By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent
Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby has broken into the top 10 of the PSA Women’s World Rankings for the first time.
The 21-year-old from Alexandria reached the quarter-finals of the Allam British Open last month and has been rewarded with a two-place rise to a career-high No.10 ranking.
Meanwhile, world champion Nour El Sherbini will enjoy a 42nd month at World No.1.
El Sherbini, 25, enjoyed a successful 2020-21 campaign, winning four out of five tournaments including the World Championship and British Open, where she beat World No.2 Nouran Gohar in both finals. The Egyptian will begin the 2021-22 season top of the pile.
Nour El Tayeb and Camille Serme begin the new season ranked No.3 and No.4, while Hania El Hammamy rises two places to No.5.
As a result, Amanda Sobhy and Sarah-Jane Perry drop to No.6 and No.7, while Joelle King stays at No.8 and Salma Hany remains at No.9.
India’s Joshna Chinappa falls a spot to No.11, while Olivia Clyne moves up a place to a joint career-high ranking of No.12. Tesni Evans (Wales) drops two spots to No.13 as Nadine Shahin moves up to a career-high ranking of No.14. Belgium’s Nele Gilis moves the other way as she drops to No.15.
Yathreb Adel falls a spot to No.16, with Canada’s Hollie Naughton moving to a career-best No.17 ranking. USA’s Sabrina Sobhy rises four places to reach a career-high No.18 ranking, which she shares with England’s Alison Waters.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Danielle Letourneau moves up two places to reach the top 20 for the first time, marking the first time that two Canadian women have been ranked inside the top 20 at the same time.
The biggest mover on the women’s tour is England’s 18-year-old Katie Malliff, who climbs 213 places to No.163 following her appearances at both the British Open and the TWC Squash Squared Open last month.
India’s Akshaya Sri is the second biggest mover after rising 135 spots to No.241 following a semi-final finish at the HCL SRFI Indian Tour (Chennai 3).
PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20 – September 2021.
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