2022-23 PSA Men’s World Tour Highlights

July 05 2023

The 2022-23 PSA World Tour season concluded with a remarkable tally of 33 World Tour events, featuring a diverse array of 20 distinct players who claimed championship titles. Throughout the season, spectators were treated to an extraordinary display of skill and determination, witnessing breathtaking matches and awe-inspiring performances across numerous captivating tournaments. The PSA reflect on another memorable and record-breaking season by recognising some of the exceptional individuals who stood out as the true stars of the PSA Men’s World Tour.

Ali Farag of Egypt, the reigning World No.1 and World Champion, confronted one of the most demanding seasons in his illustrious career during the 2022-23 campaign. Overcoming a setback caused by an injury, he faced the arduous task of reclaiming the ranking points lost due to his absence from competition.

Commencing the season with a disappointing performance in Qatar, the World Champion swiftly rebounded at the Egyptian Open, where he triumphed over Paul Coll in a captivating final to seize the second Platinum event of the season. Farag's momentum continued as he advanced to the final of the U.S. Open, but unfortunately, a knee injury forced him to withdraw from the match, allowing Diego Elias to claim victory. Still plagued by physical issues, the World No.1 opted out of the Grasshopper Cup, only resurfacing on the tour at the Pittsburgh Open in February.

Gradually easing himself back into competition, Farag astounded spectators with an exceptional showcase of squash skills when the British Open returned to Birmingham. Despite adhering to the demands of Ramadan, Farag masterfully navigated the tournament, slicing through the draw and ultimately defeating the newly crowned World No.1, Diego Elias, in a captivating four-game final, thus capturing the historic title.

Building on his newfound momentum, Farag proceeded to compete in the paramount event of the calendar, the PSA World Championships, with the aim of securing his fourth championship. Once again, the 31-year-old delivered a dazzling performance throughout the week, culminating in a final showdown against his compatriot, Karim Abdel Gawad. For the returning Gawad, it proved to be a challenge too formidable, as Farag emerged victorious in straight games, successfully defending his World title.

The winning streak persisted for Farag, who claimed both the Manchester Open and the El Gouna International titles, extending his unbeaten run to an impressive 22 matches. Notably, this streak also included a semi-final appearance in the PSA World Tour Finals.

PSA World Tour Titles Won: 5
PSA World Tour Finals Reached: 6
PSA World Tour Matches Played: 44
PSA World Tour Titles Matches Won: 36 (81.8%)

Mohamed ElShorbagy, known as 'The Beast,' embarked on his impressive 17th season on the PSA Tour with great anticipation.

The Englishman wasted no time showcasing his dominance, commencing the season with a resounding victory at the Qatar Classic, defeating Victor Crouin in the final. The first half of the season proved to be a triumph for ElShorbagy, as he secured an impressive tally of four titles out of the seven events he participated in. Following his triumph in Qatar, he continued his winning streak by conquering the NetSuite Open, New Zealand Open, and Singapore Open. These victories propelled the former World No.1 into contention for the coveted top spot in the second half of the season.

Despite a setback in New York, ElShorbagy swiftly bounced back to his winning ways in Egypt, clinching the Black Ball Open Gold event. His triumph not only thwarted Diego Elias's bid for the top spot but also intensified the focus on the British events that would ultimately determine who would emerge victorious. However, ElShorbagy's aspirations were hampered by a minor adductor injury, preventing him from performing at his absolute best when it mattered most.

In the subsequent tournaments, namely the British Open, World Championships, and El Gouna International, the 2017 World Champion found himself on the losing end of three hard-fought 3-2 matches against Karim Abdel Gawad and Mostafa Asal. Nonetheless, ElShorbagy displayed his tenacity by reaching the semi-finals at the World Tour Finals.

With an impressive tally of five titles and a closely contested battle for the World No.1 spot, 'The Beast' continues to prove himself as a formidable force on the men's tour, even in the face of a younger generation of players.

PSA World Tour Titles Won: 5
PSA World Tour Finals Reached: 6
PSA World Tour Matches Played: 54
PSA World Tour Titles Matches Won: 42 (77.8%)

Diego Elias of Peru showcased exceptional consistency and growth throughout the 2022-23 PSA World Tour season, displaying an elevated level of skill and maturity. The 26-year-old attributed his success to a rigorous pre-season fitness regimen, which undoubtedly paid off.

Although the season began with some setbacks, including narrow 3-2 defeats against Tarek Momen, Paul Coll, and Marwan ElShorbagy, Elias hit his stride at the U.S. Open in Philadelphia. He delivered outstanding performances, triumphing over Joel Makin and Mohamed ElShorbagy with commanding 3-0 victories to secure the title. A stroke of luck came his way when Ali Farag had to withdraw after a single point, granting Elias his second Platinum title.

Following a runner-up finish at the Singapore Open, Elias reached another Platinum final in Hong Kong, initially appearing poised to clinch his third Platinum win after taking a commanding 2-0 lead. However, Mostafa Asal had different plans, mounting a remarkable comeback to spoil Elias' hopes. Nonetheless, Elias entered the new year with renewed determination, swiftly claiming victory at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

The Peruvian's success continued with a remarkable hat-trick of titles, triumphing in two Silver events at the Pittsburgh Open and Motor City Open while only dropping three games across both tournaments. Elias now stood on the cusp of achieving the top-ranking in the world for the first time in his career. Although Mohamed ElShorbagy denied him at the Black Ball Open, Elias encountered difficulties at the Canary Wharf Classic and Optasia Championships, possibly due to the mounting pressure.

However, Karim Abdel Gawad's victory over ElShorbagy at the British Open in May ensured that Elias would rise to the pinnacle of the rankings, becoming the first South American male player to achieve this milestone. Although Elias reached the final, he fell short against Ali Farag in four games. While Gawad played a significant role in Elias' ascent, he denied Elias a place in the PSA World Championships semi-finals in Chicago, prevailing in a hard-fought four-game match.

Elias continued to impress with a semi-final and final appearance at the El Gouna International and CIB PSA World Tour Finals, bringing his total finals tally for the season to eight. Undoubtedly, this has been the most exceptional season of Elias' career thus far, and with his youth on his side, it is certain that even greater achievements lie ahead for the highest-ranked South American player in history.

PSA World Tour Titles Won: 4
PSA World Tour Finals Reached: 8
PSA World Tour Matches Played: 63
PSA World Tour Titles Matches Won: 49 (77.7%)

Mostafa Asal, known as 'The Raging Bull,' entered the latest season with high expectations following his impressive performance in the previous year. When he let his squash skills speak for themselves, he demonstrated his ability to claim multiple significant titles.

Asal commenced the season with two strong semi-final appearances at the Qatar Classic and the Egyptian Open, where he faced his idol, Mohamed ElShorbagy, and Ali Farag, respectively. Returning to Philadelphia to defend his U.S. Open crown, Asal encountered an unfortunate incident as he accidentally hit Lucas Serme in the head with the ball, resulting in his disqualification from the event.

However, Asal quickly bounced back, making a resounding statement at the Grasshopper Cup. Slicing his way through the draw, he triumphed over Marwan ElShorbagy in a convincing 3-0 victory to claim the title. While an injury prevented him from facing Diego Elias in Singapore, Asal showcased his resilience in the subsequent event in Hong Kong. Despite trailing 2-0, he made an emphatic comeback, securing the next three games and his third Platinum event title.

Asal's triumph in Hong Kong presented him with an opportunity to attain the coveted World No.1 ranking in Houston. The 21-year-old seized the moment in a rather controversial manner, defeating Marwan ElShorbagy in the semi-finals and ultimately overcoming Mohamed ElShorbagy, the older brother, to claim the title.

Following this achievement, Asal experienced a relatively disappointing period in subsequent events, by his own high standards. He was unable to participate in the British Open due to a suspension and suffered semi-final defeats to eventual winner Ali Farag in the PSA World Championships and the El Gouna International. However, Asal regained his top form at the PSA World Tour Finals, securing the title for the third time.

Throughout the season, Asal showcased his immense talent and determination, confirming his status as one of the rising stars of squash. While he faced challenges and setbacks, his ability to bounce back and claim major victories demonstrated his potential for even greater success in the future.

PSA World Tour Titles Won: 4
PSA World Tour Finals Reached: 5
PSA World Tour Matches Played: 46
PSA World Tour Titles Matches Won: 36 (78.2%)

Victor Crouin, in his inaugural full season on the professional tour following his graduation from Harvard last year, wasted no time in announcing his arrival with authority.

Right from the onset, Crouin showcased his talent at the Bronze-level Zed Squash Open, where he impressively advanced to the final, albeit falling short to Egypt's Youssef Soliman in the ultimate showdown.

Undeterred by the setback, the Frenchman continued to leave his mark on the circuit. At the prestigious Platinum-level Qatar Classic, Crouin embarked on a remarkable journey, defying the odds as an unseeded player. Along the way, he conquered formidable opponents such as Joel Makin, Patrick Rooney, Abdulla Al Tamimi, and Tarek Momen, ultimately securing a spot in his first-ever Platinum final. Although he succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Mohamed ElShorbagy, his performance was nothing short of exceptional.

Crouin's sensational run continued as he reached the championship match on his home turf at the Bronze-level Open de France, making it his third consecutive World Tour final appearance. The determined No.4 seed emerged victorious in a thrilling 3-2 encounter against Egyptian top seed Marwan ElShorbagy, finally clinching a title.

Following his triumph in Nantes, Crouin's success carried over to other tournaments. He clinched another Bronze title at the Squash On Fire Open and advanced to the final of the Bronze-level Canadian Open. Additionally, he showcased his prowess by reaching the semifinals of the Silver-level New Zealand Open and claiming victory at the Challenger Tour 30 Chicago Open.

With an impressive breakthrough season, Crouin has ascended into the top 10, attaining a career-high ranking of No.7. As he sets his sights on the future, the talented player will undoubtedly be aiming to add more silverware to his collection in the months ahead.

In summary, Victor Crouin's arrival on the professional squash tour has been nothing short of remarkable. With notable final appearances, a significant victory on home soil, and a meteoric rise in the rankings, he has firmly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. The squash world eagerly awaits his continued success and the potential for further triumphs in the near future.

What a remarkable tweleve months the 2022-23 season proved to be for Mazen Hesham! While his talent has always been unquestionable, the Egyptian virtuoso has truly made his mark on the squash scene in recent seasons, gracing the sport's grandest stages.

However, this year holds a special place in the journey of 'the Falcon'. Overcoming his injury woes, Hesham has showcased his electrifying style of play with newfound consistency.

The pinnacle of his resurgence was witnessed at the Bronze-level Malaysian Open. In a display of sheer brilliance, Hesham exhibited his resilience by staging a remarkable comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the final against Tarek Momen. The victory marked his first title triumph since the 2015 Houston Open, a significant achievement after a seven-year gap.

Building on this success, Hesham continued his charge by reaching the finals of the Silver-level Motor City Open and the Bronze-level Hong Kong Football Club Open. Additionally, he delivered exceptional performances in the semifinals of the prestigious Platinum-level British Open, as well as two Gold-level events: the Houston Open and the Optasia Championships. Notably, the latter victory included an impressive 3-2 win over Ali Farag.

With his resurgence, the question now looms: Can 'the Falcon' soar to even greater heights this year?

In summary, Mazen Hesham's journey over the past year has been one of triumph and resurgence. Casting aside his injury setbacks, he has showcased his immense talent and thrilled audiences with his captivating style of play. With recent victories and consistent performances, Hesham has laid the foundation for continued success and has fans eagerly anticipating the possibility of him reaching new heights in the near future.

Youssef Soliman, playing in his eighth season on the professional squash tour, experienced a year that will be etched in his memory forever.

The start of the season proved to be a remarkable triumph for the talented 26-year-old  Egyptian at the prestigious Zed Open. Competing on his home turf in Cairo, Soliman showcased his exceptional skills and clinched his maiden World Tour title. His path to victory included impressive victories over Rui Soares, Moustafa El Sirty, Raphael Kandra, and Victor Crouin, leaving no doubt about his dominance at the Bronze-level event.

Building on this resounding success, Soliman continued to shine throughout the season. He showcased his unwavering determination by reaching the quarterfinals in two highly competitive Platinum events. Furthermore, his remarkable journey led him to the final of the esteemed Gold-level Optasia Championships, where he narrowly missed out on the title to the former World No.1, Karim Abdel Gawad.

March through May proved to be a particularly memorable period for Soliman, as he achieved his highest-ever World Ranking of World No.11. This significant milestone speaks volumes about his relentless pursuit of excellence and his unwavering ambition to break into the elite top ten rankings.

With Soliman's unwavering drive and exceptional talent, there is no doubt that he will continue to captivate audiences with his remarkable performances on the squash court. Keep a close eye on this rising Egyptian star as he pushes the boundaries and strives for greatness.

Aly Abou Eleinen, a rising star in the world of professional squash, has experienced a remarkable surge in the rankings over the past year. From his position as World No.61 in July 2022, he has swiftly climbed the ladder to reach an impressive ranking of World No.21 in just twelve months.

Prior to the commencement of the season's first major tournament, the Zed Open in Egypt, Eleinen's exposure to the World Tour was limited. He had participated in only two World Tour events, both as a wildcard entrant in El Gouna. His invitations to the prestigious Platinum tournament in 2021 and 2022, along with occasional appearances in Challenger or Satellite events, comprised his modest professional record.

However, this season has witnessed Eleinen's seamless transition into a regular fixture on the World Tour stage. He has graced twelve events on the calendar, while also seizing victory in a Challenger 20 event and reaching the final in another, showcasing his growing prominence and adaptability.

Among Eleinen's notable accomplishments this season, he achieved commendable last 16 finishes at both the World Championships and the El Gouna International. Additionally, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the Silver-level Oracle Netsuite Open, further solidifying his presence among the elite players.

Renowned for his lightning-fast movements on the court and remarkable recovery abilities, the 23-year-old athlete undoubtedly aims to leave a lasting impact during the crucial stages of tournaments, setting his sights on breaking into the coveted top 20 rankings.

The 2022/23 season brought with it the customary array of surprises and upsets on the PSA World Tour, the most notable on the men's circuit being the Qatar Classic, the prestigious Platinum event held at the Khalifa International Complex in Doha.

Forty-eight men descended upon the venue, eager to commence the season on a high note. Given that many players had refrained from participating in the CIB ZED Open, the Qatar Classic served as the first competitive outing for several players since the previous season's conclusion. Could this lack of match practice present an opportunity for unforeseen outcomes?

In a remarkable upset on his home turf, Qatar's top-ranked player, Abdulla Al Tamimi, triumphed over the second seed and World No.2 Paul Coll 9-11 11-9 16-14 9-11 11-7 in an exhilarating 94 minute battle during the tournament's second round. This marked only the second instance in twenty events that Coll failed to reach at least the quarterfinals. Al Tamimi, meanwhile, advanced to the quarter-finals, achieving his best-ever finish in a Platinum event at the age of 29.

The surprises continued the following day in Qatar as former British Open Champion, Miguel Rodriguez, secured only his second career victory over the top seed and World No.1 Ali Farag. Despite trailing 2-1 in the match, the resilient 'Colombian Cannonball' consistently forced Farag into extended rallies, eventually wearing him down. In a contest that stretched over an hour, Rodriguez sealed a magnificent 72-minute 13-11 5-11 6-11 11-8 11-8 victory to leave Farag stunned and propelling himself into the quarter-finals.

With both top seeds ousted before the quarter-finals, the tournament provided an opportunity for other players to make their mark. Seizing this chance with aplomb was France's Victor Crouin. Displaying some of the finest squash of his career, Crouin overcame Joel Makin in the second round before defeating Patrick Rooney and Abdulla Al Tamimi. In the semi-finals, Crouin defeated Tarek Momen on the very court where the Egyptian had clinched his world title, but ultimately fell short in a four-game final against Mohamed ElShorbagy.

The highly anticipated J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is renowned for its propensity to deliver surprising outcomes and earlier this year the event witnessed another enthralling spectacle, with the "Colombian Cannonball," Miguel Rodriguez, showcasing his prowess in toppling the third seed and the formidable World No. 1 contender Mohamed ElShorbagy 6-11 12-10 11-9 11-5.

Rodriguez's victory over ElShorbagy held profound significance, as their previous encounter resulting in Rodriguez's triumph took place in the 2018 British Open final, where he secured his sole major event title. Against the backdrop of the illustrious Grand Central chandelier, Rodriguez added another remarkable triumph over the mighty "Beast" to his illustrious career.

In a thrilling encounter, Rodriguez stunned ElShorbagy with a commanding 3-1 victory, battling through intense gameplay. Despite conceding the first game, Rodriguez showcased unwavering determination, turning the tables on ElShorbagy by clinching a closely fought second game. Building on this momentum, the Colombian maestro continued to dominate, securing the third game with another resolute display and with his confidence soaring, unleashed his full repertoire of skills in the final game, sealing the captivating 52 minute victory.

Rodriguez's performance under the grandeur of the Grand Central chandelier enthralled fans and competitors alike, reminding us of his exceptional talent and ability to shine on the grandest stage. As the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions unfolded, spectators eagerly anticipated further extraordinary displays of athleticism, fully aware that in the world of squash, unforgettable moments await at every turn.

In a stunning display at this year's PSA Optasia Championships, England's Charlie Lee emerged victorious, defying all expectations after securing a wildcard spot. The 25-year-old showcased his prowess early on by claiming a significant victory over Raphael Kandra in the first round. However, what followed was nothing short of extraordinary, as he faced off against his fellow countryman, the renowned Mohamed ElShorbagy.

Despite ElShorbagy's status as England's top-ranked player, he seemed to falter on the day, and Lee was quick to capitalise on this opportunity. With an aggressive approach and impeccable precision in his shots, Lee managed to overcome the formidable ElShorbagy. After a closely contested battle, Lee clinched two nail-biting games, both ending with an 11-9 scoreline, securing the most significant triumph of his career to date, defeating his fellow Englishman 11-9 8-11 11-9 11-9 in 46 minutes.

In a masterful demonstration of skill and determination, Charlie Lee's performance at the championships was truly exceptional, leaving the squash world in awe of his talent. The victory over his compatriot ElShorbagy is sure to be remembered as a historic moment in his career, setting the stage for even greater achievements in the future.

In another enthralling matchup at the championships, the 'Falcon' Mazen Hesham managed to break a six-year winless streak against the reigning World Champion, Ali Farag. Hesham had struggled against Farag in the past, with just one victory in twelve previous encounters dating back to 2015. However, this time, Hesham displayed a remarkable level of play, showcasing his dynamic skills and peak form.

The relatively unheralded Egyptian sensation proved to be a force to be reckoned with, relentlessly finding ways to exploit Farag's weaknesses across the entire court. Although Farag was still making his way back from an injury, he acknowledged later that he had allowed Hesham too many opportunities to capitalize on with his clever angles of attack.

Despite facing a tough challenge, Hesham took an early lead, winning the first two games. But Farag, showing his champion's spirit, fought back valiantly and managed to level the score at 2-2. The momentum swung back and forth, keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Ultimately, in a nail-biting fifth game, Hesham held his nerve and emerged victorious with a 66 minute 11-5 11-7 9-11 1-11 12-10 victory to secure his place in the semi-finals.

This incredible triumph could potentially mark a turning point in Hesham's career, proving that he has what it takes to compete with and defeat some of the sport's most formidable opponents. All eyes will be on Hesham in the coming season as he looks to back his extraordinary skills with a newfound confidence on the court.

Karim Abdel Gawad, the former World Champion, defied all odds and expectations with his remarkable comeback to the squash circuit in the 2022/23 season. Sidelined for a grueling nine months due to injury, many doubted whether he would ever regain his former glory. However, Gawad silenced the skeptics with a triumphant return that left the squash world in awe.

His resurgence began with a significant victory at the PSA Optasia Championships, marking his first event win in over a year. Building on this momentum, Gawad continued to impress with a quarter-final finish at the prestigious PSA British Open. But it was at the PSA World Championships where he truly shone, demonstrating his sheer physicality and skill on the grandest stage of them all.

Throughout the tournament, Gawad displayed a vintage performance, defeating top-tier opponents such as Youssef Soliman, Marwan ElShorbagy, Diego Elias, and even his compatriot Mohamed ElShorbagy. His exceptional run culminated in a gripping final, where he faced off against the talented Ali Farag.

Although Gawad narrowly missed out on clinching the PSA World Championship title, his journey from a nine-month hiatus to yet another final appearance was nothing short of extraordinary. Nicknamed 'The Baby-Faced Assassin', he proved that his tenacity and determination know no bounds.

As the squash world celebrates Gawad's awe-inspiring comeback, fans and competitors alike eagerly anticipate his future performances. Undoubtedly, his enduring spirit and unyielding dedication to the sport will continue to leave a lasting impact on the world of squash.

Such surprising outcomes add an extra layer of excitement and unpredictability to the sport, captivating fans and reminding us that in squash, anything can happen.

In the thrilling 2022/23 PSA World Tour season, squash enthusiasts were treated to a series of remarkable matches that showcased the world's top players vying for prestigious titles across the globe which has culminated in some standout moments from the season.

The PSA Open De France Final proved to be a sensational clash in Nantes, featuring French favourite Victor Crouin up against the seasoned Marwan ElShorbagy.

The home crowd rallied behind Victor Crouin, who displayed spectacular squash, pushing Marwan ElShorbagy to his limits. The match went the distance, captivating spectators with its intensity. In a dramatic conclusion, Crouin delivered stunning winners to claim a hard-fought victory of 11-6 9-11 11-6 8-11 12-10 over ElShorbagy, securing his first PSA World Tour title win on his home turf.

Another enthralling final was witnessed at the PSA Hong Kong Squash Open, where Mostafa Asal clashed with Diego Elias. Elias, brimming with confidence from his triumph at the PSA US Squash Open, faced a determined Asal, dubbed the 'Raging Bull.'

Diego Elias dominated the initial two games, appearing unstoppable. However, Asal, despite facing controversy, mounted a remarkable comeback, winning the subsequent three games. The match concluded with Moustafa Asal securing a triumphant 6-11 6-11 12-10 11-9 11-4 victory to secure his third major PSA World Tour title.

The PSA Black Ball Squash Open semi-final, hosted in Egypt, featured an epic showdown between Mohamed ElShorbagy and Diego Elias. Elias, aiming to claim the World No.1 spot for the first time, had to face the formidable former World No.1 and World Champion, Mohamed ElShorbagy.

The match witnessed thrilling exchanges, with both players displaying exceptional skills. In a nail-biting fifth game, Elias earned the first match point at 10-9, raising hopes of a monumental victory. However, ElShorbagy showcased his resilience, clinching the next three points in dramatic fashion to reach the final, shattering Diego Elias's dreams of victory.

The GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Squash Classic semi-final featured a gripping encounter between World Champion Ali Farag and Paul Coll.

Despite Ali Farag returning from an injury break, he showcased his top-level squash against the formidable Coll, captivating the knowledgeable London crowd. Each game was a closely contested affair, with both players demonstrating precision and relentless determination. After losing the first game, Farag displayed extraordinary resolve to claim a grueling second game 19-17. However, this exertion took a toll, and Coll seized the opportunity to close out the match in four games, with both players receiving a standing ovation for their exceptional performance.

In a thrilling showdown at the British Open in Birmingham, two former World Champions, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad, clashed in the third round. The intense encounter between these two seasoned players lived up to its reputation of always producing fascinating matches. As the game progressed to the later stages of the fifth game, there was still nothing to separate them. However, it was Gawad who emerged victorious this time, winning 7-11 11-6 11-8 7-11 11-9 in 76 minutes.

Interestingly, Gawad's win had significant implications beyond the match itself. The result propelled Peru's Diego Elias to the prestigious World No.1 ranking for the first time in his career, a remarkable achievement for the Peruvian player.

In a riveting showdown at the PSA World Championships in Chicago, Egyptian squash stars Mohamed Abouelghar and Tarek Momen clashed in an intense battle for a coveted spot in the quarter-finals. Mohamed Abouelghar, making a triumphant return after a year-long absence due to a knee injury, faced off against the formidable 'The Viper' Tarek Momen, both driven by an unwavering determination to emerge victorious.

The match lived up to its billing as one of the most fiercely competitive encounters of the entire season, with both players leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of glory. The court bore witness to a display of sheer skill, tenacity, and strategy, captivating the audience's attention from start to finish.

As the game progressed, it became evident that neither competitor was willing to back down. Momen's resilience during crucial moments proved to be a key factor as he managed to secure a narrow 2-1 lead after two closely contested tiebreaks. In the decisive fifth game, Momen unleashed his prowess, asserting dominance and leaving an indelible mark on the outcome of this thrilling all-Egyptian battle, winning 4-11 13-11 12-10 9-11 11-6 in 87 minutes.

The match's intensity and the quality of play demonstrated by both athletes underscored the level of talent and competitiveness in the world of squash. With such enthralling encounters gracing the PSA World Championships, fans were treated to a spectacle that showcased the very essence of the sport's allure and excitement.

Throughout the 2022/23 season, these thrilling matches showcased the true spirit of squash, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the future battles that await on the PSA World Tour.