Egyptian looks forward to more success in 2017
By SEAN REUTHE
Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy has become only the third Egyptian in history to spend a whole year at the summit of the PSA Men’s World Rankings after he maintained the World No.1 position in the December Rankings which were released today (December 1st).
The hard-hitting 25-year-old enjoyed one of the most dominant spells in his career in the early stages of the year, winning four World Series tournaments in as many months – including a second title win at the prestigious Allam British Open – to consolidate his place on top of the World Rankings, where he has broken the record for the highest ever points average on three occasions inside the past 12 months.
“I’m really proud to end the year with my name up there alongside Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashour after such an achievement,” said ElShorbagy.
“2016 has been a great year for me and I would like to thank my team for being able to keep me strong to stay fit enough to do that for a whole year. But now it’s time to focus on 2017 and I am looking forward to more exciting matches.”
ElShorbagy is followed by compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad, who sits at a career-high No.2 ranking after a stunning November in which he captured the sport’s biggest prize – the PSA Men’s World Championship title – and lifted a maiden World Series crown at the Qatar Classic, beating ElShorbagy en route to both wins. These triumphs followed a spectacular success in front of the Pyramids near his home town of Giza.
Elsewhere, Frenchman Gregory Gaultier drops down to No.3, while Nick Matthew, Ramy Ashour and Marwan ElShorbagy move up to No.4, No.5 and No.6, respectively, with the latter switching places with Ali Farag, who drops to No.7.
The 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad falls to No.8 after suffering with his early-season form and Mathieu Castagnet and Simon Rösner round out the top 10.
After claiming a second PSA World Tour title at last week’s CCI International in Mumbai, Fares Dessouky has been elevated to a career-high No.14 position, while Daryl Selby’s World Series semi-final finish in Qatar – the first time he has reached that stage since 2012 – has seen him move up four places to No.15.
Tarek Momen and Miguel Angel Rodriguez fall out of the top 10 to No.11 and No.13, respectively, with former World No.1 James Willstrop dropping to No.15. Max Lee (No.18), Ryan Cuskelly (No.19) and Chris Simpson (No.20) hold the final three spots inside the top 20.
PSA Men’s World Rankings Top 20 – December 2016:
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