Rankings : Farag and Gohar reclaim World #1 spots

Egyptian duo Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar have reclaimed the World No.1 rankings today, following their El Gouna International title successes last week.

Farag returns to the summit of the PSA Men’s World Rankings for the first time since January. The 31-year old lost top spot to Mostafa Asal at the beginning of this year in part due to a four-month injury layoff because of a knee problem.

However, he has enjoyed a sensational run of recent form which has seen him win four tournaments on the bounce – the British Open, PSA World Championships, Manchester Open and the El Gouna International. His victory over Asal in the El Gouna title decider on Friday guaranteed that he would return to #1 for the fifth time in his career.

Farag will now celebrate a 161st week at the top of the rankings, replacing Peru’s Diego Elias. England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy moves up a spot to No.3, with Asal dropping down two places to No.4. New Zealand’s Paul Coll completes the top five.

Elsewhere, Victor Crouin, Mazen Hesham, and Iker Pajares are all on the rise as they secure joint highest rankings of No.7, No.8 and No.20.

Gohar returns to Women’s World No.1 after losing the spot last month, beating Belgium’s Nele Gilis to win the El Gouna crown after three previous final defeats. It is the third time Gohar has taken the top ranking and this week will be her 75th at World No.1.

“It’s the first time after winning a tournament, so it feels amazing,” said Gohar speaking after her El Gouna win. “With the new weekly ranking system, it’s so nice, you win a tournament on Friday and on Monday you’re World No.1. I don’t like the World No.2 spot beside my name, so I’m happy to be back.”

Previous incumbent Nour El Sherbini falls to #2 after a shock semi-final defeat to Gilis, while Hania El Hammamy, Joelle King and Amanda Sobhy round off the top five.

Gilis’s first PSA World Tour Platinum final has rewarded her with the No.7 position, making her the joint highest ranked Belgian of all time, level with Stefan Casteleyn, who reached No.7 of the men’s rankings in 1999. Gilis remains the highest ranked female Belgian of all time.