The women’s World Open squash championships will not be held this year for the first time since the introduction of the event in 1991.

After much speculation on the absence of World Open on the 2013 calendar, the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) has expressed its inability to organise a world meet this year.

The WSA has also sent an email to tour players, informing them about the decision.

“The WSA is extremely disappointed to announce that there will not be a women’s world championships in 2013. Having pursued all options we have reached a point where it is no longer feasible to expect the event to take place this year,” said Suzie Pierrepont, WSA’s Acting Tour Director and Director for North America.

“However, we believe it is in the best interests of our players and the sport that we look at other solutions. We are currently exploring the option of hosting the event in early 2014,” Pierrepont added.

World No.1 woman squash player Nicol David of Malaysia will thus retain her title she won in the Cayman Islands last year.

A last minute bid to have Egypt (Soho Club in Sharm El Sheikh), which hosted the 2010 edition, organise the world meet in mid-December also fell through.

The WSA has proposed to hold the world meet next March for the calendar year 2013, before having another world meet for 2014 later in the year.

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