The Allam British Open took place at the O2 in May, where England’s Nick Matthew triumphed over the Egyptian Ramy Ashour to win 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 in 49 minutes. The women’s final was won by the Malaysian Nicol David who won her 16-year-old opponent, Nour El Sherbini, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 in 33 minutes. Next year’s Allam Open will move north to Hull.
After a break from major events in June & July the PSA (men) and WSA (women) World Tours kick back into life with top-class action ‘down-under’.
The Australian Open will take place in Canberra in mid-August and will feature Ramy Ashour & Nicol David as headline acts. Some of the girls will then move onto New Zealand for the Matamata Open before heading back through Asia for the CIMB Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpar. The latter is the third World Series event on the World Tour and Nicol David will look to maintain her domination in her native Malaysia.
The PSA tour also takes in Kuala Lumpar but at their International 50 level before both sexes then focus on the Delaware Investments US Open in Philadelphia in early October.
The US Open is both PSA and WSA World Series and will attract the top 20 players from both tours plus some lower ranked players keen to make inroads in to the top echelon.
The event is already shaping up to be one of the events of the year, and will be a coveted title for both winners.