World Open (squash)

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World Open
Logo PSA World Open 2.jpg
Details
Event name World Open Squash Championship
PSA World Tour
Category PSA World Open
Prize money $325,000
Most recent champion(s) Egypt Ramy Ashour
Current 2014 Men's World Open Squash Championship
WSA World Tour
Category WSA World Open
Prize money $150,000
Most recent champion(s) Malaysia Nicol David
Current 2014 Women's World Open Squash Championship
Squash
PSA World Championship trophy

The World Open is a squash event which serves as the individual world championship for squash players. The World Open is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious titles in squash, alongside the British Open (which was considered to be the effective world championship of the sport prior to the World Open's establishment). The men's World Open was first held in 1976, and the women's World Open was inaugurated in 1979.

Overview[edit]

Prior to the establishment of the men's World Open, a tournament called the World Amateur Individual Championship was held in the late-1960s and 1970s. The winners of this tournament for male players included some of the game's leading figures such as Geoff Hunt and Cam Nancarrow. However many players and fans did not consider this event to be a proper world championship because several of the game's top players were ineligible to participate as they had turned professional. The British Open had for many years been generally considered to be the sport's effective world championship, and this continued to be the case until the World Open was established.

The women's World Open was held once every two years until the early-1990s, when it became an annual event. The men's event has been held every year since 1979, except for a two-year gap in 2000 and 2001 when it was not held due primarily to difficulties in securing sponsorship.

In recent years, the men's World Open has been part of the PSA World Series.

The venue for the World Open changes every year. Normally the men's and women's events are held separately in two different locations, although on some occasions they have been held together as a combined event.

Ranking points and prize money[edit]

Ranking points[edit]

Ranking points for the PSA and WSA have varied through the years but at present singles players receive the following points:

Position PSA WSA
Champion 2890 5300
Runner-up 1900 3630
Semi-finalist 1155 2150
Quarter-finalist 700 1150
Round of 16 410 575
Round of 32 205 330
Round of 64 125 -
Last Round Qualification 75 170

Prize money[edit]

Prize Money World Championship (2014)
Event W F SF QF R16 R32 R64
Prize money (PSA) $ 45,600 $ 28,500 $ 17,100 $ 9,975 $ 5,700 $ 2,850 $ 1,425
Prize money (WSA) $ 22,950 $ 15,525 $ 9,115 $ 5,400 $ 3,035 $ 1,690 -

Prize money history[edit]

[citation needed]

Year 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Men Location - - - - - -  ENG  AUS -  CAN
Prize money - - - - - - unknown unknown - unknown
Women Location - - - - - -  AUS - -  ENG
Prize money - - - - - - unknown - - $4,750
Year 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Men Location  AUS  CAN  ENG  GER  PAK  EGY  FRA  ENG  NED  MAS
Prize money unknown unknown unknown unknown $30,000 $50,000 $55,000 $30,000 $82,000 $85,000
Women Location -  CAN -  AUS -  IRL -  NZL -  NED
Prize money - $12,500 - unknown - unknown - $30,000 - $40,000
Year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Men Location  FRA  AUS  RSA  PAK  ESP  CYP  PAK  MAS  QAT  EGY
Prize money $110,000 $130,000 $160,000 $120,000 $150,000 $110,000 $130,000 $130,000 $175,000 $170,000
Women Location  AUS -  CAN  RSA  GGY  HKG  MAS  AUS  GER  USA
Prize money unknown - $35,000 $45,000 $64,000 $58,000 unknown $75,000 $70,000 $80,000
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Men Location - -  BEL  PAK  QAT  HKG  EGY  BER  ENG  KUW
Prize money - - $155,000 $170,000 $120,000 $170,000 $152,500 $175,000 $215,000 $277,500
Women Location  SCO  AUS  QAT  HKG  MAS  HKG  NIR  ESP  ENG  NED
Prize money $80,000 $69,000 $102,500 $57,500 $72,500 $72,500 $112,500 $114,000 $114,000 $118,000
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Men Location  KSA  NED  QAT  ENG  QAT  USA TBC
Prize money $327,500 $275,000 $325,000 $325,000 $325,000 $350,000
Women Location  EGY  NED  CAY  MAS  EGY TBC TBC
Prize money $147,000 $143,000 $188,000 $120,000 $150,000 $175,000 $215,000

Past results[edit]

Below are the results for the men's and women's championship.

Men's Championship[edit]

Logo of the PSA World Championship
Year Location Champion Runner-up Score
1976 England London, England Australia Geoff Hunt Pakistan Mohibullah Khan 7–9, 9–4, 8–10, 9–2, 9–2
1977 Australia Adelaide, Australia Australia Geoff Hunt Pakistan Qamar Zaman 9–5, 10–9, 0–9, 9–4
1978 No competition
1979 Canada Toronto, Canada Australia Geoff Hunt Pakistan Qamar Zaman 9–2, 9–3, 9–2
1980 Australia Adelaide, Australia Australia Geoff Hunt Pakistan Qamar Zaman 9–0, 9–3, 9–3
1981 Canada Toronto, Canada Pakistan Jahangir Khan Australia Geoff Hunt 7–9, 9–1, 9–2, 9–2
1982 England Birmingham, England Pakistan Jahangir Khan Australia Dean Williams 9–2, 6–9, 9–1, 9–1
1983 West Germany Munich,West Germany[1] Pakistan Jahangir Khan Australia Chris Dittmar 9–3, 9–6, 9–0
1984 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan Jahangir Khan Pakistan Qamar Zaman 9–0, 9–3, 9–4
1985 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Pakistan Jahangir Khan New Zealand Ross Norman 9–4, 4–9, 9–5, 9–1
1986 France Toulouse, France New Zealand Ross Norman Pakistan Jahangir Khan 9–5, 9–7, 7–9, 9–1
1987 England Birmingham, England Pakistan Jansher Khan Australia Chris Dittmar 9–5, 9–4, 4–9, 9–6
1988 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Pakistan Jahangir Khan Pakistan Jansher Khan 9–6, 9–2, 9–2
1989 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Pakistan Jansher Khan Australia Chris Dittmar 7–15, 6–15, 15–4, 15–11, 15–10
1990 France Toulouse, France Pakistan Jansher Khan Australia Chris Dittmar 15–8, 17–15, 13–15, 15–5
1991 Australia Adelaide, Australia Australia Rodney Martin Pakistan Jahangir Khan 14–17, 15–9, 15–4, 15–13
1992 South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Pakistan Jansher Khan Australia Chris Dittmar 15–11, 15–9, 10–15, 15–6
1993 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan Jansher Khan Pakistan Jahangir Khan 14–15, 15–9, 15–5, 15–5
1994 Spain Barcelona, Spain Pakistan Jansher Khan England Peter Marshall 10–15, 15–11, 15–8, 15–4
1995 Cyprus Nicosia, Cyprus Pakistan Jansher Khan England Del Harris 15–10, 17–14, 16–17, 15–8
1996 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan Jansher Khan Australia Rodney Eyles 15–13, 17–15, 11–15, 15–3
1997 Malaysia Petaling Jaya, Malaysia Australia Rodney Eyles Scotland Peter Nicol 15–11, 15–12, 15–12
1998 Qatar Doha, Qatar Canada Jonathon Power Scotland Peter Nicol 15–17, 15–7, 15–9, 15–10
1999 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Scotland Peter Nicol Egypt Ahmed Barada 15–9, 15–13, 15–11
2000 No competition
2001
2002 Belgium Antwerp, Belgium Australia David Palmer Scotland John White 13–15, 12–15, 15–6, 15–14, 15–11
2003 Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Egypt Amr Shabana France Thierry Lincou 15–11, 11–15, 15–8, 15–14
2004 Qatar Doha, Qatar France Thierry Lincou England Lee Beachill 5–11, 11–2, 2–11, 12–10, 11–8
2005 Hong Kong Hong Kong Egypt Amr Shabana Australia David Palmer 11–6, 11–7, 11–8
2006 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Australia David Palmer France Grégory Gaultier 9–11, 9–11, 11–9, 16–14, 11–2
2007 Bermuda Hamilton, Bermuda Egypt Amr Shabana France Grégory Gaultier 11–7, 11–4, 11–6
2008 England Manchester, England Egypt Ramy Ashour Egypt Karim Darwish 5–11, 11–8, 11–4, 11–5
2009 Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait Egypt Amr Shabana Egypt Ramy Ashour 11–8, 11–5, 11–5
2010 Saudi Arabia Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia England Nick Matthew England James Willstrop 7–11, 11–6, 11–2, 11–3
2011 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands England Nick Matthew France Grégory Gaultier 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5
2012 Qatar Doha, Qatar Egypt Ramy Ashour Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8
2013 England Manchester, England England Nick Matthew France Grégory Gaultier 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-2
2014 Qatar Doha, Qatar Egypt Ramy Ashour Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12
2015 United States Bellevue, United States

Women's Championship[edit]

Year Location Champion Runner-up Score
1976 Australia Brisbane, Australia Australia Heather McKay Australia Marion Jackman 9–2, 9–2, 9–0
1977 No competition
1978
1979 England Sheffield, England Australia Heather McKay England Sue Cogswell 6–9, 9–3, 9–1, 9–4
1980 No competition
1981 Canada Toronto, Canada Australia Rhonda Thorne Australia Vicki Cardwell 8–10, 9–4, 9–5, 7–9, 9–7
1982 No competition
1983 Australia Perth, Australia Australia Vicki Cardwell Australia Rhonda Thorne 9–1, 9–3, 9–4
1984 No competition
1985 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland New Zealand Susan Devoy England Lisa Opie 9–4, 9–5, 10–8
1986 No competition
1987 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand Susan Devoy England Lisa Opie 9–3, 10–8, 9–2
1988 No competition
1989 Netherlands Warmond, Netherlands England Martine Le Moignan New Zealand Susan Devoy 4–9, 9–4, 10–8, 10–8
1990 Australia Sydney, Australia New Zealand Susan Devoy England Martine Le Moignan 9–4, 9–4, 9–4
1991 No competition
1992 Canada Vancouver, Canada New Zealand Susan Devoy Australia Michelle Martin 9–4, 9–6, 9–4
1993 South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Australia Michelle Martin Australia Liz Irving 9–2, 9–2, 9–1
1994 Guernsey St. Peter Port, Channel Islands Australia Michelle Martin England Cassie Jackman 9–1, 9–0, 9–6
1995 Hong Kong Hong Kong Australia Michelle Martin Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald 8–10, 9–2, 9–6, 9–3
1996 Malaysia Petaling Jaya, Malaysia Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald England Cassie Jackman 9–0, 9–3, 9–4
1997 Australia Sydney, Australia Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald Australia Michelle Martin 9–5, 5–9, 6–9, 9–2, 9–3
1998 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald Australia Michelle Martin 10–8, 9–7, 2–9, 3–9, 10–9
1999 United States Seattle, United States England Cassie Campion Australia Michelle Martin 9–6, 9–7, 9–7
2000 Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland New Zealand Carol Owens New Zealand Leilani Joyce 9–6, 9–5, 7–9, 5–9, 9–6
2001 Australia Melbourne, Australia Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald New Zealand Leilani Joyce 9–0, 9–3, 9–2
2002 Qatar Doha, Qatar Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald England Natalie Pohrer 10–8, 9–3, 7–9, 9–7
2003 Hong Kong Hong Kong New Zealand Carol Owens England Cassie Jackman 3–9, 9–2, 9–7, 9–3
2004 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Netherlands Vanessa Atkinson Australia Natalie Grinham 9–1, 9–1, 9–5
2005 Hong Kong Hong Kong Malaysia Nicol David Australia Rachael Grinham 8–10, 9–2, 9–6, 9–7
2006 Northern Ireland Belfast, Northern Ireland Malaysia Nicol David Australia Natalie Grinham 1–9, 9–7, 3–9, 9–5, 9–2
2007 Spain Madrid, Spain Australia Rachael Grinham Australia Natalie Grinham 9–4, 10–8, 9–2
2008 England Manchester, England Malaysia Nicol David England Vicky Botwright 5–11, 11–1, 11–6, 11–9
2009 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Malaysia Nicol David Netherlands Natalie Grinham 3–11, 11–6, 11–3, 11–8
2010 Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Malaysia Nicol David Egypt Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–5, 11–8, 11–6
2011 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Malaysia Nicol David England Jenny Duncalf 11–2, 11–5, 11–0
2012 Cayman Islands Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Malaysia Nicol David England Laura Massaro 11–6, 11–8, 11–6
2013 Malaysia Penang, Malaysia England Laura Massaro Egypt Nour El Sherbini 11–7, 6–11, 11–9, 5–11, 11–9
2014 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Malaysia Nicol David Egypt Raneem El Weleily 5–11, 11–8 , 7–11, 14–12, 11–5
2015

Note:

  • Cassie Jackman was known as Cassie Campion from July 1998 until 2002.
  • Natalie Pohrer was later known as Natalie Grainger.
  • Natalie Grinham switched allegiance to the Netherlands from 2009 onwards.
  • The 2013 edition was held in March 2014.

Records[edit]

[citation needed]

Record Player(s) Count Winning years
Men
Winner of most Men's titles Pakistan Jansher Khan 8 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Winner of most consecutive Men's titles Pakistan Jahangir Khan 5 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
Pakistan Jansher Khan 5 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Women
Winner of most Women's titles Malaysia Nicol David 8 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Winner of most consecutive Women's titles Malaysia Nicol David 5 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Miscellaneous
Loser of most finals (men) Australia Chris Dittmar 5 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992
Loser of most finals (women) Australia Michelle Martin 4 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999
Australia/Netherlands Natalie Grinham 4 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
Lowest-ranked winner (men) Egypt Amr Shabana 11th 2003
Lowest-ranked winner (women) England Cassie Campion 5th 1999
Youngest winner (men) Pakistan Jahangir Khan 17 years (& 11 m.) 1981
Youngest winner (women) New Zealand Susan Devoy 21 years (& 9 m.) 1985
Oldest winner (men) Australia Geoff Hunt 33 years (& 6 m.) 1980
Oldest winner (women) Australia Heather McKay 37 years (& 10 m.) 1979
Longest men's final by points Australia Geoff Hunt vs
Pakistan Mohibullah Khan (in 9 points)
69 1976
Australia David Palmer vs
Scotland John White (in 15 points)
131 2002
Australia David Palmer vs
France Grégory Gaultier (in 11 points)
103 2006
Longest women's final by points Australia Sarah Fitz-Gerald vs
Australia Michelle Martin (in 9 points)
76 1998
England Laura Massaro vs
Egypt Nour El Sherbini (in 11 points)
97 2013
Most venues (men) England England 5 1976, 1982, 1987, 2008, 2013
Most venues (women) Australia Australia 5 1976, 1983, 1990, 1997, 2001

World champions never World No. 1[edit]

[citation needed]

Men (Since 1975)[edit]

Player Number of title Year of first title Highest World ranking
New Zealand Ross Norman 1 1986 (vs.Pakistan Jahangir Khan) 2nd (December 1985)
Australia Rodney Martin 1 1991 (vs.Pakistan Jahangir Khan) 3rd (November 1992)
Australia Rodney Eyles 1 1997 (vs.Scotland Peter Nicol) 2nd (November 1995)

Women (Since 1983)[edit]

Player Number of title Year of first title Highest World ranking
England Laura Massaro 1 2013 (vs.Egypt Nour El Sherbini) 2nd (October, 2012)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squash Event Calendar1983". Squash Info. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

External links[edit]