Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag with the 2023 British Open trophies.
Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag with the 2023 British Open trophies.

Farag & ElSherbini Return To Birmingham To Defend British Open Titles

Defending champions Ali Farag and Nour ElSherbini have been named as the top seeds for the British Open 2024, taking place from 2-9 June. An all-glass show court will again be erected in Birmingham’s Rep Theatre, with play also coming from the Edgbaston Priory Club for the first two rounds.

Women’s top seed ElSherbini captured last years title in great style, beating Nouran Gohar in straight games to claim a third British Open trophy. The 28-year-old has been in great form this season and will be aiming to claim a seventh win of the 2023/24 campaign. The World No.1 also has a chance to claim revenge over Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam early in the competition as that match up takes place in round two after the pair receive opening round byes.

Now World No.3 Hania El Hammamy is the No.2 seed for the event, looking to claim a first British Open title of her career. The Egyptian was forced to withdraw from the recent El Gouna International but will be determined to return in strong style and claim a first title of 2024. El Hammamy will need to be at her best from the start as she takes on compatriot and World No.10 Rowan Elaraby in her opening match in round two.

After picking up back-to-back World Tour titles in El Gouna, No.3 seed Nouran Gohar is the in-from player heading into this years British Open. ‘The Terminator’ defeated Nour ElSherbini in a best of five match for the first time since October 2022 in the final, which will give the former World No.1 bags of confidence as she looks to claim a second British Open title. Gohar will open her campaign in round two against either Katie Malliff or Emily Whitlock.

Belgium’s Nele Gilis completes the top four seeds as she enters this year’s event at her highest seeding position of No.4. The 27-year-old’s best finish in a British Open came back in 2019, where she defeated sister Tinne to reach the quarter finals, ranked 29 in the world at the time. Now situated in the World’s top four, Gilis will be looking to achieve her seeding and give herself a shot at reaching a second Platinum event final.

Men’s top seed Ali Farag produced an unbelievable performance in last year’s championships, where not only did he win his first British Open title, but did so whilst fasting. Since last year’s victory, Farag has reached the final in all but one of the fifteen events that he has played in, winning in ten of those finals. The World No.1 recently claimed his 40th PSA win in El Gouna but will be thirsty for more as he heads to Birmingham looking to defend his title. He’ll take on the winner of Leandro Romiglio and Omar Mosaad in round two.

Two-time British Open champion Paul Coll is the No.2 seed for the event this year, looking to claim a sixth title of the season and cement his position as World No.2. Coll is one of only two players to beat Farag this season and looks to have taken his game up a level in an attacking sense. Coll recently lost out to former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad in the El Gouna International but may have the chance to claim revenge as the pair are set to meet again in the quarter finals if the seedings go to plan. The New Zealander will face the winner of Nicolas Mueller and George Parker in his first match in round two.

It was during last years British Open that Peruvian Diego Elias achieved his childhood dream to become World No.1. The 27-year-old was guaranteed to rise to the summit after Gawad downed Mohamed Elshorbagy in round three. Despite the obvious distraction, Elias managed to reach the final but couldn’t top off the momentous week as he lost to Farag in four games. Elias now finds himself at World No.4 and hasn’t claimed a title over Silver level yet this season. He’ll be hoping to regain his form from last year to put a strong week together in Birmingham and silence the critics.

The man who has most recently overtaken Elias is No.4 seed Mostafa Asal. Also a former World No.1, Asal has returned to form in recent months, showing the quality that everyone knows he is capable of. The 22-year-old won the Florida Open in January and followed that up with a win at the Black Ball Squash Open as well as runner-up finishes at the London Classic and El Gouna International. The Egyptian has been changing the way he plays under the guidance of former Commonwealth Gold Medalist James Willstrop, a partnership that looks to be exactly what Asal needed. The World No.4 finds himself in the same half of the draw as No.2 seed Coll and will still have the London Classic final in is mind as he seeks revenge.

Torrie Malik and Asia Harris are the women’s wildcards this year whilst Simon Herbert and Jonah Bryant claim the spots in the men’s draw. Bryant is one of England’s top prospects, currently ranked No.72 in the world and has already claimed six titles on the Challenger Tour this season, most recently the Irish Open in Dublin. The quartet will all be hoping to score round one upsets to gain valuable ranking points.

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Women’s Draw:
[1] Nour ElSherbini (EGY) bye
[9/16] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bye
[9/16] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bye
Salma Eltayeb (EGY) v [17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bye
Alicia Mead (ENG) v [17/32] Lucy Beecroft (ENG)
[17/32] Lucy Turmel (ENG) v Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[8] Olivia Weaver (USA) bye
[5] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bye
Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) v [17/32] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
[17/32] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v Hana Moataz (EGY)
Nour Aboulmakarim (EGY) v [17/32] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[9/16] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bye
[17/32] Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [WC] Asia Harris (ENG)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
[3] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye
Katie Malliff (ENG) v [17/32] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
[17/32] Melissa Alves (FRA) v Malak Khafagy (EGY)
Ka Yi Lee (HKG) v [17/32] Tomato Ho (HKG)
[17/32] Aifa Azman (MAS) v [WC] Torrie Malik (ENG)
Aira Azman (MAS) v [17/32] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY)
[17/32] Georgia Adderley (SCO) v Kenzy Ayman (EGY)
[6] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) bye
[7] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bye
Marie Stephan (FRA) v [17/32] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
[17/32] Tesni Murphy (WAL) v Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
[9/16] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
[9/16] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Grace Gear (ENG) v [17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[2] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bye

Men’s draw:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
Leandro Romiglio (ARG) v [17/32] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[17/32] Auguste Dussourd (FRA) v Rory Stewart (SCO)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [17/32] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[17/32] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Farkas Balazs (HUN)
Curtis Malik (ENG) v [17/32] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
[17/32] Iker Pajares (ESP) v Leung Chi Hin Henry (HKG)
[8] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) bye
[17/32] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
[WC] Jonah Bryant (ENG) v [17/32] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) bye
Timothy Brownell (USA) v [17/32] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
[9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
[3] Diego Elias (PER) bye
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bye
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v [17/32] Nick Wall (ENG)
[9/16] Marwan Elshorbagy (ENG) bye
[WC] Simon Herbert (ENG) v [17/32] Leonel Cardenas (MEX)
[17/32] Adrian Waller (ENG) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bye
[17/32] Greg Lobban (SCO) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
[7] Mohamed Elshorbagy (ENG) bye
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
Juan Camilo Vargas (COL) v [17/32] Nathan Lake (ENG)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bye
[9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY) bye
[9/16] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) v [17/32] Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
[17/32] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v George Parker (ENG)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bye