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Squash Stars Illuminate the Bund

September 08, 2015
For the second consecutive year, the Palace Suite terrace on the 11th floor of The Peninsula Shanghai welcomed the world’s best men and women squash players in September. The 2015 Stars on the Bund: China Squash Open enabled hotel guests and sports fans, plus TV viewers in China and worldwide, to enjoy thrilling matches set against the magnificent backdrop of the Bund, Huangpu River and Pudong skyline. 

The largest World Tour squash event ever staged in China, the Stars on the Bund: China Squash Open is sanctioned by both the Professional Squash Association and the Women’s Squash Association. From 4-6 September, the quarter finals, semi finals and the final of the men’s and women’s tournaments were hosted in a river-view glass court on the hotel terrace. This photogenic venue is recognised by the players as among the world’s most spectacular tournament locations. 

Squash is an exciting racket sport played by 20 million people in 185 countries. Hosting the 2015 China Squash Open at The Peninsula Shanghai continues the sport’s objective of taking top-class tournaments into the heart of leading global cities. International squash tournaments have been played beside Hong Kong Harbour, at the O2 Arena in London and even among the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. The World Squash Federation has also launched a campaign for squash to be accepted as a full medal sport in the Olympic Games.

The men’s final of the 2015 China Squash Open saw France’s world number three Gregory Gaultier take the title by beating Egypt’s world number 10 ranked Marwan El Shorbagy. In the closely fought women’s final, Egyptian world number one Raneem El Welily defeated 18-year-old emerging superstar Nouran Gohar to win the trophy.