The group stage of the 2016/17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals ended on the third day of competition of this season-ending tournament taking place in the Dubai Opera.
The World Series Finals brought together the top eight players on the Men’s and Women’s PSA Road to Dubai Standings. They were split in two groups of four, with matches played in a best-of-three games format. Players battled for points in each match to qualify for the knockout semi-finals.
In group A, Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad finished at the 1st place.
Gawad began the tournament with a defeat to the German Simon Rösner, but, after winning over 2010 finalist Nick Matthew and his compatriot Marwan ElShorbagy, the World No.1 goes ahead of Rösner in the group due to a higher games won percentage.
Simon Rösner is the first German ever to qualify for the semi-final stage of the PSA World Series Finals.
The German had one defeat against World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy in the event.ElShorbagy was first at the beginning of the day but, after going down 11-7, 12-10 to Gawad, will not join his brother Mohamed in the semi-finals.
“It’s huge, just qualifying for this tournament was a huge success for me,” said Rösner.
Group B saw an incredible match from Egypt's Ali Farag who defeated World n°1 Grégory Gaultier. However, the World No.5 lost out to Mohamed ElShorbagy and England’s James Willstrop.
World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy topped Group B ahead of Willstrop and is alone in maintaining a 100 per cent record with his three wins.
The Englishman won against Farag and Gaultier to qualify in second rank for the semi-finals.
For the semi-finals, Mohamed ElShorbagy will face Simon Rösner and World Series Finals debutant Gawad will clash with Willstrop for a place in the final.
Group A saw top seed Camille Serme won against Alison Waters. World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar defeated World No.2 Raneem El Welily.
Camille Serme holds a 100 per cent victory record after she beat World Championship runner-up Raneem El Welily to make it three wins out of three.
World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar is the other player from Group A to make it through to the last four after she overcame England’s Alison Waters.
The Women’s event in Group B saw World Champion Nour El Sherbini earn her place in the knockout stages at the expense of England’s Sarah-Jane Perry after she recovered from a game down to beat last year’s winner Laura Massaro. The egyptian finished second in Group B behind Massaro due to the Englishwoman’s superior games won percentage.
El Sherbini’s games won percentage is higher than that of Perry’s, which means Perry’s 2-1 win over two-time winner Nicol David wasn’t enough to make it in the semi-finals.
El Sherbini will go up against French World No.3 Camille Serme and Nouran Gohar will face the 2016 winner, Laura Massaro.
22:00, local hour.
-  Camille Serme (FRA) v  Nour El Sherbini
- follow on  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v  James Willstrop (ENG)
- follow on  Nouran Gohar (EGY) v  Laura Massaro (ENG)
- follow on  Simon Rösner (GER) v  Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)