Mostafa Asal (fore) takes on Ali Farag in the men's British Open final
Mostafa Asal (fore) takes on Ali Farag in the men's British Open final

World’s Top Two Farag And Asal Drawn Together At Xbox PSA World Tour Finals

World No.1 Ali Farag and World No.2 Mostafa Asal have been drawn together in Group A of next week’s Xbox PSA World Tour Finals, with the pair set to face off in a repeat of last week’s epic men’s British Open final.

Held between June 18-22 at Bellevue’s Boys and Girls Club Hidden Valley Field House, the Xbox PSA World Tour Finals brings together the top eight players on the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard for an event which will bring the curtain down on the 2023-24 PSA World Tour season.

Points for the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard were on offer at all PSA World Tour events throughout the campaign, while winning a PSA World Tour Platinum trophy or the PSA World Championship trophy secured automatic qualification.

Farag finished top of the men’s standings and will headline Group A alongside defending champion Asal, who has won the previous three PSA World Tour Finals. Asal also got the better of Farag to win the historic British Open last week, winning 12-10 in the fifth game of an all-time classic.

Asal is aiming to become only the second player since the legendary Jansher Khan in 1998 to win the event four times. 2019 champion Karim Abdel Gawad and two-time winner Mohamed ElShorbagy are the other two players drawn in Group A.

World No.3 Paul Coll tops Group B after finishing second in the men’s standings. He will be up against World Champion and last year’s runner-up Diego Elias, World No.5 Mazen Hesham and World No.8 Tarek Momen.

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini is seeded first in the women’s event and she will look to add to her wins in 2018 and 2022. USA No.1 Olivia Weaver and Belgian sisters Nele and Tinne Gilis are the other players featured in Group A, with Tinne in line to make her World Tour Finals debut.

Group B will be headed up by World Champion Nouran Gohar. Gohar has been in scintillating form recently, with last week’s British Open triumph seeing her win her fourth tournament in a row. She will now look to win her third PSA World Tour Finals crown following victories in 2021 and 2023. Gohar will be joined by last year’s runner-up Hania El Hammamy, England’s Nour El Tayeb and fellow Egyptian Nour El Tayeb.

A $400,000 prize fund will be split equally across both the women’s and men’s events as players compete in a best-of-three games group stage between June 18-20. The top two from each group qualify for the knockout semi-finals, where a place in the best-of-five games title decider will await the winner of those fixtures.

Group stage action will begin on Tuesday June 18 at 14:00 (GMT-7). Eight matches will be played per day for the first three days of the event until the group stage has drawn to a close.

Group stage matches will take place at 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:15, 18:00, 18:45. 19:45 and 20:30 between June 18-20. The semi-finals will be held at 18:00 on Friday June 21.

The finals will begin at 15:00 on Saturday June 22.

All matches will be held at Bellevue’s Boys and Girls Club Hidden Valley Field House and fixtures will be streamed live on SQUASHTV. The semi-finals and finals will also be shown live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Squash fans can stay up-to-date with news from the tournament by following the PSA World Tour on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and TikTok or by visiting the official tournament website.

2023-24 Xbox PSA World Tour Finals – Group Draw