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Strongest Field in Oracle NetSuite Open History Set to Descend on San Francisco
August 09, 2018 By Chris McClintick no Comments
The player entry list for the 2018 Oracle NetSuite Open has been confirmed with Egyptian reigning world champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily headlining the men’s and women’s events, respectively, and the strongest field in tournament history set to descend on San Francisco, September 27-October 2.
The Oracle NetSuite Open boasts one of the most unique and eye-catching venues in squash and this year celebrates its seventh year held on Embarcadero Plaza, which is located on the spectacular San Francisco waterfront in front of the famous Ferry Building.
Defending champion ElShorbagy will appear alongside world No. 2 Ali Farag in the men’s draw, which boasts eight of the world’s top 10, including British Open champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Tournament of Champions winner Simon Roesner, and past Oracle NetSuite Open champions Gregory Gaultier and Ramy Ashour, who will join the battle for honors at the PSA World Tour Gold tournament.
In the women’s tournament, El Welily makes her first ever appearance at the event and competes in a draw full to the brim with world-class players, including 2016 winner Laura Massaro, defending champion Sarah-Jane Perry and the player she beat in the final, Nicol David.
Perry’s title-winning displays last October made up for a runner-up finish at the 2015 installment, where she lost to United States favorite Amanda Sobhy. Sobhy missed last year’s tournament due to an achilles injury but she makes her return this year to join compatriot Olivia Blatchford in the draw of the PSA World Tour Silver women’s event.
The Oracle NetSuite Open is one of the most highly-anticipated tournaments on the PSA World Tour and offers in excess of $200,000 worth of prize money across both draws.
The prestige of the tournament and the lucrative prize purse has helped draw in stars from across the world, with seventeen different nationalities represented across both the men’s and women’s events.