All four 2013 finalists return to Philadelphia in 2014. (image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

World’s Best Players Confirmed for 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships

All four 2013 finalists return to Philadelphia in 2014. (image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

All four 2013 finalists return to Philadelphia in 2014. (image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

Player entry for the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships is closed as the world's best squash players confirm their spot in the only World Series event to offer prize money parity for men and women. 

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women's Squash Association $115,000 Main Draws will be contested at Drexel University's Daskalakis Athletic Center October 9-18. 

American world No. 15 Amanda Sobhy once again enters the U.S. Open main draw.

American world No. 15 Amanda Sobhy once again enters the U.S. Open main draw.

U.S. Open draws are set to be released Thursday, August 14. 

Reigning champions Nicol David and Gregory Gaultier both return to defend their titles as top seeds in 2014.

In August, just days after becoming the first woman to win two successive Commonwealth Games gold medals, David celebrated her 100th consecutive month as WSA world No. 1. David is also seeded first in two World Series events in August, the Malaysian and Hong Kong Opens. 

The 2013 World Championship title is the only major title since the 2013 U.S. Open to elude David after a shock exit in the semifinals against Egyptian phenom Nour El Sherbini---also entered in the U.S. Open. The 2013 World Championship title belongs to English world No. 2 Laura Massaro, 2013 U.S. Open finalist, and returning second seed in 2014. 

American sisters Amanda and Sabrina Sobhy both enter the main draw together for the first time before qualifying. After reaching the Round of 16 in 2013 and reaching her highest career world ranking of 13 in 2014, Amanda will aim to better her 2013 performance while completing her senior year at Harvard University.

In March, seventeen-year-old Sabrina shocked her older sister in the final of the U.S. Championships to become the youngest U.S. Champion in history. Sabrina, who will represent the United States in August's World Junior Championships, enters the main draw as the Wild Card.

Egypt's Ramy Ashour: 2012 U.S. Open champion, 2013 U.S. Open absentee, 2014 U.S. Open champion?

Egypt's Ramy Ashour: 2012 U.S. Open champion, 2013 U.S. Open absentee, 2014 U.S. Open champion? (image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

French world No. 1 Gregory Gaultier will defend his title as the top seed having won two World Series titles---the 2014 Windy City Open and 2014 British Open---since his second U.S. Open crown in 2013. 

After winning a Commonwealth Gold medal in July, world No. 2 Nick Matthew---2013 U.S. Open runner-up and current World Champion--announced that he would be taking a two-month break from the PSA tour due to the imminent birth of his child. The 2014 U.S. Open will be his first event following his brief hiatus. 

After winning his first U.S. Open title in 2012, then missing the 2013 U.S. Open entirely, former world No. 1 Ramy Ashour returns to Philadelphia in search of a second U.S. Open conquest. 

American Chris Gordon, the 2013 U.S. Champion, occupies the main draw wild card position. 

2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Men's Entry List (first 16 entrants, with world ranking)

(1) Gregory Gaultier [FRA]
(2) Nick Matthew [ENG]
(3) Mohamed Elshorbagy [EGY]
(4) Ramy Ashour [EGY]
(5) Amr Shabana [EGY]
(6) James Willstrop [ENG]
(7) Borja Golan [ESP]
(9) Karim Darwish [EGY]
(11) Simon Rösner [GER]
(13) Omar Mossad [EGY]
(15) Laurens Anjema [NED]
(16) Saurav Ghosal [IND]
(18) Karim Abdel Gawad [EGY]
(19) Mathieu Castagnet [FRA]
(20) Cameron Pilley [AUS]
(21) Stephen Coppinger [RSA]

 

2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Women's Entry List (first 16 entrants, with world ranking)

(1) Nicol David [MAS]
(2) Laura Massaro [ENG]
(3) Raneem El Welily [EGY]
(4) Joelle King [NZL]
(5) Camille Serme [FRA]
(6) Alison Waters [ENG]
(7) Low Wee Wern [MAS]
(8) Nour El Sherbini [EGY]
(9) Annie Au [HKG]
(11) Madeline Perry [IRL]
(12) Omneya Abdel Kawy [EGY]
(13) Jenny Duncalf [ENG]
(14) Rachael Grinham [AUS]
(15) Amanda Sobhy [USA]
(16) Kasey Brown [AUS]
(17) Sarah-Jane Perry [ENG]