DUBAI — June 10, 2017. The results of the men and women’s titles at the PSA Dubai Series Finals are enclosed in this article.
Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) and the defending champion Laura Massaro (ENG) have captured the World Series Finals titles in Dubai.
The 2016/2017 PSA Dubai World Series Finals was the final PSA tournament of this season and there has been a ton of exciting gameplay by the men and women of the PSA. From Gregory Gaultier incredible year, Nour El Sherbini’s inspiring rise, Ali Farag’s final victory against the Frenchman, and Camille Serme’s impressive victories — the men and women of the PSA have made this a season to remember.
Dubai World Series Final
The men and women’s final matches at the stunning Dubai Opera have been highly anticipated all year — the WSF is actually the first sporting event to ever take place inside of the Dubai Opera — and this year it saw ElShorbagy and Massaro claim over $40K in prize money after their wins against former World No.1 James Willstrop (ENG) and current World No.1 Nour El Sherbini (EGY), respectively.
The Finals brought the top eight players on the Men’s and Women’s PSA Road to Dubai Standings together — these players were then split into two groups of four, with matches played in a best-of-three games format.
The 16 players (8 men and 8 women) then took to the court to battle for points in order to qualify for the knockout semi-finals, and eventually, beyond. The final was then contested in the regular best-of-five games format.
The Men’s Final
Mohamed ElShorbagy ended a pretty difficult season for himself but still lifted his first World Series Finals crown and his first Tour title since November of 2016. In the final match in Dubai, he beat James Willstrop in straight games 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (57m), and took his 25th overall Tour title to date.
ElShorbagy had the following to say after his win: “To win this tournament has been a dream for so long […] It’s a very emotional win. I lost some confidence in myself during the season but I feel like I bounced back this week. I don’t want to lose. I hate losing. This season I didn’t play with my spirit, but I’m really proud I got that back this week. It was my best squash since being World No.1.”
The match between the Egyptian and the Englishman lasted a long 57 minutes and was hard-fought by both players. Gregory Gaultier (FRA) was highly favored to win the Dubai WSF, but after his immediate loss to Ali Farag early in the tournament, it was the lower seeds in the tourney that prevailed. ElShorbagy was seeded 3 and Willstrop had been seeded 6 in this World Series Finals.
The Women’s Final
Laura Massaro of England, and World No.4, has become only the second woman ever (after Nicol David of Malaysia) to win two World Series Titles, after she defeated Nour El Sherbini (EGY) in straight games.
Massaro appeared in the final of the World Series Finals for a third time in a row and had won one of them and lost one of her final appearances against Raneem El Welily (EGY) and Nicol David (Malaysia), respectively.
The finals saw Massaro and El Sherbini take to the court after meeting earlier in the tournament (El Sherbini won the best-of-three games contest to qualify in Group B — but in the best-of-five games final, Massaro emerged victorious after winning 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 (35m) to capture her 22nd Tour crown.
Massaro had this to say about her win: “I’m really happy with my performance overall. It took a lot of focus, discipline, hard work and I had to keep pushing throughout the whole match. The first two games were really tight and I managed to get that good lead in the third. I’m one of the oldest ones on Tour now and as long as I feel as though I’m still in contention to win titles then I’m happy.
“To be able to win the British Open, to reach the final of the ToC and to win here really makes me think that I’m still in contention and I can still win titles.”
The final match lasted 35 minutes and was an outstanding display between the number 3 seed Massaro and number 2 seed Nour El Sherbini, who are both at the top of their game (and world rankings). In the end, Massaro shut El Sherbini out and took the victory 3-0.
Result – Final: Women’s 2016/2017 PSA Dubai World Series Finals
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
Result – Final: Men’s 2016/2017 PSA Dubai World Series Finals
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt  James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 (57m)