El Tayeb breaks back into top three
The PSA Women’s World Rankings will once again feature an Egyptian top three after Nour El Tayeb moved up two places to World #3 to sit behind compatriots Raneem El Welily and Nour El Sherbini.
El Tayeb had a successful September, beating World #1 El Welily to win the J.P. Morgan China Open title at the beginning of the month, before reaching the final of the Oracle NetSuite Open, which ultimately ended in defeat to the same opponent last night.
She moves ahead of France’s Camille Serme, who won the Open de France last month, and British Open champion Nouran Gohar, who are the other two players to feature in the top five.
The rest of the top tenis unchanged, with New Zealand’s Joelle King (#6), England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (#7), America’s Amanda Sobhy (#8), Wales’ Tesni Evans (#9) and Hong Kong’s Annie Au all retaining their places.
Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy moves up four places to #11 after reaching semi-finals at both the China Open and Open de France last month, while a semi-final finish for Joshna Chinappa in San Francisco is enough to send her up a spot to #12.
Coll returns to top five
New Zealand’s Paul Coll has moved up a spot to a joint career-high World #5 ranking in the PSA Men’s World Rankings for October.
Coll, 27, made a winning start to the 2019/20 season last month as he defeated Welshman Joel Makin to capture the Open de France title, marking his 14th PSA trophy.
The Greymouth man, known on tour as ‘Superman’ for his incredible feats of athleticism, rises ahead of Germany’s Simon Rosner, who drops down to #6.
Further up the rankings, back-to-back title wins at the J.P. Morgan China Open and Oracle NetSuite Open have seen Egypt’s World #2 Mohamed ElShorbagy cut the gap between himself and World #1 Ali Farag to 341 points.
ElShorbagy has spent 40 months atop the World Rankings during his career, but surrendered that mantle to Farag in March of this year, and has been playing catch-up ever since.
ElShorbagy defeated Farag in the final of the China Open, and followed that up by defeating World #3 Tarek Momen in last night’s San Francisco final. Karim Abdel Gawad, who will make his first appearance of the season at this month’s U.S. Open, takes the other spot inside the top five.
Meanwhile, Peru’s Diego Elias moves up to a career-high No.7 ranking, and is followed by Mohamed Abouelghar at #8 and Miguel Rodriguez at #9. Marwan ElShorbagy ends a six month absence from the top 10 at the expense of India’s Saurav Ghosal, who drops a place to #11.