Road2Dubai Wide Open As Top Stars Check In At Grand Central
The battle to qualify for a coveted berth at the season-ending Dubai PSA World Series Finals will resume this week when the stars of the PSA World Tour descend on New York for the first World Series tournament of 2017, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, when vital Road To Dubai Ranking points will be on the line.
Following a three-week festive hiatus, the world’s top players will embark on the ToC fresh and ready to produce their very best, and with World No.2 Karim Abdel Gawad the only player in either the Men’s or Women’s Standings to have already accrued over 200 points, the race to Dubai really is on.
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The Men’s Standings see Gawad sit above World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, the 25-year-old who topped last year’s Raod To Dubai Standings, with Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour in their wake. Ashour, however, could see his standing fall after injury prevented him from making the trip to New York this week.
There are 100 points on offer for the tournament winner, while a semi-finalist earns 40 points, meaning good runs towards the latter stages for a plethora of players between Max Lee in joint-sixth and Gregory Gaultier – the 2016 winner who sits in joint 13th – could dramatically change the face of the standings come finals day inside Vanderbilt Hall.
Women’s World No.2 Nouran Gohar and World No.5 Camille Serme are equal on 125 points at the top of the Women’s Standings, narrowly ahead of Nour El Sherbini and Amanda Sobhy in joint third.
Eight-time World Champion Nicol David sits in fifth place, just 25 points – equivalent to a quarter-final finish in New York – ahead of eighth placed Alison Waters, while a host of players including Joelle King, Joshna Chinappa and Sarah-Jane Perry sit on 30 points, knowing a good run this week could see them surge into contention.
Omneya Abdel Kawy, who appeared at the World Series Finals last year, currently sits in 16th position on 25 points and will need to reach the quarter-final at least if she is to come back into contention for a top eight finish on the Women’s Standings.
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