Women's Squash Association
|Women's Squash Association
|Sport||Women's Professional squash|
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Chief Exec||Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer|
|Director|| Anneli McDonald (Tour Director)
|Sponsor||Dunlop, Ashaway, ASB Squash Courts|
|Current World Tour|
The Women's Squash Association (WSA) is the governing body for the women's professional squash circuit and the Women's world rankings. It is based in London, England. The body operates in a similar fashion to the WTA for tennis. The WSA World Tour involves over 100 tournaments annually all over the globe. Over 250 players are registered with the WSA and rankings are updated monthly based on players' performances.
- Rising Star (Women’s Under 19 age World, Regional and National Opens which offer ranking points to Full, Regional and Rising Stars members).
- Challenger (Events with $500 - $3,999 that provide limited world ranking points and very flexible formats and arrangements)
- Super Challenger (Regional and National Closed Championships featuring prize money of $4,000+, for which Tour 5 ranking points will be offered).
- WSA Tour Tournaments :
WSA Tour 15 ($15,000 - $24,999) WSA Tour 10 ($10,000 - $14,999) WSA Tour 5 ($5,000 - $9,999)
- WSA Silver & Gold Tournaments :
WSA Gold 50 ($50,000 - $59,999) WSA Silver 35 ($35,000 - $49,999) WSA Silver 25 ($25,000 - $34,999)
- World Series (The WSA World Series is a select group of high profile squash tournaments easily recognised. They offer the largest prize money and attract the majority of the world's best players) :
WSA World Series Platinum - $80,000 WSA World Series Gold - $60,000
- World Open (This is the ultimate tournament on the World Tour and to become World Champion is regarded the highest pinnacle of competitive achievement amongst WSA players. With a 32-man draw).
Every year, the top eight performers from the various World Series events gather for the WSA World Series Finals. The eight players are separated into two groups of four, and play a round robin. The top two from each group advance to the semifinals (1st WSA1 vs. 2nd WSA2 and 1st WSA2 vs. 2nd WSA1). The winner of the event is crowned World Series champion.
The goals of the association are to:
- Enable more players to consider a career in professional squash economically viable through the development of a world tour;
- Produce and publish world rankings;
- Increase exposure for the sport and its players;
- Encourage professionalism among its members;
- Raise the administrative standards at events;
- Increase the level of support and advice offered to promoters; and
- Improve communication and relationships with other squash organizations and the press.
The association was founded in 1983 as the Women's International Squash Players Association (WISPA).
The men's squash game is governed by the Professional Squash Association (PSA).
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