The qualifiers for the 2018-2019 CIB PSA World Tour Finals have been confirmed, with eight of the world’s best player set to line up at Cairo’s Mall of Arabia between June 9-14.
The World Tour Finals acts as the season finale to the 2018-2019 PSA World Tour season. To qualify, players must either rank inside the top eight on the PSA World Tour Leaderboard – with points on offer at all PSA World Tour events throughout the season – or win a PSA Platinum tournament, while the reigning PSA World Champions automatically qualify.
World No.1 Ali Farag finished in first on the men’s leaderboard with 23,025 points. The Egyptian has enjoyed a stunning season which has seen him win five PSA World Tour titles, including the World Championships, J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and the Qatar Classic.
The man he lost to in Sunday’s Allam British Open final – Mohamed ElShorbagy – came in second with 18,365 points after claiming four PSA titles throughout the campaign, with major wins coming at the U.S. Open and Hong Kong Open, in addition to his British Open triumph. ElShorbagy also beat Farag in the final of last season’s World Tour Finals.
World Championship runner-up Tarek Momen finishes in third ahead of Black Ball Open winner Karim Abdel Gawad, while New Zealand’s Paul Coll [fifth place], Germany’s Simon Rösner [sixth place], Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar and Peru’s Diego Elias will also feature in Cairo.
Abouelghar and Elias currently sit in seventh and eighth, respectively, but Elias will overtake him when the final tournament of the PSA World Tour season – the XII Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta – concludes on June 2.
Five titles throughout the season saw World No.1 Raneem El Welily finish top of the women’s leaderboard with 17,120 points, ahead of World Champion Nour El Sherbini, who amassed 12,760 points.
World Championship runner-up Nour El Tayeb came third ahead of British Open runner-up Camille Serme, while Hong Kong Open winner Joelle King came third.
British Open victor Nouran Gohar, Oracle NetSuite Open winner Sarah-Jane Perry and Manchester Open runner-up Tesni Evans have also qualified for Cairo.
The World Tour Finals will feature two groups of four in both the men’s and women’s events using a round-robin system. The top two players from each group will qualify for the knockout semi-finals and beyond.
A best-of-three games format will be used up to and including the semi-finals, while the final will revert to the traditional best of five scoring.
Tickets for the CIB PSA World Tour Finals will go on sale soon, while the groups will be revealed next week.
For the full World Tour Finals leaderboard, go here.
Find out more on the World Tour Finals by visiting the official tournament website.
The current PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard