World class squash descends on Chicago this week for the prestigious 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family between February 23 – March 2 with action LIVE on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and DAZN (Japan only).
The tournament will see the best men’s and women’s players in the world battle it out at Chicago’s Union Station for the ultimate prize in squash – to be crowned World Champion.
World No.1 and reigning World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy leads the draw and will face tough competition from the likes of compatriot and World No.2 Ali Farag, who will replace ElShorbagy at the top of the World Rankings in March.
Farag has been in strong form so far this season, including winning last month's Tournament of Champions, and provides one of the biggest threats to ElShorbagy's crown.
World No.3 Tarek Momen, World No.4 Simon Rösner and former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad will also be just a few of the big names battling it out for the men’s title when the tournament kicks off in Chicago.
Momen is enjoying the best season of his career to date, moving up to a career-high World Ranking of No.3 and also picking up two trophies. ‘The Viper’ will start his tournament against United States’ home hope Todd Harrity.
Germany’s Rösner will look to make a charge against the Egyptian hierarchy when he takes on Egypt’s Omar Mosaad in round one, as he searches for a maiden PSA World Championship title.
Former World No.1 Gawad, meanwhile, looks to have regained his form following his imperious win at the Black Ball Open in December and could be one to watch going into this month’s tournament.
Meanwhile, in the women’s draw, World No.1 and reigning World Champion Raneem El Welily headlines the draw and will start her title defence against South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller.
She is followed in the draw by two-time winner Nour El Sherbini, who started 2019 in style when she claimed January’s Tournament of Champions crown. Other big contenders for the women’s crown include World No.3 Joelle King, who claimed her maiden platinum crown at the Hong Kong Open last year and will look to make a mark in Chicago.
World No.4 Nour El Tayeb will also be in action. The Egyptian fell just short of reaching the final last season after losing out to El Sherbini in the semi-finals and she will start her tournament against Malaysia’s Rachel Arnold. While, fellow 2017 semi-finalist France’s Camille Serme will open against England’s former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf.
Home hope comes in the form of World No.10 Amanda Sobhy and compatriot Olivia Blatchford Clyne. The two Americans will start against England’s Julianne Courtice and Canada’s Hollie Naughton, respectively, and could face each other in round two of the tournament.
Coverage begins at 12:00 local time (UTC-6) on Saturday February 23, when Malaysia’s Arnold and Egypt’s El Tayeb face each other.
SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player & DAZN Schedule: January 2019 – June 2019
2018/19 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family: February 23 – March 2
Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic: March 10-15
Black Ball Squash Open: March 11-15
Grasshopper Cup: March 26-31
DPD Open: April 9-14
El Gouna International Squash Open: April 17-26
European Team Championships: May 1-4 (SQUASHTV only)
Manchester Open: May 9-13
Allam British Open: May 20-26
PSA World Tour Finals: June 18-22 (Provisional dates, subject to change)
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For fans living in Europe, subscriptions must be made to Eurosport Player.
- Early rounds are exclusive to SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player only. Semi-finals and finals from World Series tournaments, the World Championships and selected other tournaments will be shown on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player and multiple broadcasters around the world..