El Sherbini back to World #1 in Women’s World Rankings
Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini has today gone back to the summit of the PSA Women’s World Rankings for the first time since November 2018 following her final victory over previous #1 Nouran Gohar at the CIB Egyptian Open two weeks ago in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
With 32 months spent at the top of the rankings, El Sherbini – who turns 25 today – is the fifth-longest reigning World #1 in the history of the women’s game, behind only Nicol David, Susan Devoy, Michelle Martin and Sarah-Fitz Gerald.
After falling to El Sherbini in the Egyptian Open title decider, Gohar has seen her four-month reign at World #1 come to an end. She is joined in the top five by Nour El Tayeb, who moves up a spot to overtake France’s Camille Serme, while 20-year-old Hania El Hammamy moves into the top five for the first time in her career.
England’s Sarah-Jane Perry drops out of the top five to #6 and sits ahead of USA’s Amanda Sobhy at #7. New Zealand’s Joelle King, Wales’ Tesni Evans and Egypt’s Salma Hany complete the top 10.
India’s Joshna Chinappa remains at #11, while Belgium’s Nele Gilis moves up to a career-high #12 ranking following her quarter-final finish at the Egyptian Open. USA’s Olivia Clyne drops to #13, with Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby rising two spots to a career-high #14 ranking.
Yathreb Adel falls two places to #15, while England’s Alison Waters drops a spot to #16. Nadine Shahin, Tinne Gilis and Nada Abbas stay at #s 17, 18, and 19.
The final spot in the top 20 is taken by Canada’s Hollie Naughton, who rises two places to reach a career-high ranking.
Soutb Africa’s Teagan Leigh Roux has enjoyed the biggest movement on the women’s tour, rising 81 places to World #227. She is followed by Egypt’s Amira Elrefaey, who has gone up 37 spots to #252.
Farag reclaims Men’s World #1 spot
Egypt’s Ali Farag has reclaimed the World #1 spot, after losing it in January 2020.
Farag, the 28-year-old Harvard-graduate, captured the CIB Egyptian Open title in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza a fortnight ago and his run to the final in Cairo saw him end rival Mohamed ElShorbagy’s nine-month reign at the top of the World Rankings.
ElShorbagy drops down to #2 but will have the opportunity to retake top spot if he wins the Qatar Classic – which starts today in Doha – and Farag fails to reach the final of the Platinum event.
Meanwhile, World Champion Tarek Momen has gone back up to World #3 at the expense of fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad, who misses out on Qatar due to injury. New Zealand’s Paul Coll completes the top five.
CIB PSA World Tour Finals winner Marwan ElShorbagy rises to #6, which is his highest ranking since December 2018. He switches places with Peru’s Diego Elias, who drops down to #7, while Germany’s Simon Rosner stays at #8.
The other movements in the top 10 see Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez rise a spot to #9, switching places with Welshman Joel Makin.
Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar rises a place to #11, with Fares Dessouky going the other way, while India’s Saurav Ghosal remains at #13.
World Junior Champion Mostafa Asal is rewarded with his run to the Egyptian Open semis with a four-place increase to a career-high #14. Mazen Hesham (#15), Omar Mosaad (#16) and Gregoire Marche (#17) all fall a spot, while former World No.1 James Willstrop moves up two places to #18.
Zahed Salem falls two places to #19, while Adrian Waller completes the top 20.
Qatar’s Abdulrahman Al-Malki is the biggest mover on the men’s tour in November, rising 257 places to World #354 following a runner-up finish at the QSF 3 Open last week.