French star breaks Egyptian monopoly on top three
By SEAN REUTHE
France’s Camille Serme has broken back into the top three of the PSA Women’s World Rankings for the first time since January 2018.
Créteil-based Serme, 30, reached the final of the prestigious Allam British Open final last week and, despite losing out to Egypt’s Nouran Gohar, has risen a spot to break up an all-Egyptian top three for the first time since February.
Egyptian duo Raneem El Welily and Nour El Sherbini stay at No.1 and No.2, respectively, for a seventh successive month, while Gohar’s title-winning exploits in Hull a week ago have seen her move up three places to No.4, which is the 21-year-old’s highest ranking since March 2017.
Nour El Tayeb completes the top five after dropping two places, while New Zealand’s Joelle King falls out of the top five to No.6. England’s Sarah-Jane Perry also drops a place to No.7, while Amanda Sobhy and Tesni Evans are at No.8 and No.9 respectively. Hong Kong’s Annie Au rises a place to complete the top 10.
English duo Alison Waters (No.11), Victoria Lust (No.12), India’s Joshna Chinappa (No.13), Hania El Hammamy (No.15) are all on the rise, with Salma Hany staying at No.14.
Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David – who will appear in the rankings for the final time this month after making her last professional appearance at the British Open – moves up two spots to No.16. Egypt’s Yathreb Adel drops a spot to No.17, while Hong Kong’s Joey Chan rises to No.18.
Belgium’s Nele Gilis makes history as the first female Belgian player in history to break the top 20 after moving up five spots to No.19 courtesy of a run to the British Open quarter-finals. United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford Clyne completes the top 20.
PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20 – June 2019 .
Report by SEAN REUTHE (PSA PR and Media Manager). Edited by ALAN THATCHER.
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