positions secure.
Welshman Joel Makin sits in seventh place, while Egypt’s Mazen Hesham takes the final position in the top eight. However, Marwan ElShorbagy – who sits in ninth – can still qualify for a place in Cairo if he reaches the semi finals of the Necker Mauritius Open 2022 – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, which is the final men’s PSA World Tour event of the season and takes place between June 7-11.
However, a last four finish for ElShorbagy would require Hesham to bow out before the quarter final stage if he is to line up in Cairo.
World No.1 Ali Farag leads World No.2 Paul Coll at the summit of the CIB Road to Egypt Standings, but the Kiwi can overtake the Egyptian if he reaches the final in Mauritius.