Article by Kristi Maroc
Player lists have been released for the 2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, revealing that all of the world’s top ten men and women will be competing in this year’s event!
With every major star in the squash world heading to Philadelphia to compete for the prestigious title, the U.S. Open is certain to conjure up an abundance of skillful and exhilarating squash battles among the best of the best.
The confirmed player list includes the world’s greatest competitors such as skillful Englishman James Willstrop (#1), his compatriot Nick Matthew (#2), feisty Frenchman Gregory Gaultier (#3) and captivating Egyptian Ramy Ashour (#4), as well as last year’s U.S. Open winner, Amr Shabana from Egypt (#6), who has also won four World Open titles in his lustrous career.
All will have a long and challenging road to make it through to the final deciding match and take home the grand prize on October 12, and with the bar set so high it’s anyone’s guess who the champion will be.
No one wanted to miss out on their shot at the U.S. Open title in the women’s draw, with all ten of the world’s top 10 ranked women showing up to compete for the crown. The draw includes the powerful Nicol David (#1) from Malaysia who is yet to win a U.S. Open title in her astounding career history of 63 professional titles to date, as well as Egyptian sensation Raneem El Weleily (#2) who recently made a big jump into the top of the rankings, last year’s defending champion from England Laura Massaro (#3), and athletic Aussie Kasey Brown (#8) who toppled Nicol David at last year’s U.S. Open to make the final.
After an off season to prepare, and big prize money up for grabs, all players will be looking to bring their finest game to the center stage in October to progress through the challenging draws.
The U.S. Open forms part of the 2012 World Series for both the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women’s Squash Association (WSA), and offers $185,000 in combined prize money.