The Oracle NetSuite Open begins Thursday September 23 as the PSA World Tour Gold tournament returns to San Francisco’s Squash Engine Court, after a year's hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s prize pot totals $242,000 – split equally between the men’s and women’s events – which represents the joint largest fund in the tournament’s history.
The tournament, which uses best-of-three scoring until the final, when it switches to best of five, has once again attracted a strong lineup. Top seed and defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy headlines the men’s draw alongside fellow Egyptian and World No.1 Ali Farag, while newly crowned Egyptian Open champion Nouran Gohar and the USA’s Amanda Sobhy are the top seeded women.
You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.
Top seeds Nouran Gohar (left) and Amanda Sobhy (right).
Should Sobhy beat World No.14 Nadine Shahin in the first round, she will potentially play an all-American quarter final when she faces the winner of the match between Wales’ Tesni Evans and the USA’s Olivia Fiechter.
If Sobhy and Fiechter crash out, the USA’s hopes for a home winner in the women’s draw rest with Amanda's sister Sabrina, who faces a tough match against New Zealand’s No.5 seed Joelle King, and World No.12 Olivia Clyne, who plays Egypt’s 21-year-old World No.5 Hania El Hammamy.
Elsewhere, English 2018 winner and No.3 seed Sarah-Jane Perry faces Egypt’s 21-year-old World No.10 Rowan Elaraby, Wales’ Emily Whitlock faces India’s Joshna Chinappa, Canada’s Danielle Letourneau plays Egypt’s Salma Hany, and Gohar meets Canada’s Hollie Naughton.
Mohamed ElShorbagy (left) beat Tarek Momen (right) 3-2 in the final of the last edition.
In the men’s draw, ElShorbagy and Farag play all-Egyptian first round matches, facing Mohamed Abouelghar and Omar Mosaad respectively.
The sole American in the men’s draw is wildcard Spencer Lovejoy. For Lovejoy, progressing beyond the first round will prove a significant achievement, as the 23-year-old World No.80 faces World No.4 and 2019 runner up Tarek Momen.
Elsewhere, New Zealand’s British Open champion and No.4 seed Paul Coll faces Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim, Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy faces France’s Gregoire Marche, Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez plays Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad, Egypt’s Mazen Hesham plays compatriot Mostafa Asal and Wales’ Joel Makin plays India’s Saurav Ghosal.
Oracle NetSuite Open Men’s Draw:
Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v  Paul Coll (NZL)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v  Mostafa Asal (EGY)
 Joel Makin (WAL) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v [WC] Spencer Lovejoy (USA)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v  Ali Farag (EGY)
Oracle NetSuite Open Women’s Draw:
 Joelle King (NZL) v Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v  Salma Hany (EGY)
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)
Olivia Clyne (USA) v  Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
 Tesni Evans (WAL) v Olivia Fiechter (USA)
Emily Whitlock (WAL) v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
Nadine Shahin (EGY) v  Amanda Sobhy (USA)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Rowan Elaraby (EGY)