The World Squash Federation has awarded Malaysia the rights to host the World Junior Squash Championships in 2019.
The event, featuring the WSF Women’s World Junior Team Championship from 5-9 August and preceded by the Men’s & Women’s WSF World Junior Individual Championships from 30 July to 4 August, will take place at the Bukit Jalil National Squash Centre in Kuala Lumpur, home of the sport’s Commonwealth Games debut in 1998.
Malaysia has hosted several WSF world championships – 2019 marking the third time the Asian nation has staged the Women’s Junior Team event, following the 1993 edition in Kuala Lumpur and 2001 in Penang.
The biennial event was last staged in New Zealand in July 2017 where Egypt won the title for the sixth time in a row, and Malaysia recorded their best-ever finish as runners-up for the third time.
This year’s event will be held in Chennai, India, from 17-29 July in Chennai, India.
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Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb has moved into the world’s top three for the first time in her career after the PSA Women’s World Rankings were released today.
El Tayeb moves up four places courtesy of a semi-final placing at the inaugural Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters earlier in January which she followed up with a runner-up finish at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions to continue a rich vein of form that also saw her capture the U.S. Open in October.
The 24-year-old Egyptian fell just short of clinching the Tournament of Champions title in New York as she was defeated by compatriot Nour El Sherbini – who retains her place at the top of the Women’s Rankings for the 22nd successive month ahead of World Champion Raneem El Welily (No.2).
El Sherbini enjoyed a formidable start to 2018, lifting both the Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters and Tournament of Champions titles to take her tally to five titles so far this season to extend her lead at the top of the rankings.
Meanwhile, England’s Laura Massaro stays at No.4, while France’s Camille Serme drops to No.5 for the first time since December 2016.
Egypt’s Nouran Gohar and Malaysia’s Nicol David both drop a place, down to No.6 and No.7, respectively, while England’s Sarah-Jane Perry, New Zealand’s Joelle King and England’s Alison Waters complete the top ten.
Hong Kong’s Annie Au (No.11), Wales’ Tesni Evans (No.12) and American Olivia Blatchford (No.13) all remain unchanged, with England’s Emily Whitlock and Australia’s Donna Urquhart both rising a place to round off the top 15.
Elsewhere in the top 20, England’s Victoria Lust remains at No.16, while India’s Joshna Chinappa drop three places to World No.17, Hong Kong’s Joey Chan (No.18) and Egypt’s Salma Hany (No.19) swap places and India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik completes the top 20.
The United States’ Amanda Sobhy – who made her return after a ten month injury lay-off in New York last month – drops two places to No.30.
Germany’s Simon Rösner has returned to a career high World Ranking of No.6 following his J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions victory .
Rösner lifted his maiden PSA World Series title last week in New York to become the first ever German squash player to lift a World Series title.
France’s Gregory Gaultier remains at the top of the Men’s Rankings, with Egyptians Mohamed ElShorbagy (No.2) and Ali Farag (No.3) completing an unchanged top three.
Marwan ElShorbagy (No.4) and Karim Abdel Gawad (No.5) swap places to round off the top five, with the younger ElShorbagy brother claiming a career high ranking this month.
Tournament of Champions runner-up Momen remains at No.7, with England’s former World No.1 Nick Matthew falling two places to No.8.
Mohamed Abouelghar and Diego Elias come next at No.9 and No.10, respectively, to complete the top ten while three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour rises three places to No.11 as he edges closer to a return to the top ten.
New Zealand’s Paul Coll drops two places to No.13 with India’s Saurav Ghosal on the rise this month as he claims a career-high ranking of No.14 – with England’s Daryl Selby completing the top 15.
Former World No.1 James Willstrop and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly both fall three places to No.16 and No.18, respectively. With Spain’s Borja Golan (No.17), Mexico’s Cesar Salazar (No.19) and Cameron Pilley (No.20) all rounding off the top 20.
Men’s World No.8 Simon Rösner and women’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini prevailed on finals day at the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, beating Egyptian duo Tarek Momen and Nour El Tayeb, respectively, under the chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in New York to take one of squash’s most prestigious titles.
Rösner became the first ever German squash player to win a PSA World Series tournament after he followed up a stunning semi-final upset of World No.1 Gregory Gaultier to take an 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5 victory over World No.7 Momen in 71 minutes.
The 30-year-old from Paderborn played with precision and guile to go two games up and then showed the grit and determination that took him to his maiden World Series final in the fourth game as he recovered from dropping the third and become the first non-Egyptian male to win the Tournament of Champions since England’s Nick Matthew in 2012.
“That was the biggest match of my career and to win it is incredible. Coming here this week, I didn’t expect to win the championship.
“But this is what you work for every day. To play on this kind of stage is the reason you wake up, train hard, stay disciplined and go through all of that. And for that to pay off, in New York, in Grand Central Terminal, with the Tournament of Champions title – it’s unbelievable.”
The 22-year-old was appearing in a fifth successive PSA World Tour final, a run which included World Series wins at the Saudi PSA Women’s Masters and Hong Kong Open, but suffered a disastrous start as she took just two points in a one-sided opening game.
Both players then took a game apiece, until El Sherbini came into her own in the final two games to triumph by a 2-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 scoreline and lift her 15th PSA World Tour title and her fifth of the season.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling right now, I cannot describe it,” said El Sherbini.
“I’m extremely happy, I couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2018. I’ve been playing well and this is my fifth final in a row. I worked really hard in the summer and have been trying to enjoy playing when I’m out there and that hard work is paying off right now.
Both players will pocket $24,000 for their victories, with the Tournament of Champions committing to equal prize money for the third year in succession.
Rösner’s victory sees him overtake Momen to go third on the Men’s World Series Standings to all but guarantee himself a top-eight spot, which will see him qualify for June’s PSA World Series Finals.
El Sherbini, meanwhile, has extended her lead on the women’s standings to 105 points over World Champion Raneem El Welily and El Tayeb, who sit in joint 2nd.
Simon Rösner (GER) bt  Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5 (71m)
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt  Nour El Tayeb (EGY) 2-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 (56m)