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Squash - 16. June 2020.

El Sherbini Named PSA Player of the Year

El Sherbini has been named the PSA Female Player of the Year for the third time following a season which saw her win two PSA World Tour titles and reach the final of all four tournaments she competed in.


 

A knee injury kept El Sherbini out of action until October but, in her first PSA World Tour event in four months, she stunned the squash world when she toppled World No.1 Raneem El Welily in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza to capture her fourth PSA Women’s World Championship trophy on the day of her 24th birthday.

 

El Sherbini also overcame El Welily to win the Windy City Open trophy in March, while she achieved runner-up finishes at the Tournament of Champions and Black Ball Open, the latter of which was the final women’s PSA World Tour event to be held before the tour suspension.

 

El Welily, the 2018/19 PSA Female Player of the Year, finished second. The 31-year-old held onto her World No.1 ranking for the entirety of the season and won the Oracle NetSuite Open, as well as reaching finals at the PSA Women’s World Championship, China Open and the Windy City Open.

 

For the fourth year in a row El Welily won the women’s PSA Spirit of Squash Award. The award is voted for by PSA players and is presented to the players who best demonstrated true sportsmanship during the season. The men's award went to Ali Farag, who wins it for the fourth time in five years.



he Tournament of Champions was also the scene for the newly-created PSA Moment of the Season award, which went to France’s Camille Serme after a spell-binding run inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal saw her beat the world’s top three players - El Welily, Nouran Gohar and El Sherbini - to capture her first major trophy in three years.

 

That match with Gohar was voted by squash fans as the the PSA Women’s Match of the Season, while Serme also won the PSA Women’s Shot of the Season award. Germany’s Raphael Kandra won the PSA Men’s Shot of the Season.

 

This year also saw the creation of two new awards to celebrate outstanding achievement on the PSA Challenger Tour, with Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas and Canada’s Danielle Letourneau being crowned the inaugural PSA Challenger Tour Players of the Year.

 

Cardenas won titles at the Kelowna Open and Securian Open throughout the 2019/20 season, as well as achieving runner-up finishes at three other events. Meanwhile, Letourneau claimed a trio of title wins - Seattle Open, Calgary Open and Queen City Open.

 

The final award, the PSA Services to Squash award, went to former World Squash Federation (WSF) Media Director Howard Harding. The award was presented by the PSA Foundation in recognition of his outstanding commitment and service to the sport over 20 plus years.

 

Harding had served as WSF Media Director since 1996 before standing down earlier this year, while he also held a similar role at both the PSA and the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) until 2014.

 

PSA Male Player of the Year

Winner: Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)

Runner-up: Paul Coll (NZL)

 

PSA Female Player of the Year

Winner: Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

Runner-up: Raneem El Welily (EGY)

 

PSA Male Young Player of the Year

Winner: Mostafa Asal (EGY)

Runner-up: Victor Crouin (FRA)

 

PSA Female Young Player of the Year

Winner: Hania El Hammamy (EGY)

Runner-up: Nouran Gohar (EGY)

 

PSA Challenger Tour Male Player of the Year

Winner: Leonel Cardenas (MEX)

Runner-up: Vikram Malhotra (IND)

 

PSA Challenger Tour Female Player of the Year

Winner: Danielle Letourneau (CAN)

Runner-up: Sabrina Sobhy (USA)

 

PSA Men’s Spirit of Squash Award
Winner: Ali Farag (EGY)

 

PSA Women’s Spirit of Squash Award
Winner: Raneem El Welily (EGY)

 

PSA Services to Squash

Awarded to Howard Harding

 

PSA Men’s Shot of the Season

Winner: Raphael Kandra (GER)

 

PSA Women’s Shot of the Season

Winner: Camille Serme (FRA)

 

PSA Men’s Match of the Season

Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-1 Ali Farag (EGY) - 2020 Canary Wharf Classic Final

 

PSA Women’s Match of the Season

Camille Serme (FRA) 3-2 Nouran Gohar (EGY) - 2020 Tournament of Champions Semi-Final

 

PSA Moment of the Season

Camille Serme (FRA) - Tournament of Champions Victory

 

Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy collected the PSA Young Female Player of the Year award after beating El Sherbini to win her maiden PSA Platinum tournament at the Black Ball Open. The 19-year-old also claimed a notable semi-final finish at the PSA Women’s World Championship, coming from two games down to stun World No.4 Camille Serme in the last eight.


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