Men’s : ElShorbagy cuts the gap
ElShorbagy Cuts the Gap on Farag in June PSA Men’s Rankings
World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy has cut the gap between him and World No.1 Ali Farag in the battle for top spot after the former’s triumph at the El Gouna International Squash Open last week.
The 30-year-old is now in prime position to challenge Farag for the spot he has now held for eight months in succession and a fascinating battle for the coveted World No.1 spot looks set to play out at the remaining events left in the 2020-21 season.
Farag, meanwhile, makes it 19 months at World No.1 in total, which sees him draw level with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew in terms of total length at top spot. The pair sit in joint tenth, one place behind current World No.23 Gregory Gaultier.
World Champion Tarek Momen stays at No.3 ahead of New Zealand’s Paul Coll, while Marwan ElShorbagy completes the top five.
The rest of the top 10 is made up of Karim Abdel Gawad, Fares Dessouky, Diego Elias, Joel Makin and Miguel Rodriguez.
The only movers in the rest of the top 20 are Frenchman Gregoire Marche – who moves up to a joint career-high ranking of No.14 courtesy of a quarter-final finish in El Gouna – and Egypt’s Mazen Hesham, who drops a spot to No.15 as a result.
The biggest mover this month is Hong Kong’s Andes Ling, who rises 183 places after reaching the quarter-finals of the Chairman Cup last month. Meanwhile, Egypt’s Roger Baddour, who appeared as a wildcard in El Gouna, rises 172 places to No.224.
Women’s : Hania returns to pop five
Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy has broken back into the top five in the PSA Women’s World Rankings for June .
The 20-year-old made it to the semi-finals of the El Gouna International Squash Open last week, where she was felled by eventual winner Nour El Sherbini in a nail-biting five-game thriller. It’s a joint career-high ranking for El Hammamy who had spent April and May outside of the top five.
Meanwhile, El Sherbini has recorded her eighth consecutive month at World No.1 after collecting the El Gouna title and she sits ahead of runner-up Nouran Gohar, World No.3 Nour El Tayeb and World No.4 Camille Serme.
USA’s Amanda Sobhy and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry drop a spot to No.6 and No.7 as a result of El Hammamy’s rise, while New Zealand’s Joelle King, Egypt’s Salma Hany and Wales’ Tesni Evans complete the top 10.
Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby is on the rise as she moves up two spots to a career best ranking of No.12, with USA’s Olivia Clyne and Belgium’s Nele Gilis both dropping a solitary place.
The other movement in the top 20 sees USA’s Sabrina Sobhy drop out and she is replaced by national teammate Olivia Fiechter, who rises four places to reach the top 20 for the first time.
Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk is the biggest mover on the women’s tour this month. The18-year-old has risen 107 places to reach No.114 in the rankings after she won her first PSA Challenger Tour title at the Chairman Cup 2 in May. Kaitlyn Watts of New Zealand has also enjoyed a significant move up the rankings, rising 107 places to No.127 on account of winning both the Waikato Open and the Panmure Tecnifibre Open in May.