It’s the last night of action in the 2022-2023 PSA World Tour campaign, as the CIB PSA World Tour Finals comes to its conclusion in Cairo.
The rivalry continues in the women’s final, as the Egyptian duo of Hania El Hammamy and Nouran Gohar go head-to-head. They are then followed on court by Peru’s Diego Elias and Egypt’s Mostafa Asal. The pair will meet for the second time this week, as they bring the curtain down on the season.
After 28 matches this week being played in the best-of-three format, we revert back to the best-of-five format for tonight’s finals.
CIB PSA World Tour Finals – Finals: Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT +3)
Hania El Hammamy v Nouran Gohar
The opening match of the night will be the next instalment in one of the sport’s biggest rivalries, as Hania El Hammamy and Nouran Gohar go head-to-head in the women’s final. Both will be aiming to win the season-ending event for a second time.
‘The Terminator’ has 12 wins from 18 matches against El Hammamy, but it was the World No.3 that won their most recent match-up, just four days ago in the group stages of this tournament. That result gave El Hammamy top spot in Group A, but Gohar has won their last three encounters in the best-of-five format.
El Hammamy finished top of Group A, thanks to that victory over Gohar in the group stages. The World No.3 also defeated American Olivia Fiechter and Belgian No.1 Nele Gilis to make the semi-finals. She then defeated compatriot Nour El Tayeb in straight games to make it through to the final of the event she won back in 2020.
2021 CIB PSA World Tour Finals champion Gohar finished second in Group A, thanks to also defeating Olivia Fiechter and Nele Gilis. The World No.1 then came up against the defending champion Nour El Sherbini in a wonderful semi-final, in which she claimed the victory in a deciding third game.
Can El Hammamy defeat Gohar for the second time this week? Or will Gohar show why she is the World No.1 to win this tournament for the second time?
Diego Elias v Mostafa Asal
Peru’s Diego Elias and Egypt’s Mostafa Asal will do battle in the men’s final, with the pair meeting for the second time this week after their controversial group match.
Asal got the better of the Peruvian in that contest, but it was not without its drama. The Egyptian has won every match between the pair that has reached its conclusion, with Elias’ only victory coming when Asal had to retire from their semi-final contest in Singapore last year.
The pair both came through Group A to reach the semi-finals. Both men won twice in the group to advance, with Elias beating Mazen Hesham and Victor Crouin. Asal got the better of Crouin as well, along with beating the Peruvian in the group stages. He then downed World No.1 Ali Farag in straight games in the last four, while Elias defeated England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy.
After winning this event in 2021 and 2022, can Asal make it three wins out of three at the season-ending competition? Or can Elias win this title for the first time?