2022 Draws Released
Coll and Gohar look to capture first El Gouna International titles as draws released
World Number Ones Paul Coll and Nouran Gohar will look to win their first El Gouna International titles when the final PSA World Tour Platinum event of the season takes place from 27th May to 3rd June at the El Gouna Marina.
This will be the tenth edition of the El Gouna International, having first come onto the calendar in October 2010 – with a women’s event following in 2018 – and all but one of the winners have been Egyptian, with Frenchman Gregory Gaultier’s 2017 victory proving the exception.
Coll will look to join Gaultier, and reached the final here last year where he went down to Mohamed ElShorbagy, who captured his second El Gouna crown after a 3-0 win. Both players feature again this year, with Coll facing a tough task in his first match of the tournament in round two as he faces World No.10 Mazen Hesham. The pair have met three times on the PSA World Tour previously, with the New Zealander winning all three tricky encounters in over an hour.
ElShorbagy is the event’s No.3 seed this year and has been in the final four times in his career, losing out in two epic finals with compatriot Ramy Ashour and winning the other two. He will play the winner of Shahjahan Khan and Cesar Salazar in his opening match in round two.
2019 Champion Ali Farag is the No.2 seed and will be looking to close the gap between himself and the World No.1 spot. The World No.2 will play the winner of England’s Adrian Waller and France’s Auguste Dussourd in round two and is seeded to meet dangerous compatriot Youssef Ibrahim in round three.
In the women’s event, Gohar has reached the final in the past two years but is yet to pick up the El Gouna International title. The 24-year-old has reached the final in her last nine major PSA events, winning four of those, and will face Canada’s Hollie Naughton in her opening match after both players receive a bye in round one.
2021 winner Nour El Sherbini enters the event as No.2 seed and will be looking to pick up the 29th title of her illustrious career. The current World Champion missed the recent British Open and Manchester Open through injury but returns to El Gouna for the fourth time and will play the winner of compatriots Mariam Metwally or wildcard Zeina Zein in her first match.
No.3 seed Hania El Hammamy, who recently picked up her first British Open title by beating Gohar in the final, will be looking to repeat that performance and pick up back-to-back Platinum wins for the first time. El Hammamy will await the winner of wildcard Haya Ali or Hana Ramadan, who play in round one.
An entertaining all-Egyptian clash will take place in round one as former World No.3 Nour El Tayeb will take on World No.26 Farida Mohamed for a place in round two. El Tayeb has won the only two meetings between the two but Mohamed has shown much improvement since those matches back in 2020. The winner will set up a round two clash with No.8 seed Rowan Elaraby.
Alongside the $360,000 in total player prize compensation, players will also battle to qualify for June’s CIB PSA World Tour Finals. The World Tour Finals bring together all the winners of PSA Platinum events as well as the reigning PSA World Champions. The other spots go to the highest-ranked players on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings, with eight places available in both the men’s and women’s events.